SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Magazine
August 12, 2022
Michael Yelton
Michael Yelton introduces the reestablishment of devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham
August 12, 2022
Stefan Bauer
Catholic Spectacle and Rome’s Jews: Early Modern Conversion and Resistance Emily Michelson Princeton University Press, £30, 352 pages In 1555 Pope Paul IV decreed that Rome’s Jews, “who through their own fault were condemned to eternal servitude”, should now live within the walls of a ghetto whose doors would be locked at night. These strictures
August 12, 2022
William Davage
Incomparable Realms: Spain during the Golden Age, 1500-1700 Jeremy Robbins Reaktion Books, £25, 464 pages Spain’s Golden Age spanned the reigns of five monarchs which form-ed a “lineage of piety”: Charles I (Charles V when Holy Roman Emperor), Philip II, Philip III, Philip IV, ending with the death in 1700 of Charles II, the “Bewitched”,
August 12, 2022
William Cash
The Great Passion by James Runcie Bloomsbury, £16.99, 272 pages This sublime novel about the domestic and spiritual genesis behind Johann Sebastian Bach’s writing of his St Matthew Passion – first performed in Leipzig on Good Friday, 1727 – is every bit as brilliantly dramatic as Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play Amadeus. I couldn’t put it
August 12, 2022
Laura Perrins
A decline in religion in Britain is destroying the integrity of our public institutions
August 12, 2022
David Albert Jones
The Supreme Court’s decision rests on how the US Constitution is interpreted
August 12, 2022
Fr Mark Vickers
If politics and public life are not underpinned by Christian values, we are in deep trouble
August 12, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Simon Caldwell on ‘Hot Holy Ladies’, an exhibition exploring the stories of English Catholic women who defied persecution
August 12, 2022
William Cash
Few priests have Fr Gerry’s charisma as well as moral clarity on the leading issues facing the Church and society today.
August 12, 2022
Gavin Ashenden
As secularism has relentlessly attacked Christianity and driven it to the edges, there is a vacuum left at the centre of the human heart.
August 12, 2022
Ken Craycraft
I am not happy with Bruen, not because of the Court’s judgement, but rather because the Second Amendment is a dangerous anachronism that should be repealed
August 12, 2022
Michael Hodges
A Biographical Dictionary of English Architecture, 1540-1640 Mark Girouard Yale, £40, 372 pages Mark Girouard, born a Catholic in 1937, is the unchallenged doyen of English architectural historians, particularly after the recent lamented death of John Harris. His major works include The Victorian Country House (1971), Life in the English Country House (1978) and Robert
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