SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Magazine
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
SIR – George Osborne’s recent Budget announcement that from April 2017, new recipients of tax or housing benefits will receive child benefit only for the first two children, has provoked little concern, even from his critics (Home news, July 10). The public are generally supportive of this measure to promote “behavioural change” – unsurprisingly, given
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
FINE ART REVIEW   Contemporary Art Round-Up Contemporary art: what’s it all about? Money seems to be the deciding factor. Accordingly, I put all the artists I saw around London this weekend into Artprice’s “Contemporary Art Sales League 2014” spreadsheet. Within the six galleries visited, only four names came inside the top 500. Richard Prince
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
If I was producing Child Genius (Channel 4, Tuesdays, 9pm), I’d do it differently. The format is clever kids answering questions that would fox Einstein. “What’s the square root of Piccadilly Circus?” Etc. Now, what I’d do is enter one less academically gifted – and ask them absurdly easy questions. “How many fingers am I
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
Matthew Bourne’s hugely enjoyable dance-drama, The Car Man, at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, is now subtitled Bizet’s Carmen Re-Imagined. The choreography has been much improved since I last saw Bourne’s thriller in 2002. The only Carmen aspect about the production is the reorchestration of Bizet’s music by Rodion Shchedrin. Bourne has got rid of Mérimée’s story
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
It isn’t often that a critic gets the chance to walk to a concert through fields of bleating sheep; and as someone more used to elbowing his way into London’s Festival Hall through semi-drunken office workers, people doing rap routines and skateboards firing like torpedoes through the trashy precincts of the Southbank Centre, I can’t
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
Stalin’s Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan, Fourth ESTATE, £25 Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin, not only had the courage to defect from Russia but also the ability to describe the experience of growing up in her father’s monstrous shadow. Her book, Twenty Letters to a Friend, published soon after her defection in 1967, became
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
How the Bible Became Holy by michael l satlow, yale, £12.99 We now know a great deal about how, when and why specific biblical texts were composed. There is still much to learn about the mechanisms by which these texts acquired authority among the faithful, both Jewish and Christian. We sometimes assume that the various
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
The Seed Collectors by Scarlett Thomas, Canongate, £14.99 ‘If you want a really good time, go into a church,” a character suggests two thirds through Scarlett Thomas’s new novel, The Seed Collectors. It’s not just the quality of the sermons that’s exciting this character, however, but also the transformative effects of a liquid produced by
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
50 Poems for My 50th by Sarah de Nordwall (Bard Press, £9.99). Spirited, provocative, tender and personal, these poems by the founder of the Bard School are a delight, reminding those with jaded appetites that the world is full of wonder and the task of poetry is to open our eyes to the mysterious beauty
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
EX 16:2-4; EPH 4:17 & 20-24; JN 6:24-35  (YEAR B) Grumbles and murmurings punctuated Israel’s progress to the promised land. At Meribah they had first complained of thirst. Later they would bemoan their hunger in the wilderness, complaining that Moses was leading them to their deaths. Too easily we accept grumbling as a part of
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
This week we celebrate the Transfiguration, when our Lord allowed something of His true splendor to shine through His (our) humanity for Peter, John and James. That’s an amazing grace! Have you ever wondered why some people receive amazing graces and others don’t? St Maximus Confessor (d 682) gives an interesting insight while he comments
July 31, 2015
Catholic Herald View
In recent years, St Bartholomew’s, in the shadow of Smithfield Market in the City of London, has become most famous for its appearance in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Next time the film is on television, look out for the scene where Hugh Grant ditches Duckface at the altar. In the background is the
Donate
Please Donate

Having been unable to sell in churches for well over a year due to the pandemic, we are now inviting readers to support the Herald by investing in our future. We have been a bold and influential voice in the church since 1888, standing up for traditional Catholic culture and values.

Please join us on our 130 year mission by supporting us. We are raising £250,000 to safeguard the Herald as a world-leading voice in Catholic journalism and teaching. For more information from our chairman on contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund, click here

Make a Donation

Donors giving £500 or more will automatically become sponsor patrons of the Herald. This includes two complimentary print/digital gift subscriptions, invitations to Patron events, pilgrimages and dinners, and 6 gift subscriptions sent to priests, seminaries, Catholic schools, religious care homes and prison and university chaplaincies. Click here for more information on becoming a Patron Sponsor. Click here for more information about contributing to the Herald Patron's Fund