SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Opinion & Features
May 24, 2022
David Albert Jones
In 1973 in the Roe v Wade case, the Supreme Court legalised abortion throughout the United States.  Now, almost fifty years later the same court is considering overturning that judgement and returning abortion law to the states to decide.   Media reporting of this case, especially in Europe, has been quite misleading. Often journalists have simply repeated
May 23, 2022
Laura Perrins
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has finally announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in his archdiocese, nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion.  In a letter to the faithful he said, “after numerous attempts to speak with
May 19, 2022
Francis Young
The weekend of 14th and 15th May witnessed a historic return of Benedictine monks to the site of the Abbey of St Edmund, Bury St Edmunds, whose millennium is being celebrated by the town in 2022. Monks of the English Benedictine Congregation from Douai Abbey and Ampleforth Abbey were joined by the Bishop of East
May 18, 2022
Damian Collins
Once gone, St Benet’s Hall will be impossible to replace, writes alumnus Damian Collins MP Like all current and former students of St Benet’s Hall I was distressed to read the statement from the Master this week that the Hall may no longer hold a licence from the University of Oxford beyond the current academic
May 18, 2022
Olenka Hamilton
Catholic Herald director and former MP Brooks Newmark has helped thousands of refugees to safety during the war Former MP Brooks Newmark has spent the last two months organising buses to move women, children and the elderly out of Ukraine to safety. To date, he has transported 7,692 refugees. Initially, he started moving people from the
May 17, 2022
Serenhedd James
St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, looks set to close, writes Serenhedd James The optimism with which I wrote about the future of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, in the February edition of the Catholic Herald was clearly misplaced. The Master, Professor Richard Cooper, has now written to students to say that the University Council decided on 9th May that
May 11, 2022
Dualta Roughneen
Attacking the reputation of a Catholic saint, no longer alive to defend herself (although it’s unlikely she would bother in any case), is a popular sport. Christopher Hitchens set the tone in 1995 with his book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and since then it has been open house on one of the Catholic
May 07, 2022
Simon Caldwell
SINCE Simon James Green, the homosexual author of ‘teen fiction’, was prevented from promoting his latest book at a Catholic secondary school, he has been depicted as a victim, a tragic and misunderstood defender of the rights of LGBT+ children. Green likes to present himself in this way. It is how he sees himself. In a recent
May 06, 2022
Laura Perrins
Well, we knew it would get ugly but the left in America have gone full mafia tactics with the unprecedented leak of the draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade. Never in the history of the court has a draft opinion been leaked. This smashes the constitutional norms of the court and the
May 03, 2022
Laura Perrins
Let’s keep this simple. If you think inviting an author of sexually explicit material that also has a sprinkling of blasphemy to a Catholic school is a good idea, then do not become a governor at that school and do not teach there. If you are a parent who has a child there I suggest
May 03, 2022
Ken Craycraft
The abortion wars in the US are not over, the battle lines have merely been redrawn
Thinking in terms of McCarricks, plural, is important for the Catholic Church. If we’ve had to suffer one, what’s to stop there being others? Indeed, among many lessons to be learned from the whole sorry spectacle, surely one is that being a McCarrick can (to borrow a concept from game theory) be a supremely profitable ‘strategy’.
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