SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Opinion
April 12, 2021
Peter Wolfgang
A conservative Catholic finds he admires certain "spirit of Vatican II" priests and realizes his old hope in the "JP2 generation" may have been misplaced.
April 11, 2021
Br. Mark Dohle
We love always to our fullest capacity. That might not be very great, but it can be learned. At first, we may love hesitantly and fearfully, for to open up to love takes courage. As we mature and develop our ability to have an open heart, we can slowly learn to love others for themselves
April 10, 2021
Fr Michael Halsall
Life presented him some difficult challenges, which he overcame in his unique matter-of-fact way, but perhaps without the honed diplomacy of his wife. They were a formidable team on the world stage. Their leadership and service extended across monumental changes in world affairs, and his personal awareness and vision was truly ‘modern’, in that he pioneered movements and championed technologies which we shall value long after his death.
A growing number of Catholics reject something they think is liberal society, because it doesn't enforce the Catholic moral vision. They don't see that we have good reason to value liberalism, which protects Catholics as much as anyone else.
April 06, 2021
David Mills
The Guardian's John Harris has no religion and regrets the loss of fellowship and shared meaning that religion provides the religious. His answer will not provide them. Only religion can do that.
March 31, 2021
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Terrible, disturbing things that should be met by global outrage, political pressure, and an outpouring of support for a desperately needed humanitarian response, are instead unfolding largely unnoticed by a very distracted world.
March 29, 2021
Roberto Rivera
The disciplines of Lent feel different to the depressed than the happy
March 21, 2021
Joe Grabowski
Jobert E. Abueva left the Church when the Vatican said (again) that the Church can't bless same-sex relationships. “The church slams the door right at our faces.” But what if he never quite understood the Church he's left?
March 17, 2021
Charles Collins
Synodality has become the buzzword of the present pontificate – Pope Francis has used the Synod of Bishops as the chief tool of pushing his agenda – only, what does "synodality" mean?
March 16, 2021
Peter Wolfgang
Maybe Peter Wolfgang just doesn’t love freedom and Jesus enough. Still, it's fair to wonder - as he does in this piece - how much the reaction of our own tribes this past year was due to patriotism or Catholicism, and how much of it was simply that same desire to not lose control?
March 14, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
...an exercise of brute force clothed in a gossamer administrative fig-leaf, with implausible reason given — raising questions of the true motive — ill-considered, ad hoc, juridically slapdash at best,...
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights pointed out the increased use of DNACPR notices in a September 2020 report, which particularly criticised their issuance for persons with learning disabilities or other similar impairment, solely or primarily on that basis.