SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Opinion
June 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The story of St Thomas still resonates, over 850 years after his death.
June 01, 2021
Constance Watson
As the government tries to keep us all alive, a raft of new material 
suggests there is nothing to fear from the afterlife
June 01, 2021
Sophia Waugh
Evelyn Waugh’s idyllic Somerset house is for sale again. It appears to have lost its soul, says Sophia Waugh
May 30, 2021
Steven D. Greydanus
The last straw for Steve Skojec was an FSSP priest telling him that his son couldn’t make his first communion, and his soon-to-be-born son would not be baptized, because their family hadn’t been to Mass enough during the pandemic. The founder of the traditionalist site OnePeter5 was outraged and heartbroken — but even more, he
May 28, 2021
Peter Wolfgang
It was the 1990s. The Catholic twenty-somethings like me who gathered around their TVs every Thursday night to watch Friends were too young to have ever heard of the Legion of Decency, which operated back when a Catholic organization could make or break a Hollywood movie. We wanted something entertaining, a story and characters we
May 27, 2021
Roberto Rivera
A man embraces his wife and daughter after crossing the Rio Grande near the border between Mexico and the United States in Del Rio, Texas. (Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images)   While people debate whether the United States has been a “Christian nation,” no one has ever claimed it has been a Catholic one. If
May 26, 2021
Charles Collins
Despite its novelty – 50 years is nothing in Church time – the Synod, too, can fall into the same “functionalism” against which Pope Francis warned the Dicastery for Communication earlier this week.
May 25, 2021
Rachel Lu
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images   I’ve just finished reading Boomers, Helen Andrews’ send-up of her parents’ generation. My parents are Boomers too, but I’m laughing a little, because her assessment is almost exactly the opposite of mine. She blames the Boomers for, well, pretty much everything that’s wrong with modern life, but especially neoliberalism,
May 21, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
If the incongruity of making the Church more synodalitous by papal diktat ever occurred to him, neither he nor his lieutenants and mouthpieces have given any evidence of it.
We are all familiar with the high profile court cases such as those brought by Dianne Pretty, Debbie Purdy, Tony Nicklinson and others plus countless attempts to get legislation through Parliament. Euthanasia campaigners will not give up, but their arguments are based on seven false pillars.
May 19, 2021
Mary Pezzulo
Angel was in need, and friends were happy to help her, until they discovered that she wasn't in the need she'd said she was. If you practice the works of mercy, sometimes you're going to get conned. Practice them anyway.
May 18, 2021
Hugh McNeill
"We were a community of servants, a nation serving our communities," says Coventry Foodbank's Hugh McNeill of England under pandemic lockdown. "Surely, we don’t want to lose our togetherness now the world is opening up step by step."