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Writing in 1940, the Catholic Herald columnist Douglas Jerrold describes the ways in which he thinks the English left misrepresented the Right. Jerrold has been described as a “romantic anticapitalist” in the style of Hilaire Belloc, with doubts about democracy and sympathies for Franco and (like George Bernard Shaw) Mussolini. He believed himself to be a
Describing her as “a distinguished Anglican writer,” the Catholic Herald asked the mystery novelist and playwright Dorothy Sayers to contribute to a forum on the fiftieth anniversary of Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum. A note at the end warned readers that the article had been taken over the telephone and might include “deviations from Miss
June 19, 2021
Peter Wolfgang
The American bishops have agreed to write a statement on whether pro-choice Catholic politicians may receive Communion. It's needed, though it will be toothless. But that's not the real issue, anymore. The problem is many of them now oppose the Church living by her principles, when those principles contradict Democratic party policy.
June 16, 2021
Joe Grabowski
Of course it was just another example of tokenism and hucksterism by a corporation seeking to align itself with a faddish cause célèbre. Of course the media’s and the Twitterati’s response demonstrates that for all our demographic stagnation and declining fertility, the relative rate of birth of suckers has not slowed since P. T. Barnum
June 15, 2021
Jacqueline Abernathy
Texas high schooler Paxton Smith gave a surprise valedictorian’s address at her high school’s graduation reacting to the state’s attempt to restrict abortion. She said she needed access to abortion to accomplish her goals. Without it, she was “terrified.” Jacqueline Abernathy, once an ambitious high school star herself, explains why she’s so wrong.   “I
June 10, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Whatever Cardinal Marx's reasons for submitting his resignation, Pope Francis's rejection of it makes the whole thing to appear thoroughly managed -- orchestrated -- choreographed.
A lament from 1967 of all the laity lost in the changes of the mid-sixties, which provides a worrying precedent for the state of the Church today.
June 09, 2021
Adam A.J. DeVille
My church and my country, and a community I value, have been implicated in hiding a mass grave of abused children. An unmarked mass grave of 215 indigenous children has been discovered under a residential school in British Columbia run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. This has haunted me as a Catholic, as a
June 09, 2021
Charles Collins
"I don't expect members of panel shows or even Church Times columnists to be experts on Catholic Church law," writes Charles Collins. "But let’s face it, most of those who are upset with the Catholic Church for allowing Johnson to marry his girlfriend (and mother of his child) are more upset with the prime minister’s policies than his - or the Church’s - morals."
June 07, 2021
William Doino Jr
When Sister Margherita Marchione died recently, at the age of 99, the New York Times, to its credit, published a lengthy and sympathetic obituary. Less to its credit was the clumsy anti-Catholic mistake in the obituary. A mistake the newspaper then, surprisingly, corrected.
June 01, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
The whole ecclesiastical leadership culture has to change: not in a sentimental, “caring about the victims” way, either. Caring about the victims is a bare minimum, a baseline requirement, the measure of which is in its effects. That means the culture needs to change in practical, nuts-and-bolts ways.
June 01, 2021
The Catholic Herald
The story of St Thomas still resonates, over 850 years after his death.
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