SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Opinion
July 09, 2021
Mary Pezzulo
A friend had taken a perilous road trip, to save a family in danger of being killed. My friend’s a pro-life activist, who stands outside abortion clinics and talks to people in a friendly way. If expectant mothers going into the clinic are willing, she befriends them, and she gets them what they need so
July 07, 2021
Steven D. Greydanus
One of the more uncomfortable homilies I can remember included a paean to the “heroic silence” of St Maria Goretti in the face of prolonged sexual harassment by her eventual murderer, Alessandro Serenelli. Maria’s silence, for the homilist, evoked that of Christ during his trials and passion — a connection he meant to be inspiring.
July 06, 2021
David Mills
Those who want the Latin Mass “only wish to be part of that ‘great orchestra’ of ‘unity in variety’ which, as Pope Francis said, reflects the true catholicity of the Church.” Many with leadership roles in the Church are keen to exclude them.
The highly praised novelist, columnist for The Spectator, The Oldie, and The Catholic Herald, creator of cookbooks, and Duckworth’s fiction editor, Alice Thomas Ellis was both a smoker and a contrarian. Here, writing in 1993, she writes as both. She expresses skepticism about the expertise of doctors some will feel relevant at the moment. Cat
July 03, 2021
Br. Mark Dohle
When looking for a quote on doubt, on this feast of St Thomas the Apostle, whom we call “Doubting Thomas,” I was surprised how differently people look upon this common human experience. Some of the quotes presented doubt as if it was some kind of failure. For instance, a quote from the Evangelical pastor John
July 01, 2021
Cressida Connolly
The author and journalist Cressida Connolly negotiates a Communion conundrum, with little sympathy from the priest
July 01, 2021
Constance Watson
Lavish pre-lockdown weddings are yet to return, but scaled-back services are a blessing not a curse
July 01, 2021
Serenhedd James
The extraordinary literary legacy of convert-celebré and crime writer Ronald Knox is the gift that keeps giving
July 01, 2021
Olenka Hamilton
In Monmouthshire, epitomised by the energy of the Mass at Usk’s Church of St David Lewis and St Francis Xavier, Catholic roots run deep
June 30, 2021
David Mills
Tory Christian though he was, I think C. S. Lewis would have approved of Critical Race Theory, at least the way it understands human limitation and tries to get people to understand that they see the world a certain way, which blinds them to other ways. Lewis was a cold-blooded realist in the way he
June 29, 2021
Steven D. Greydanus
Reservations about vocabulary are not a good enough reason to forgo necessary conversations about the realities of racial injustice.
June 28, 2021
Christopher R. Altieri
Maybe the bishops should make an example of the President of the United States. Maybe they ought to name him and shame him as the Dissenter-in-Chief, the bully champion of his political party’s mad promotion of so-called “abortion rights” and insane addiction to the big cheques of the abortion interest. Perhaps they ought to excommunicate the lot of ’em. Maybe. It doesn't matter. They aren’t going to.
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