SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
August 2021
July 29, 2021
Unusually for me, I had a weekend of sport. The heights of a victory at Lord’s followed by the defeat at Wembley were enough to test the faith. It will be a while before going to Rome is seen more positively than at the time of Cromwell.  The weekend also demonstrated the simplistic fallacy of
July 29, 2021
Melanie McDonagh remembers left-leaning theologian Herbert McCabe
July 29, 2021
The demise of the Universe, a Catholic paper with 160 years of history, is both sad in itself and telling about the condition of the Catholic media in Britain. The challenges faced by the Catholic press are several. The most practical is to do with Covid. Historically, religious papers relied on people buying copies from
July 29, 2021
Grouse breasts with pancetta and olive tapenade
July 29, 2021
Rumours have been circulating that Pope Francis is planning some kind of restriction on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (EF), the “Traditional Mass”. This form of the liturgy clearly still has opponents in the Church. Its supporters regard it as, potentially, being a key driver of the Church’s revival, because of the counter-cultural zeal
July 29, 2021
As the oldest Catholic newspaper in Britain goes under, there’s still an appetite for incisive religious reporting, says Stephen Bates
July 28, 2021
After the whirligig of summer, it’s time to stop and think and consider what 
has worked well in the garden – and what might work next year, says Charlie Hart
July 28, 2021
The soul gives the body life and is the only part of us that cannot die. 
We should learn to appreciate it
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