SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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November 22, 2018
When Henry Sire published his book The Dictator Pope last year, he knew it could bring reprisals. Indeed, it was originally published pseudonymously – partly to protect Sire’s anonymous Vatican sources. Now Sire has been expelled from the Order of Malta – a religious order of which he has written the standard history. Sire was
November 22, 2018
Love him or hate him – and opinion is strikingly divided on that point – Raymond Arroyo (pictured) is the king of the Catholic airwaves. Lay people who usually have no interest in dedicated Catholic television channels switch to EWTN at 8pm on Thursdays to watch Arroyo’s programme, The World Over. Like mainstream cable news
November 22, 2018
Last week’s meeting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Baltimore was almost derailed after the Vatican issued a directive prohibiting votes on two key agenda items. Yet despite the meeting’s shortcomings, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo insisted it was “a sign of hope” for him. The gathering also raised further questions about whether Cardinal
November 22, 2018
November 22, 2018
It is cold and gloomy when I ask one of the Syriac Orthodox youths in the Swedish city of Södertälje to describe to me what the past year has been like. “Dark, very dark,” he replies. But he is not referring to the severe persecution of his people ­– a Christian ethnic group indigenous to
November 22, 2018
One of Europe’s strangest Church-state relationships may soon come to an end if a Catholic bishop is forced to abdicate as co-prince of Andorra in a dispute over abortion. The Diari d’Andorra daily said the warning had been issued by the Pope in a telephone conversation with the principality’s chief executive, Antoni Martí, as his
November 22, 2018
I have dinner at the Travellers Club in London’s Pall Mall with an author who has written widely on both the Church of England and the Royal Family. I find both topics fascinating and, thanks to my Catholic faith, somewhat alien. The next reign will be interesting, for Prince Charles does not believe in the
November 22, 2018
I live on both sides of a border. Not a geographical one, but one which is often a dividing line between two groups. I was raised a conservative Catholic, and conservative in most other things as well. Although my dad worked politically for the Liberal Party, almost everything about my upbringing was conservative, particularly with
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