SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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November 29, 2018
How suspicious should Catholics be? If we’re always suspicious, seeing heresy around every corner, we’ll exhaust ourselves and probably fail in charity too. But we have to be suspicious sometimes – because there’s a duty to defend the faith, and some attacks on the faith are devious and subtle. That dilemma was at the heart of
November 29, 2018
The big story of the past seven days ✣ Organisers of February abuse summit named What happened? The Vatican has named the organising committee for February’s abuse summit in Rome. The panel, decided by Pope Francis, includes two of the Church’s top authorities on abuse, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and Fr Hans Zollner, as
November 29, 2018
You must see the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition at Tate Britain in London, especially if you love myths and legends, heroes and monsters. Jones was a 19th-century, Protestant, Pre-Raphaelite artist with a background in theology: not quite “one of us” but with a foot in a medieval past that gave his painting a Catholic sensibility, much
November 29, 2018
With his high forehead, cleft chin and old-world manners, Bishop Bernard Fellay has a definite aura. At Angelus Press’s annual Conference on Catholic Tradition in October, I watched as laymen, priests and Religious approached him, hoping to kiss his ring. He offered his hand with neither condescension nor embarrassment (both of which are more usual
November 29, 2018
Theresa May’s reported refusal to offer asylum to Asia Bibi in Britain has earned her well-deserved criticism. The case is a straightforward one of offering refuge to a victim of persecution who, despite her acquittal on transparently false blasphemy charges in Pakistan, would certainly be killed by a fanatical mob should she emerge from hiding.
November 29, 2018
St Louis, Missouri Victim of shooting recalled as a ‘lovely soul’ Catholics have paid tribute to a parishioner who was fatally shot last week. Jamie Schmidt, a mother of three, was a customer in a Catholic goods shop when a gunman entered the shop, sexually assaulted two women there and then shot Schmidt. Mourners gathered
November 29, 2018
Increasing numbers of Catholics are embracing the belief that money can buy divine rewards
November 29, 2018
The Italian bishops’ conference voted recently to approve a change to the translation of the Our Father used in the official Italian edition of the Roman Missal (Novus Ordo Missae). If the Italian bishops’ decision is approved by the Vatican, then soon the prayer will no longer be recited liturgically with the words, non indurci