SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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June 28, 2022
Hoax: The Popish Plot that Never Was by Victor Stater Yale, £20, 336 pages Titus Oates was a flat-faced con man with no credit or standing in the world. By his late twenties he had been kicked out of school, university, the Church of England and – after his conversion to Catholicism in 1677 –
June 28, 2022
Scottish Catholics had to wait for nearly 30 years after their coreligionists in England and Wales for the restoration of their own hierarchy of diocesan bishops. It was not until the late 1860s that Rome decided that something definitive must be done about the state of the Church in Scotland. Writing in the journal Recusant
June 28, 2022
During times of crisis, we should reach for the Rosary
February 28, 2022
David Abulafia reviews For the Freedom of Zion: The Great Revolt of Jews against Romans, 66-74 CE by Guy MacLean Rogers
February 28, 2022
How vivid accounts of terrible events can help to strengthen our faith
November 11, 2021
Ravenna, Italy, Nov 11, 2021 / 04:20 am The poet Dante famously traveled through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in his masterpiece the “Divine Comedy.” Now, Catholics have a chance to follow in his footsteps — his earthly ones, that is.  Dante’s Walk is a 235-mile route that takes pilgrims from the Byzantine splendor of the city
October 22, 2021
Mary Kenny reviews Women in the War 
by Lucy Fisher,
 with a foreword by Baroness Boothroyd
July 01, 2021
The Arab Conquests by Justin Marozzi Apollo, £18.99, 256 pages  Between 634 and 750 AD, Arabs created an empire larger than those of Alexander the Great or Rome, stretching from the Pyrenees to the Himalayas. This global turning point is brilliantly narrated by Justin Marozzi in his latest book, with over 100 illustrations. A suitable
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