SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
November 2021
October 21, 2021
The death of Sir David Amess MP diminishes us all: his family and friends, his constituency, his party, British politics. But it is also a loss to the Church. Sir David was a Catholic who took his faith seriously and brought it into public life. He was a disinterested public servant, a champion of his
October 21, 2021
It is a cause of genuine rejoicing that Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, has been received into the Catholic Church on the feast of St Michael and All Angels. He was received by Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body that allows Anglicans
October 21, 2021
Popular physicist Professor Brian Cox says science has ruled out the existence of the soul. Not so, argues Robert Verrill OP
October 21, 2021
Thanks to evergreens and pyrotechnics, we have all sorts of ways to ignore the bleakness of winter and look forward to dazzling displays that will soon return
October 21, 2021
If homilies are to be engaging, regardless of length, a greater effort must be made, while training candidates for the priesthood, in how to speak
October 21, 2021
From vaccination centres to medieval hospitals, the secular use of churches is nothing new. By Sarah Ward Clavier and Emma J Wells
October 21, 2021
Two years ago at the age of 52 I had a minor heart attack. I know it was minor, because I’m still here to tell the tale. It happened just as lockdown began, so I was alone during surgery, and was not permitted visitors in the hospital ward. In several respects, I preferred being alone.
October 21, 2021
This month I have prepared two apple recipes – tarte tatin and an apple Charlotte – for St Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of apple orchards. Tarte tatin was invented by sisters Stéphanie and Caroline Tatin at their hotel in Loir-et-Cher in the late 1880s. While preparing a traditional tart, Stéphanie, knackered after a long
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