Review: The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights, 1829 by Antonia Fraser — reform’s rough ride

The heated and bitter battle for Catholic emancipation Review by Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times, May 13 2018 At a gallop: Wellington escaping a Protestant mob In the summer of 1780 London seethed with tension. Two years earlier the government had begun relaxing the strict laws that denied Catholics the right to vote, buy land or even inherit…

Mom was a pioneer when she chose love over the church

From Don Lambert in The National Catholic Reporter, 27 June 2015: Gathered around our 87-year-old mother's open casket, my siblings and I were astonished and gratified by what we learned. Our mother, who taught us to obey the rules, had herself disobeyed them 55 years earlier, with life-altering consequences for herself and for her family.…

Why all the sniping at single women – are they having too much fun?

From Hannah Jane Parkinson in The Guardian, 12 May 2018: All the single ladies, all the single ladies, all the single ladies, now put your hands up! Because you ruin absolutely everything and deserve to be called out. Endlessly, and around the world. The latest example is Kanji Kato, a Japanese MP who has called…

Student mental health is suffering as universities burst at the seams

From an anonymous academic in The Guardian, 11 May 2018: Ever since tuition fees rose to £9,000 in 2012, UK universities have seen a fall in real-terms funding. To plug the gap, oversubscribed institutions sought to rapidly expand when the government lifted the student numbers cap. There is startling confirmation of this in recent figures:…

Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are better Than You Think by Hans Rosling

Book Review by Oliver Thring in the SUNDAY TIMES, 29 April 2018: Hans Rosling, who died last year, was a Swedish statistician, doctor and public-health professor who latterly befriended Bill Gates. The Microsoft founder has written an effusive plaudit for Rosling’s last and posthumously published book, which was completed by his son and daughter-in-law and…

I thought I had failed my kids spiritually—then I went to my daughter’s parish

By Valerie Schultz in ‘America’, the Jesuit Review, 1 May 2018: Accustomed as I am to attending Mass alone, it was with great joy that I recently went to Mass at my daughter’s parish. Let me pause and note: I have waited a long time to say anything like the phrase “my daughter’s parish.” Although…