It’s time for Catholics to go back to no meat on every Friday (not just during Lent)

by Doug Girardot in AMERICA, The Jesuit Review When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report on Aug. 8, I felt overwhelmed. In the face of the startling news that humanity’s window for mitigating the worst effects of global warming is shrinking by the year, it seemed like there was nothing that I could do…

Britney declares she has become a Catholic

by Sebastian Milbank in THE TABLET, 6 August 2021 In a post on Instagram yesterday Britney Spears wrote: “I just got back from mass...I’m Catholic now...let us pray.”   The 39-year-old pop star was raised in a strict Baptist household and is a regular churchgoer, but has had a troubled relationship with her family and her fame. Her apparent…

Dreaming of a Single Humanity

The Vatican's newspaper has published a very personal reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a self-described feminist writer from Nigeria who has become one the world's most prominent young Anglophone authors. "Dreaming as a single humanity," was featured in the July 5 edition of L'Osservatore Romano, the Holy See's Italian-language daily. In her article,…

In Britain we keep trying to ignore the whiff of corruption

Sean O’Neill in THE TIMES, 3 August 2021 To the litany of words used to describe questionable conduct in the upper echelons of public life we must now add “access capitalism”. This is the phrase used by the hitherto little-known telecoms millionaire Mohamed Amersi to describe his ability to leverage his wealth (with the assistance…