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Published on
28 February 2019

Newman’s Age

In the coming year Pope Francis seems now likely to canonise the English Cardinal, John Henry Newman, completing a first step taken by Pope Benedict XVI who beatified him (declared him ‘Blessed’) in 2010. The Pope Emeritus has often referred to Newman in the same vein as his fellow-countryman St. Thomas More as figures who, […]

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Published on
30 January 2019

Remembering History

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This week has been one marked by many for recall of Holocaust Memorial Day. Acts of collective remembrance do play powerful roles in a nation’s psyche. Remembering historical events faces the challenge of stirring a continuous relevance, as memories fade with each passing generation and perceptions – however slowly – change. Yet Holocaust Memorial Day […]

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Published on
9 January 2019

Schumacher and Subsidiarity

In our current malaise(s) it is worth musing on the work of the great German-born economist E.F. Schumacher (1911–1977). Schumacher brought the social teaching of the Catholic Church, in the form of the worked theories of subsidiarity and distributism, back to the forefront of economic debate. His legacy emphasises the Christian truth that ‘the substance […]

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Published on
30 October 2014

Anscombe Memorial Lecture 2014, given by Professor John Finnis

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Professor John Finnis delivered the 5th annual Anscombe Memorial Lecture at St John’s College, Oxford, entitled “Body and Soul: on Anscombe’s ‘royal road’ to true belief.’” The event was chaired by Professor Luke Gormally, hosted by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, and co-sponsored by Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford.

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Published on
1 October 2013

Faith Schools and the Future of Secularism

With publication of a series of YouGov polls the State’s funding of religious education is once again in the news. Secularists have renewed their assault on all things religious, and public and religious leaders have responded saying that State-backed faith schools are a ‘precious right’ and that it is wrong to drag children into an […]

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Published on
13 September 2012

Nick Clegg and the ‘Bigot’ Row

For many supporters of same-sex marriage (SSM) in the UK their opponents are ‘bigots’. They are entitled to their opinion but the epithet in question is, to parody Samuel Beckett, fast becoming a word in search of some meaning. The assumption is that there are people who want something, and that there is no problem […]

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Published on
5 September 2012

‘Darwinian Honesty’, and Vegas

There is a school of thought that holds we are at our most honest, and most essentially human, when at our most animal level. This, at least, is a suggestion made by Marc Cooper in his book, The Last Honest Place in America, about high-stakes poker games in Las Vegas. ‘Its thesis’, writes David Flusfeder, […]

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1 September 2011

Return to Normality

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After the summer break the team at A Blog for All Seasons is now resuming normal service. There will be entries from some new contributors as well as from others who have written before. Perhaps unusually, the summer has not been the ‘quiet’ period it is conventionally taken to be. Turbulence in the global markets, […]

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