Thinking Faith

Pope Francis’ third encyclical ‘poses an incremental expansion of the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching which carefully lays bare its logic and gently radicalises some of its implications’, writes Damian Howard SJ. In Fratelli tutti, how does the pope respond to a confused and troubled world which is struggling to articulate a vision for its future, with a gospel-centred narrative which is both practical and ambitious?Catholic Social Teaching just keeps coming these days. That should...
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14-20 May is Mental Health Awareness Week, an initiative to encourage discussion about and reduce stigma around mental health issues.In response to demand from many listeners and readers, the Jesuits in Britain are taking this opportunity to offer a range of different resources about situations in which people struggle to find peace of mind and heart.You will find content to help you explore some of the causes, effects and manifestations of anxiety, and to pray, think, learn and talk about life...
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Thinking Faith, the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain, celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. Since 2008, Thinking Faith has been publishing articles that offer a faith-based perspective on contemporary issues and resources about the Catholic tradition.In January 2008 Pope Benedict XVI was the head of the Catholic Church; Gordon Brown led a Labour government; Donald J. Trump was a registered Democrat; and a teenager called Adele released her first album.  Frances Murphy, who...
Theresa May should understanding Christians' outrage, writes Joe Egerton
A frequent contributor to Thinking Faith and an alumnus of Stonyhurst College has called on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, to distance herself from what he calls “that small group of Brexiteers” who desire to use EU nationals as bargaining chips, saying they are “violating every canon of liberal and Christian decency”.In a letter published in the Financial Times, Joe Egerton was responding to the suggestion by the FT’s associate editor Wolfgang Münchau who writes a weekly column about the...
Connecting faith with the life of our timesIn the words of one of Thinking Faith’s readers, who recently wrote to express her appreciation of the Jesuits in Britain’s online journal: ‘The writers are able to connect the Church’s faith with the life of our times.’This is exactly what Thinking Faith seeks to do. One of the pillars of the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola is to ‘find God in all things’, and we take ‘all things’ to mean just...
I began working with the Jesuits in Britain in the summer of 2008, six months after the launch of the province’s online journal, Thinking Faith, of which I am now Editor. I had followed the growth of the journal since its beginning, having met the founding editorial group while they were still in the planning stages, and I was delighted when I discovered that they were looking for a new member of the team. The Church played a big part in my upbringing; I was educated in Catholic schools,...
I was born and grew up in the South East of England. After leaving university, I joined the Jesuits at the age of 23 and it took me nine years of training to be ordained a priest in Brixton Hill in 1999, a moment which has always seemed like the turning-point of my life.I have done a variety of different jobs since then: I worked as a curate in a vibrant parish, learning from more experienced priests and the People of God themselves what priesthood means. I spent some years working in an...
A few years ago, six or seven years ago to be more precise, I was fortunate to participate in a training programme in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. We were sixteen on the course. The worldwide Society of Jesus which St Ignatius founded was well represented. There were men from North America and Europe; from Zambia and Malawi and Rwanda; from Goa, Madras, the Punjab and Calcutta; from Japan and even China. To the surprise of many, this was my very first visit to Rome. So before, in between...