A blog post for the holidays…


The Radio 4 programme, the Moral Maze, explores various controversial moral and philosophical issues each week with a panel who question a diverse group of “witnesses”. As it was the last show before the summer holidays, the 30th July episode explored idleness – or, strictly speaking, leisure.


Philip Booth appeared as a witness to give a Catholic perspective. He made the point that idleness was not a good thing. However, the Catholic Church is rather non-prescriptive when it comes to the details of how we spend our leisure time. The key thing is that leisure helps us develop our mind, body and soul. There is even room for some frivolous pursuits in a well-ordered leisure time.

You can listen to the whole programme here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001p1w6

Philip Booth’s segment is at: 22 minutes 30 seconds with the interrogators Ash Sarkar and Tim Stanley. Tim Stanley is also a Catholic and his contribution runs all the way through the programme.


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Author: Philip Booth

Published: 13th August 2023

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