“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” —Isaiah 49:15-16″ All the wrong turns in the past, the… Read More Can A Mother Forget?
The liberal media’s double standards on political violence are horrifying. Brendan O’Neill, Spike Online.Chief Political Writer.31st October 2022. It was the mention of zip ties that got me thinking. Apparently the man who allegedly broke into the San Francisco home of Nancy and Paul Pelosi on Friday was carrying zip ties. A possibly crazed individual… Read More Paul Pelosi and the Violence We Care About
The will to power and the privatio boni — St. Augustine “… the worshipers and admirers of these gods delight in imitating their scandalous iniquities, and are nowise concerned that the republic be less depraved and licentious. Only let it remain undefeated, they say, only let it flourish and abound in resources; let it be… Read More Augustine and the Nihil
There are many people who will cite the West as something which is under threat and something for which we should be prepared to fight to defend. Depending on which defender of the West is pontificating, the threat comes from Russia, or from Islam, or from China, or from some enemy within the West itself.… Read More Is the West Worth Defending? By Joseph Pearce.
By Malcolm Muggeridge. Some eight decades ago I came into the world, full of cries and wind and hiccups; now I prepare to leave it, also full of cries and wind and hiccups. Whence I came I cannot know, least of all in the light of contemporary myths like Darwinian evolution, Freudian psychology, situational ethics,… Read More As daylight hours draw to a close
“Today the first and perhaps the only duty of the philosopher is to defend man against himself: to defend man against that extraordinary temptation toward inhumanity to which—almost without being aware of it—so many human beings today have yielded.” —- Gabriel Marcel Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan… Read More Thomas Merton on Creation: The Rain is Not for Sale
WSJ: Oct. 22, 2022—”Giorgia Meloni was sworn in as Italy’s prime minister on Saturday, assuming power at the helm of a right-wing coalition already beset by internal squabbles over Rome’s position toward Moscow. “A staunch Atlanticist, Ms. Meloni has said her government will be steadfast in its support for Ukraine and in its opposition to… Read More Giorgia Meloni, Taking Power in Italy, Promises a Pro-Western Course
Even if it may have caused more problems than it solved, Vatican II for the future Pope was in no small part about reintegrating loose and undisciplined elements of immutable Catholic doctrine with Christological and Eucharistic teaching. George Weigel writes, “In the years immediately after the Council, Joseph Ratzinger (the future Pope Benedict XVI), who… Read More Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger on Reasons for Vatican II
Anthony Esolen: “…Every closing of a church is a knife to the heart of a real human community. Here [Canada / Quebec] people feel it more keenly perhaps than in America. There was no school till the Church made one. There were no groups for social welfare till the Church organized them, formally or informally.… Read More The Loss of the Heart of a Human Community
The New Oxford Review. In our October  symposium, Thomas Molnar, an authority on all things French, threw out the intriguing morsel that the New Oxford Review seems to be following in the footsteps of Esprit, the French Catholic review founded in 1932 by Emmanuel Mounier (who lived from 1905 to 1950). Although we would… Read More Are We “Personalists”?
By Joseph Pearce. As mentioned earlier … I was honoured to be asked to write the introduction to the first Spanish edition of the play, Sir Thomas More, which was authored by Shakespeare in collaboration with several other contemporary playwrights. Querying some of the assertions that I made in that introduction, a Spanish correspondence wrote to… Read More Shakespeare, Thomas More, and Henry VIII
There is no mystery here, in my opinion. The entire hegemonic rainbow movement, it appears evident to me, is obviously being engineered and funded by corporate powers in Western nations, powers which extort and control politicians and governments with a view to creating a one world government; a one world government with almost entirely new,… Read More Somewhere Over The 🌈 Revolution
A new Washington Post article criticized Catholic hospitals this week for providing health care to all Americans including unborn babies, prompting one prominent abortion activist to demand that they shut down. Jill Filipovic, a writer and abortion activist, said Catholic hospitals should “not be in business” or receive tax dollars to serve Medicaid and other low-income… Read More Abortion Ideologues Want Catholic Hospitals Closed
Wholly Sodom and Gomorrah, Batman! The Sovereign Scientists say God will not save us, because He does not exist. Everything is so scary we should change our minds— quick!— dissolve our national sovereignties and replace our governments and Faith with a Planetary Council that will protect and save us, or at least give us a… Read More Only a Planetary Council Can Save Us Now
And why our Faith tells us we “cannot do evil that good may come“. Fox News: “From Human to Robot and Everything in Between …a subdermal microchip in one’s hand to a tiny robot learning to imagine itself and its own purpose to a tiny microprocessor implanted directly on one’s brain, the line between man… Read More “Bio-hacking humans: implanting chips in hands and heads”
By Michael Brendan Dougherty.National Review, 10/12/22. And six decades of pseudo-theologyYears ago, during a very brief meeting at New York University with the eminent English conservative Roger Scruton, I shared with him — an Anglican by tradition — my reservations about the Second Vatican Council and my interest in the old liturgy. He had no… Read More 60 Years Since Vatican II
The “Workers” and the “Working Class” are abstract props for Internationalist Marxists like Richard Wolff, useful means to the end which, of course, is International Power. You don’t think Marxism has it’s own Dictator-for-Life Oligarchs? History is littered with them. Richard Wolff talks like a sweet old grandpa to impressionable people, but in fact he… Read More The Hissings of Richard Wolff
Existentialist philosophy and analysis, to the extent that it measures “the predicament of man and his world in the state of estrangement” (Paul Tillich) corroborates what Christian theology has always referred to as Original Sin. As a school of philosophy it seems pretty well dead now, but important insights of the original existentialists remain valid… Read More Existence and the Word
Dr. Carol Delaney is a non-Catholic, non-religious cultural anthropologist. Carol Lowery Delaney (b. December 12, 1940) is American anthropologist and author. Delaney earned an A.B. in philosophy from Boston University in 1962, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School in 1976, and her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1984. The book:… Read More Was Christopher Columbus the Villain of the Americas? Dr. Carol Delaney
Daffodils for Gravestones by John Waters This 2008 documentary, Where Was Your Family During the Famine?, in which I feature as one of three subjects of the titular question, has mysteriously entered the public domain on the last couple of weeks. It is, for me, an odd and affecting timing, since — in the timbre of radically… Read More Ireland’s John Waters. Locating Family During the Irish Famine
I dreamed I was walking through a desolate Night. I had come a greatdistance from the barren lands of Acedia. It was pitch dark except for thelantern loaned to me by the old man; there were also curious twinklings oflight which I followed in uneven, confusing patterns across the splattered glass and smoking ruins of… Read More Apocalypse Nights
‘In him we live and move and have our being’…‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ — Acts 17:28 A Breviary of Philosophy from the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas by Thomist philosopher Josef Pieper The Creature is vanity in so far as it comes from nothingness, but not in so far as it is an… Read More St. Thomas On Being and Nothingness.
Jason M. Morgan writes in the October 2022 New Oxford Review (“When the Secular Saints Go Marxing In”) “Fox News is not conservative. It is, in fact, much less conservative than Theodor Adorno (1903-1969) and Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), leaders of the Frankfurt School.“ “Alexander Riley, in a review of Mark Levin’s recent bestseller American Marxism, charges… Read More Conservative Foxes?
Updated. BBC: “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Was Henry’s decision to destroy monastic culture in this country a tyrannical act of grand larceny or the pious destruction of a corrupt institution? When he was an old man, Michael Sherbrook remembered the momentous events of his youth: “All… Read More Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries
What, exactly, is a just and moral taxation going to look like? — The Distributism Review See also, What is Distributism? By Thomas Storck Neither Capitalism or Socialism Distributism and TaxationBy Andrew McInnes “To defraud any one of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven.” – Pope… Read More Distributism and Taxation.
We can thank Socialists and Cultural Marxists for that. But Fascist? “Leftists use the smear “fascist” so often that the word has become completely untethered from its original meaning. Much like the term “racist,” “fascist” is simply shorthand for anyone who opposes leftism” Crisis Magazine online: “According to the corporate media, the West seems to… Read More Europe, it seems, is moving to the Right.
Chicago Sun Times / AP News Planned Parenthood will launch a mobile abortion clinic that offers medication abortions (pills) — and eventually procedural abortions — in the border regions of southern Illinois by the end of the year, officials said Monday. [A] 37-foot RV that will stay in Illinois but travel close to the borders… Read More Planned Parenthood launching mobile abortion clinics
Updated … “Müller is becoming a voice of reason within the Church and one many may start to rally around“ The Catholic Herald.September 29, 2022. In an interview with Infovaticana, German prelate, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has warned that Pope Francis has no authority to change… Read More Cardinal Müller challenges Pope Francis
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss one of the most remarkable figures of the Middle Ages, Hildegard of Bingen. The abbess of a Benedictine convent, Hildegard experienced a series of mystical visions which she documented in her writings. She was an influential person in the religious world and much of her extensive correspondence with popes,… Read More The Astonishing Hildegard of Bingen
In 2008 Nikolas Kozloff wrote in the New York Times, “During the 1980s and 1990s Benedict, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, acted as John Paul II’s doctrinal czar. At the time, John Paul was in the midst of a fierce battle to silence prominent Church liberals. “This conception of Christ as a political figure, a revolutionary,… Read More Catholic Social Teaching and Liberation Theology
On March 21, 1960, at approximately 2 PM, Ricardo Klement got off the bus in the San Fernando section of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In his hands was a bouquet of flowers. He was greeted at the door of 16 Garibaldi Street by his wife and children who appeared dressed for a special occasion. Little did… Read More Authority After Adolph Eichmann
“Pope Leo XIII to the Archbishops and Bishops of the United States, and dated Jan. 6, 1895. “For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act… Read More America: “Not the Most Desirable” Form of Government. But in Principle Not the Worst.
Opinion. Is International Law True Law?27th Sept. 2021. Lawteacher.net. Western nations drag other nations before International courts but often refuse to be judged there themselves. Is this just? Just what is International Law? And a discussion of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the French Revolution . International Law. “Despite the fact that international law is the… Read More Is International Law True Law?