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Big Brother in the Classroom

In my latest article for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society, I admire the wisdom of the late Joseph Sobran with regard to the dangers of state interference in education:  https://journal.newmansociety.org/2017/11/big-brother-classroom/

Jef Murray Remembered

A friend in England has sent me a link to a moving tribute to my good friend, the late Jef Murray. Subscribers to the St. Austin Review will remember Jef as our longtime artist-in-residence, whose sketches and paintings graced our pages. Lovers of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis will know him as a highly gifted artist of scenes from Middle-earth and Narnia. All those who knew him, either personally or through his work, will be moved by…

The Four Pillars of Education

My article on the four pillars of a good education is newly published by the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society: https://journal.newmansociety.org/2017/11/restoring-four-pillars-education/

Defending Dr. Johnson

In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I defend Dr. Johnson from those who claim that he didn’t mean what he says he meant, and, in so doing, defend myself from those who claim that I don’t mean what I say I mean. Confused? Hopefully all will become clear upon reading the article: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/11/defending-dr-johnson-joseph-pearce.html

Odo of Bayeux and the Warrior’s Soul

Five images survive of Bishop Odo of Bayeux (c. 1030-1097), three occurring on the Bayeux Tapestry, two on his episcopal seal.  To be precise, the seal itself has gone missing, but a nineteenth-century drawing of it survives.  The first image on the Tapestry shows him giving the blessing at a chicken dinner; the second has him seated at the right hand of the Duke of Normandy; the third depicts him at the Battle of Hastings. …

Language and Education

My latest article for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society looks at the importance of words as the foundation of all education: https://journal.newmansociety.org/2017/11/beginning-words-language-education/

Arguing about the Meaning of Meanings

My latest argument for the Imaginative Conservative involves me in a controversy with another writer about the meaning of words: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/11/beginning-was-word-joseph-pearce.html

Luther, Newman, and Conversion

To the delight of philatelists and dismay of traditionalists, word was the Vatican’s post office would issue a stamp to commemorate Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of his Ninety-five Theses.  On that day in October, 1517, when he nailed up his now famous Theses, Luther began securing a place in history, but needless to say, a Vatican postage stamp highlighting his schism could make some people believe that there is suddenly ice skating in…

A Conversation on the Benedict Option

Earlier this year a conversation I had on the “Benedict Option” was recorded for posterity. Here’s the transcript of part of that conversation: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/10/conversation-benedict-option-joseph-pearce.html