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My New Radio Series

I’m pleased to announce that I am co-hosting a new radio series with celebrated talk show host, Mike Church. The series is called “The Pearcing Truth” (pun entirely intended!) and will focus in alternate weeks on famous literary converts and the social teaching of the Catholic Church. The series, which is currently airing on the Crusade Channel on the Veritas Radio Network can be accessed here: http://veritasradionetwork.com/downloads/tag/joseph-pearce/

The Drama of Faith

Subscribers to the St. Austin Review will have a sense of dêja vu when reading the latest article of mine published by the Imaginative Conservative. It was originally published as the editorial to a recent issue of StAR. Those who are not StARsubscribers (shame on you!) can read it for the first time here: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/09/worlds-stage-drama-faith-joseph-pearce.html

Hurricanes and Raptures

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I am in the emergency room waiting for the second injection in the rabies vaccine series. (I tried to rescue a squirrel during the hurricane on Monday, and he bit me.) A lady, who said she was 65, stopped me as I walked to my seat in the waiting area. She wanted conversation, but she often started to cry when she spoke. When I asked her if she was all right, she said, “Oh, yes,…

“Tolerating Other Religions” by G.K. Chesterton

“Tolerating Other Religions” By G.K. Chesterton “Illustrated London News” May 31, 1913 When I was a boy, in the old indescribable days which I can only describe as the great days of Stead, a thing met that was called the Parliament of Religions. It had all the evils of a Parliament. It had the narrow novelty, the deaf dignity, the profound isolation and unpopularity that a Parliament so often commands. A Member of Parliament must…

Little Saints of the Poor

I’m always crabby when I go to Sunday Mass.  If I were the perfect Catholic, this would not be the case.  But I am not the perfect Catholic. For one thing, I don’t like doing anything on Sundays.  For another, the homilies are always insipid and the music makes me want to throw things and hurt people.  “You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat” – just typing those words has made me…

Hatred Comes in Many Colours

Here’s my latest contribution to the racially-charged debate sweeping the country: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/09/hatred-comes-many-colours-politics-pride-prejudice-joseph-pearce.html

My Interview with Patrick Coffin

Last week I recorded a 45 minute video interview with Patrick Coffin, discussing my wicked past and hopefully not quite as wicked present. Those wishing to wallow in the mire of my past while gazing with me at the stars are welcome to join me and Patrick in our exchange. Click on the link and enjoy or endure what follows! https://www.patrickcoffin.media/videos/from-neo-nazi-skinhead-to-literary-scholar/

The Faith & the South

The Faith & the South The new issue of the St. Austin Review is hot off the press. This issue’s theme is “The Faith & the South”. Highlights include: John Devanny surveys Catholicism and the ‘Older Religiousness’ of the South. Adam Tate considers Southern Catholics and Protestant Bias in the light of Bishop John England’s 1839 debate with Rev. Richard Fuller. Christopher J. Carter examines Catholicism in Colonial Alabama. William Randall Lancaster pays tribute to Charles Maxwell…

Happy Birthday, Bob Newhart

In three television films between 2004 and 2008, Bob Newhart played Judson, the director of an unusual urban library.  The fictional Metropolitan Public Library contains secret chambers holding priceless artifacts, such as the Ark of the Covenant and King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur.  To carry on the work of the library, Judson hires a young scholar, a highly-strung and socially awkward bachelor, but at one point the young man rebels, in large part because the secret…

Crossing Swords with C. S. Lewis

Visitors to the Ink Desk will have become accustomed to the comments on each new issue by Father Peter Milward, the internationally-renowned Shakespeare scholar who was always a keen supporter of the St. Austin Review. Sadly Father Milward died on August 16th. Here is my heartfelt tribute to a great scholar and a good friend: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2017/08/shakespeare-scholar-crossed-swords-c-s-lewis.html

Become a Patron of the Catholic Arts

Become a Patron of the Catholic Arts A Personal Appeal by Joseph Pearce It’s hard to believe that the St. Austin Review is now in its seventeenth year. I have been blessed to be its editor since its birth, way back in 2001, and have always considered my role as editor to be a true labour of love. As we move forward I’d really like to be able to move up to another level with regard to…