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A Royal Pilgrimage

In my book, Merrie England, I recount a pilgrimage to Peterborough Cathedral in homage of Katherine of Aragon, the first and best wife of Henry VIII. Here’s a recent article by another pilgrim to the shrine of this holy queen:   http://www.crisismagazine.com/2016/on-royal-pilgrimage

Catholic “Magic”

I’ve received an enquiry from someone currently in the midst of writing a screenplay who requested details of any essays on the topic of fairy tales, “specifically addressing the use of magical items, but from a Catholic perspective, not from a New Age or any other perverse viewpoint”. Here’s my response:   You should make a point of familiarizing yourself with Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Stories”, as well as his poem “Mythopoeia” and his short allegorical…

What Qualifies as Historical Influence?

After National Geographic’s experts decided that Jesus was not a major historical influence, I question what qualifies as “influence”. http://intellectualtakeout.org/blog/why-influence-literary-and-religious-figures-often-overlooked-historians

Jesus Who?

According to the “experts” at National Geographic, Jesus Christ does not make the list of influential giants of the ancient world. Find out who makes the list and, more to the point, who doesn’t: http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/national-geographic-jesus-not-influential-figure-ancient-world

Time for Solidarity

In my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative I  highlight the policies of the American Solidarity Party: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/08/political-party-conservatives-american-solidarity-joseph-pearce.html

Holy Matrimony versus Secular “Marriage”

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative calls on the bishops of the Church and the leaders of other Christian denominations to sever real marriage from its secular counterfeit: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/08/time-christian-declaration-independence-joseph-pearce.html

Somewheres East of Suez

In Humphrey Carpenter’s biography of J. R. R. Tolkien, we learn that Tolkien was fond of the novels of John Buchan.  Like Tolkien, Buchan had formative experiences in South Africa.  Tolkien was born there, and Buchan briefly served there as private secretary to Lord Milner, High Commissioner for overseeing reconstruction after the Boer War.  Buchan’s most famous character, Richard Hannay, was a mining engineer in South Africa before settling back in England and getting entangled…

The Case of the Accidental Publisher

One of the great things about the vocation of motherhood is the way it so often demands all your skills, virtues and especially creativity. Lisa Bergman’s story is a case in point. Being a woman of spritely mind, in love with Christ and his church, she determined to educate her children herself. As so many like-minded mothers before her have, she found the world wanting in the sorts of resources and books that suited her…

How To Spend Your Summer Vacation

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There is a growing trend now in many parishes to give little talks or slide presentations to various groups, CCW, youth groups, or men’s groups. Sometimes the same content appears printed up in church bulletins, etc. I speak of “mission trips.” Sometimes these “how I spent my summer vacation” reports are given in conjunction with appeals to raise funds for this or that impoverished country; sometimes no money is requested—just sympathy and/or admiration. I’m sure…

What is a good Education?

In my latest piece for Intellectual Takeout I argue that a good education is rooted in three principles and that it stands on four pillars. What are they? Read on:  http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/restoring-four-pillars-education

C. S. Lewis & Friends

The next issue of the St. Austin Review is at the printer. This issue’s theme is “C. S. Lewis & Friends”. Highlights include: Peter Milward SJ, who knew Lewis personally, summarizes “what Lewis has meant for me”. Mina Milburn surveys theatrical adaptations of Lewis’ work in “C. S. Lewis, in a theater near you”. Paula L. Gallagher sees “Truth in Mythology”, comparing “Ancient Greece and Narnia”. Magdalena Dajka examines “the Theology of The Last Battle”.…