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What’s New in This Week’s Inner Sanctum

Home is Where the Hearth Is: Join me in conversation with Fr. Dwight Longenecker.Poem of the Week: To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Belloc later this month, I’m continuing the mini-series of Belloc’s poetry. This week I read and discuss three of his shorter poems: “The End of the Road”, “Heretics All” and “Hanacker Mill”.Revisiting Old Favourites: In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Belloc’s birth, I invite you to join me and Belloc on…
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Forty Years of an American Crime Fighter

With the Declaration of Independence celebrating more than 240 years, a national treasure turns forty.  McGruff the Crime Dog first appeared in July, 1980, and he has become an enduring part of American culture.  He stands as a symbol of the Declaration’s commitment to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and the Constitution’s dedication to “domestic tranquility,” and his longevity is a reminder that the blessings of that domestic tranquility are for ourselves and…
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Parking Lot Conversations

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Many years ago, there was a young man who started attending daily Mass while I was on summer break and able to go to Mass every day. Because he was a stranger, I started to watch him during the liturgy. It was clear that he was a new convert—very devout, reverent, and he often sat in the chapel afterwards to pray. I introduced myself in the parking lot and asked if he was a new…
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Pints with Tolkien and Lewis

Continuing the series of interviews I gave to the “Pints with Jack” C. S. Lewis podcast, here’s our discussion of my book, Tolkien: Man & Myth:https://youtu.be/3bGFBdU1L1c
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At Last!

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We have finally arrived, after two thousand years, at a truly sinless generation, one that is authorized by its own purity and perfection to throw as many stones as we like, at whatever object we like. Statues of saints, heroes, and even Christ himself, are toppled, broken, destroyed. No more need for churches—they can brought down as well by de-facing them in order to cancel any moral authority they might have had in the wicked…
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Hope in the Midst of Genocide

The Epoch Times has just published my interview with Siobhan Nash-Marshall, the translator of a new novella about the Armenian Genocide:https://www.theepochtimes.com/exposing-the-first-20th-century-genocide-the-armenian-genocide_3395825.html
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New to the Inner Sanctum This Week

Here is what is newly posted to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website, jpearce.co:In this week’s Home is Where the Hearth Is podcast I discuss the shameful sacrificing of a noble priest to the mob. In this week’s Revisiting Old Favourites I begin the reading of Belloc’s The Path to Rome. For this week’s Poem of the Week, I’ve selected my own poem “Solstice Sunrise” to celebrate the summer solstice. In an action-packed week, the Ladydale Diary follows the day-to-day doings of the Pearce family. Please…
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Remembering Hilaire Belloc

In this 150th anniversary year of Hilaire Belloc’s birth, I celebrate the late Jesuit Fr. James Schall’s book on Belloc:https://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/remembering-hilaire-belloc-with-father-james-schall
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No Mercy, No Justice

Here are my musings on the wisdom to be found in Fr. Daniel Moloney’s new book and how it is ironic that this prophet of mercy has been made a scapegoat, sacrificed by his own archdiocese to satisfy the merciless demands of the mob:https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/06/24/no-mercy-no-justice-fr-moloneys-lessons-for-minds-that-hate/
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Exclusive Content from the Inner Sanctum

Please visit my Exhibitor Page for this weekend’s Catholic Homeschool Conference which features a short video in which I explain the benefits of joining the Inner Sanctum of my website and also a sample of the exclusive content available to Inner Sanctum subscribers, which is a podcast on Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon England. Visit here to learn more: https://exhibitors.catholichomeschoolconference.com/inner-sanctum-joseph-pearce/