An abridged version of the commencement address that I gave to the graduating class of 2018 at Wyoming Catholic College has just been published by the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society.
In the latest article of mine published by the National Catholic Register I argue that societal problems cannot be addressed without a knowledge of who we are and what it means to be human.
In my latest article for the Journal of the Cardinal Newman Society I muse upon the role of “fowl play” (pun intended) in a child’s education.
I was pleased to see a review of my recent book, Heroes of the Catholic Reformation, in today’s online edition of The Wanderer:
I’ve just had a very engaging radio discussion on the culture war with my old friend, Fr. Robert McTeigue. The full discussion can be heard here:
The Imaginative Conservative has just published my musings on the peculiar religion of Sting, a rock star who refuses to face the reality of death and judgment.
The new crisis is not news, nor is it new.
Archbishop Viganó is not a saint, but he is a hero. He knew he would be calumniated, and according to the credible journalist he spoke to, he feared for his life, not just his reputation—which, of course, will be annihilated. The guns aimed at him now might make the U.S. nuclear arsenal look small by comparison. I believe his stated motive: He is old, his life is over, and he will face God. He wants to do that with a clean conscience.
Father Dwight Longenecker makes predictions on his blog:
They might make us sad, but I agree with him. Essentially, what will happen now? Nothing much. The pope will not resign, primarily because he likes being pope, and because he has developed stonewalling into a highly developed art form, capable of defeating any criticism—even bald-faced facts. There will be a new commission (ho hum), investigations, and lots of very public breast-beating. The media won’t make too much of it, because it deals with homosexual crimes, and because by now, let’s face it, the Catholic Church and sex scandals is old news.
What are we to do? Fr. Longenecker says that if reform is your vocation, go for it—and God bless you. If it’s not, only the hard work of rolling up our sleeves and getting on our knees remains for us. Which is what my church did last night. Our young Polish priest led an hour of Adoration and reparation with psalms and prayers of penance and petition for the grace of forgiveness. The church was full.
As for Father Longenecker’s predictions, sad as they are, let’s consider the alternative: The sickness of sin and depravity has so pervaded the hierarchy, including the Vatican, that only total destruction could clean it up. And there is a lot of wheat among those nasty tares, as widespread and deeply rooted as they are. Good bishops, good priests, good Catholics. But, most of all, this is what He left us. To whom shall we go? He is still there.
My wife has been reading P.G. Wodehouse to our daughter (and watching the BBC series of Jeeves and Wooster) and I am currently reading The Lord of the Rings to her (my daughter, that is, not my wife). My wife imagined what might have happened if, instead of choosing Frodo to carry the ring, they had chosen Bertie Wooster!! She relayed this amusing thought to our friend, Rob Corzine, who works with Scott Hahn at the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, and he rose to the challenge of imagining the scene as Wodehouse might have written it:
“So, we just pop over to old Mount Doom and bung the bally thing into the fire, what? Dashed inconvenient what with all the orcs and such. But when a chap has faced as many lunches with his Aunt Agatha as I have, he is pretty hard to daunt. Lay out my grey elven-cloak, Jeeves.”
“I would not advise it, sir.”
“I know you’re usually right about this sort of thing, Jeeves. But I’m going to have to put my foot down on this one. I mean to say, when a fellow gets the old nod to be the Ringbearer (not A Ringbearer, mind you, but THE Ringbearer), he should jolly well have some say in the clothes department.”
“No, sir. You mistake my meaning. I was not speaking sartorially, sir, but rather suggesting that it might not be entirely prudent for a man of your particular gifts, sir, to undertake the commission at all.”
For those wanting unadulterated Catholic doctrine and common sense in the face of the sickening crisis in the Church, this homily will feed the heart and soul. It is possibly the best homily I’ve ever heard. With more courageous priests, such as this one, we can go to war on the Judas culture within the hierarchy. Please take the time to listen to this latter day St. George as he does battle with the demonic Dragon which is devouring souls in the cover-up darkness:
The Feminine Genius of Jane Austen
The new issue of the St. Austin Review is hot off the press! The theme of this issue is “The Feminine Genius of Jane Austen”. Highlights:
Mitchell Kalpakgian learns “Lessons from Jane Austen”, urging “Old World Manners in Today’s World”.
Marie Devlin McNair connects “reading and revelation” in Jane Austen’s novels.
Jeanette Amestoy Flood sits in judgment on the sense and sensitivity of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.
Jessica Pipes finds “Austen’s Ordinary Heroine”, Emma Woodhouse, “faultless in spite of her faults”.
Veronica A. Arntz discovers “The Art of Practical Wisdom” in Persuasion’s Anne Elliot.
Isabel Azar charts the evolution of Austen’s Pride, a musical adaptation.
Eleanor Bourg Nicholson surveys the film adaptations of Austen’s work and is not often amused.
Susan Treacy examines the “innocent luxury” of “Music in the Life of Jane Austen”.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker considers “C. S. Lewis and Plain Jane”.
John Beaumont recounts “how two Austen admirers came to the Catholic Church”.
Donald DeMarco waxes controversial on the meaning of “feminine genius”.
Ken Clark’s full colour art feature focuses on Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation.
Fr. Benedict Kiely sees the Dogma as the Drama.
K. V. Turley considers Dirty Harry (from a safe distance), musing upon “the rage of the anti-hero”.
Kevin O’Brien finds the addictive internet to be “our drug of choice”.
Marie Dudzik joins Charles Coulombe on A Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail.
Louis Markos is enlightened by The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie (McIntosh).
Stephen Mirarchi ascends The Crooked Staircase with Dean Koontz.
Plus new poetry by Jake Frost, Philip C. Kolin and Denis Mockler.
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