The Challenge of Secularization

By |2016-08-03T10:36:23-05:00August 13th, 2015|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Communio, England, Islam, Morality, Secularism|

Secularisation is far more of a challenge to Christianity in England than is Islam, and yet by seemingly strengthening the case for secularism, the issue of Islam has moved centre-stage. I believe that England, or more widely the United Kingdom, has to decide between three possible responses to the growth of the Islamic community not [...]

Not Neutral: Technology and the “Theology of the Body”

By |2016-07-17T09:59:51-05:00October 29th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Marriage, St. John Paul II, Technology|

Pope John Paul II’s “theology of the body” is becoming better and better known among ordinary Catholics, many of whom have found in it a way of connecting the central mysteries of the Christian faith—Trinity, Incarnation, and Eucharist—with their marriages, their bearing and rearing of children, and their sexuality. To such Catholics, the theology of [...]

Regensburg, Truth & Appeasement: Benedict XVI as Prophet

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-06:00September 13th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, World War II|Tags: |

There is a warm spot in my heart for Sir Cecil Spring-Rice because he loved Theodore Roosevelt and disdained Woodrow Wilson. He also wrote the hymn “I Vow to Thee My Country” which some progressivists have forbidden their shrunken congregations to sing because it speaks of a real heaven, and a life of sacrifice. He [...]

When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-06:00September 7th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Hope, Pope Benedict XVI, Ronald Reagan|

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI almost a year after the June 2004 death of Ronald Reagan. I don’t know if Ratzinger and Reagan ever met, though there’s a chance they did during one of Reagan’s visits to the Vatican to meet with Pope John Paul II, especially his first and most prominent visit, [...]

The Core of Catholic Education: Philosophy of Schooling Is at Stake

By |2016-02-14T16:01:01-06:00June 21st, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Classical Education, Communio, Education, Liberal Learning, Stratford Caldecott|

As the author of two books laying out a new Catholic philosophy of education based on the traditional liberal arts (Beauty in the Word and Beauty for Truth’s Sake), I have mixed feelings about the Common Core. The Common Core grew out of a report on American education called “Ready or Not: Creating a High [...]

The Things that are Caesar’s: Romano Guardini

By |2016-02-26T21:42:09-06:00May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, George A. Panichas, Religion, Romano Guardini|Tags: |

Romano Guardini is sometimes referred to as a “Philosopher of the Christian World” whose lifelong task was that of “proclaiming the sacred in a modern world.” A world-famous Roman Catholic thinker and a prolific writer who was born in Verona, Italy, in 1885, he lived and studied in Germany from the age of one year [...]

Not as the World Gives: The Way of Creative Justice

By |2018-12-04T16:50:30-06:00May 14th, 2014|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

In a book on Catholic social doctrine, published just after Easter, I found myself integrating a lifetime’s work on a range of topics, from liturgy to politics, from sex to economics. Not As the World Gives aims to show us the nature of society by showing us ourselves. But that is the biggest reality of [...]


By |2016-07-17T09:59:55-05:00March 24th, 2014|Categories: Communio, Culture, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

From my wheelchair I noticed that there was only one letter different between these two words—the word for the study of cancer, and for the study of being. That posed me a challenge. What is this difference? What is cancer, and what is being? Why is there no “Ontology Ward” in my local hospital? Would [...]

Archetypes: Masculine and Feminine

By |2016-07-17T09:59:56-05:00February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Communio, Featured, Pope Francis, Stratford Caldecott, Theology|Tags: |

In his famous press conference on the plane coming back from Rio, Pope Francis called for a more profound theology of woman–he even used the word “mystical”. For what he might mean, see “Sincere Gift”, and also Paul Evdokimov’s Woman and the Salvation of the World: A Christian Anthropology on the Charisms of Women. One of the most [...]

G.K. Chesterton and Modernity

By |2020-06-13T21:27:10-05:00January 17th, 2014|Categories: Books, Christendom, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Modernity, Morality, Stratford Caldecott|

I’m pretty sure G.K. Chesterton is in heaven, and therefore a saint—or at least I hope so, since this gives much hope to the rest of us. But, of course, he is not officially canonized. The campaign to introduce his Cause (if not the Cause itself) is underway. The appropriate bishop in Northampton diocese, where [...]

Out of the Liquid City

By |2016-02-17T14:02:10-06:00December 28th, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism, Stratford Caldecott|

During the infamous Brixton Riots of 1981—clashes between the police and the African-Caribbean community in south London—I was driving back to my parents’ house at night and got lost in the fog. I found myself faced with a dramatic scene: the fog illuminated by fire, as the rioters overturned cars and set them alight. I [...]

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