The Truth About Political Correctness

By |2020-06-22T00:56:14-05:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Communio, Equality, Politics, Reason, Senior Contributors, Stratford Caldecott, Truth|

Political correctness is philosophical nonsense. What we need is Justice not just Equality, Moral Responsibility not just Freedom, Intelligence not just Reason, and Charity not just Niceness or Fraternity—even if these don’t sound so good on a banner. Political correctness identifies a syndrome we all recognize, but is hard to define. It can be best [...]

Mercy as a Reality Illuminated by Reason

By |2019-06-13T12:43:16-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Christian Humanism, Communio, David L. Schindler, Pope Francis|

In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium [EG], Pope Francis insists that we need to anchor our approach to the Church’s missionary task in the Incarnate Word as the principle of reality (“il criterio di realtà”: 233). This principle can be a guide for “the development of life in society and the building of a people,” [...]

Freedom, Truth, and Human Dignity

By |2019-06-13T10:56:13-05:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Communio, David L. Schindler, Politics|

Catholics are generally aware that the background preparations for what was to become the Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom emphasized that truth alone had rights, and that error was at best to be tolerated. Catholics are also generally aware that, after the early debates regarding religious freedom, the Council shifted its emphasis away from the [...]

The Embodied Person as Gift

By |2020-09-06T11:19:21-05:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Christian Humanism, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Natural Law|

The body in its physical structure as such bears a vision of reality: it is an anticipatory sign, and already an expression, of the order of love or gift that most deeply characterizes the meaning of the person and indeed, via an adequately conceived analogy, the meaning of all creaturely being. This is the burden [...]

The Return of Christian Humanism

By |2019-04-02T15:08:15-05:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Literature, Pope Benedict XVI, T.S. Eliot|Tags: , |

Even when addressing non-Christians, Christian humanism’s willing receptiveness of the supernatural opens itself to the truths of revelation and of the human religious experience, allowing it to speak intimately and truthfully to the whole person… The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser (University of Missouri Press, [...]

Depicting the Whole Christ: Von Balthasar & Sacred Architecture

By |2019-10-16T13:41:45-05:00October 24th, 2016|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Philip Nielsen, as he explores the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar on sacred architecture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The theological work of twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar has only recently begun to take its proper place in Catholic theology. In [...]

Philosopher of Love: David Schindler

By |2016-10-09T23:41:27-05:00October 9th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Jeremy Beer as he explores the philosophy of David Schindler, especially as it concerns love and freedom. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher For the orthodox Christian, is doing one’s public duty more or less reducible to voting for the most socially conservative [...]

Ecology in Light of Integral Human Development

By |2019-10-10T13:41:58-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Catholicism, Communio, Conservation, David L. Schindler, Environmentalism, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Romano Guardini, St. John Paul II|

Integral human development sets the context within which alone an adequate approach to ecology can be conceived. In what follows, I will focus on the key principles of this proposal in terms of the habits of presence demanded by the generosity inherent in creation. The term ecology, as is well-known, comes from the Greek oikos, [...]

Is Totalitarian Liberalism a Mutant Form of Christianity?

By |2016-05-28T11:29:03-05:00May 22nd, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, Timeless Essays, Tracey Rowland, Tyranny, Western Civilization|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Tracey Rowland as she examines the dangers to the family if political leaders are allowed to act as God. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher When the Obama Administration began its Kulturkampf against American Catholics, my husband suggested to me that if the [...]

We Are Not Our Own: Childhood in a Technological Age

By |2021-02-09T12:06:51-06:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: Abortion, Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Family, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, Technology|

Childlikeness, as both the beginning and the end of our creaturely way of being, is the key to being effective and realistic in efforts to renew the world, and indeed is the grounds for never-failing hope in these efforts. Liberal culture’s anti-child practices are bound up with a logic of childlessness most basically defined in [...]

Out of the Liquid City

By |2019-08-15T11:49:41-05:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism, Stratford Caldecott, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Stratford Caldecott in coming out of the liquid city, and embracing the order of love and beauty.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher During the infamous Brixton Riots of 1981—clashes between the police and the African-Caribbean community in south London—I was driving back to [...]

The Elemental Song of Creation: Genesis, Hildegard, Tolkien

By |2016-02-14T16:01:01-06:00December 8th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Christopher Morrissey, Communio, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stratford Caldecott|

If we reconstruct J.R.R. Tolkien’s reading of Genesis from the opening pages of The Silmarillion, then, on Tolkien’s interpretation, only days four through six involve the actualization of material existence, whereas the first three days concern creation in an immaterial realm. Stratford Caldecott notes three correspondences between Genesis and Tolkien’s myth: between heaven and the [...]

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