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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 [...]

Benedict XVI: Feminist

By |2018-11-14T17:50:17-05:00September 14th, 2014|Categories: Communio, Feminism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

One of the greatest lies propagated by Western liberal media is that Pope Benedict XVI was a crusty old miser and “patriarchal” figure who upheld ideas and practices demeaning to women. This lie is, of course, most harmful to women, who—in Benedict XVI—had an advocate unlike any Pope in recent history. Nothing could be [...]

Regensburg, Truth & Appeasement: Benedict XVI as Prophet

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00September 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. [...]

When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00September 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 [...]

Adventures in the Liturgy with Benedict XVI

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00July 27th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Communio, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

“Adventure.”1 This is the word Benedict XVI uses to describe the Incarnation in his amazing book, The Spirit of the Liturgy. “Adventure” is also the perfect word to summarize the entire book itself. From beginning to end, the book reads like an amazing detective novel as it uncovers and brings to life not only [...]

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

By |2016-02-14T16:01:01-05:00June 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 [...]

The Things that are Caesar’s: Romano Guardini

By |2016-02-26T21:42:09-05:00May 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 [...]

Not as the World Gives: The Way of Creative Justice

By |2018-12-04T16:50:30-05:00May 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 [...]

Conservatism & Pope Francis: A Culture Warrior’s Ideology?

By |2017-07-31T12:37:57-05:00May 4th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Communio, Culture, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis|

Sir, You are an American whom I have always admired, and for whose Presidential campaign I had the good fortune of working thirteen years ago. Rarely have I come upon a book, essay or thought of yours with which I could flatly disagree, though of course there is much over which to polemicize. However, [...]

Oncology/Ontology

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? [...]