Death to the Death Penalty? René Girard’s Challenge to Thomas Aquinas

By |2018-11-23T23:38:59-05:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Death, Justice, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Is acceptance of the death penalty contrary to the modern understanding of the dignity of the human person? The anthropology of René Girard allows for a rereading of Thomas Aquinas’ defense of capital punishment... The Catholic Church’s recent definitive revocation of the death penalty[1] suggests that something in the zeitgeist demands a rethinking of one [...]

Anti-Catholicism in Early America & the Burning of a Convent

By |2018-10-13T23:11:44-05:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Christianity, Senior Contributors|

One of the most important aspects of early American history is just how devoid of actual Roman Catholics it is. Obviously, on the North American continent, Catholicism throve in the French and Spanish areas and, frequently, among American Indians. Yet, when we consider the main narrative of American history—that told from the standpoint of Plymouth [...]

The Last Infinity

By |2018-09-25T23:24:57-05:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Glenn Arbery, Gospel Reflection, Great Books, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

Is it worth it to try to do great things in business or politics or art or education—or even the Church? Recently, when I was reflecting on honor and fame as praiseworthy ambitions for our students, I ended with a famous quotation from Milton’s “Lycidas,” where Milton speaks of fame as the “spur” of the [...]

My Innocent Daughters and Our Modern Judases

By |2018-09-19T15:20:05-05:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Evil|

When Theodore McCarrick was spooning and fondling seminarians, quite obviously he did not consider how far his enormities would reverberate. At the General Judgement, he will be shown how far his despicable actions have reverberated through society and how they harmed the lives of people he has never met. At the General Judgement, he will know, [...]

Can Shakespeare Save Civilization?

By |2018-09-16T22:49:24-05:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Civilization, Conservatism, Culture, Joseph Pearce, William Shakespeare|

Perhaps an apology might be necessary for the sheer audacity of beginning any essay with such a question and with such a seemingly absurd claim. Of course, Shakespeare cannot save civilization, at least not on his own. Perhaps we should rephrase things a little, asking a slightly different question: Can Civilization be Saved without Shakespeare? [...]

Narnia for Grown-Ups

By |2018-09-12T22:09:22-05:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Books, C.S. Lewis, Catholicism, Christianity, Joseph Pearce|

C.S. Lewis, like his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, possessed the gift of bringing great truths to light through the telling of stories, much as Christ does in His parables and indeed in the story of His life... Editor's Note: The following is an interview with Joseph Pearce.  Your new book is entitled Further Up and Further [...]

Finding the Beauty of the Church & the Route Back Home

By |2018-09-08T22:31:42-05:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity|

In these times of great trials for the Church, it does good to souls to contemplate the sublime beauty of the Church in all its splendor and hierarchy. Gazing upon Her beauty, it serves to solidify the certainty that the Church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic... En Route by J.K. Huysmans (658 pages, Ex Fontibus Company, [...]

Serving the Good, the True, and the Beautiful

By |2018-09-02T15:04:55-05:00September 2nd, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Education, Joseph Pearce, Liberal Learning, Truth, Wyoming Catholic College|

A true, life-giving education is an education that recognizes and embraces a world filled with goodness, truth, and beauty. It is also an education that requires virtue from those who undertake it... Editor's Note: The following is an abridged version of the commencement address that Joseph Pearce gave this summer to the graduating class of [...]

C.S. Lewis and the Lavender Inner Ring

By |2018-12-03T22:19:51-05:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker|

Inner Rings exist in the institutions of every human endeavor, and the desire to belong leads the individual not at first to some great wickedness, but to the incremental compromise of truth and goodness required in order to be accepted by the insiders—leading, at last, to complete capitulation to the forces of evil... Among C.S.Lewis’ [...]

Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge,” & the Real Hollywood Counter-Culture

By |2018-08-31T02:07:07-05:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Film|

In Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson continues to present an alternative world-view to filmgoers. It is one at odds with almost all that emanates from Hollywood, but, nevertheless, is one that finds a welcome reception in the real world, where family and marriage, patriotism and courage, faith and self-sacrifice still form part of the daily lives [...]

O Sting, Where Is Thy Death?

By |2018-08-28T13:13:52-05:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Death, Existence of God, Joseph Pearce, Music|

In a somewhat bizarre recent interview with the National Catholic Register, the aging rock star, Sting, who eons ago had been lead singer of the rock band The Police, waxed in a bemused and confused way about his relationship with the Catholic faith, in which he was raised but which he has abandoned. He gave [...]

A Double Challenge for the Church

By |2018-08-25T00:14:40-05:00August 25th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Education, Glenn Arbery, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

Traditional Catholic liberal arts education faces two major challenges right now: 1) the massive redirection of higher education per se away from any serious consideration of God; and 2) the corruption in the Church. The former challenge has been with us for a long time, with some recent twists, and so has the latter—but it’s [...]