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 Balrog’s Whip: Secular Modernists and the Church

By |2018-12-26T15:05:03-06:00January 31st, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Modernity, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism|

In a recent post, English priest-blogger Fr. Ed Tomlinson likened the threat of secular modernism in the church to Tolkien’s Balrog. You may remember the great demon pursues the members of the Fellowship as they are fleeing the mines of Moria. The final confrontation is at the Bridge of Khazad-dum. Gandalf defies the Balrog crying, [...]

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 Arabic Writing on the Wall: Europe Learns the Hard Way

By |2018-12-03T08:15:37-06:00July 18th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Islam, Joseph Pearce, Pope Benedict XVI|

It takes courage to speak out against the threatening presence of Islam in today’s world. And it takes courage to defend those who have the courage to speak out. Eight years ago, after Benedict XVI gave his controversial Regensburg address, most European commentators were shamefully timid in their response. Most refused to raise their heads [...]

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 [...]

The Three Kinds of Hope: The Radiance of Being

By |2019-07-13T08:12:38-05:00May 5th, 2013|Categories: Books, Caritas in Veritate, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Pope Benedict XVI, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: , , |

The Radiance of Being: Dimensions of Cosmic Christianity (Angelico Press, 2013) Probably the majority in the environmental movement do not see the relevance of mysticism, or personal virtue and morality, to the great issues of our day. To them it is merely a technological or political challenge. They will try to get their hands on the [...]

A Response to Garry Wills on Pope Benedict’s Resignation

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-06:00February 20th, 2013|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II|Tags: |

Garry Wills has continued to serve as the “go-to” guy for secular media types who need some spleen to pour on the Catholic Church. This past week, he admitted to NY Times readers that he finally had given up hope that the pope would stop being Catholic. (One wonders if he’s still trying to talk [...]

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

By |2019-11-12T15:19:38-06:00January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Architecture, Art, Beauty, Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Language, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II|

Just when I am about to succumb to the sadness and living death of nihilism, some piercing ray of beauty breaks open my heart, and the breath of possibility returns. I recently visited the Botanical Garden in St Louis. Amid the sights and smells, the colors and creatures, the sun, the architecture, and the sheer [...]

Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives: The Joy of Reading

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-06:00December 11th, 2012|Categories: Books, Christmas, Communio, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, Pope Benedict XVI|Tags: |

My six gift ideas are all recently published books, if only because I will always take books under the Christmas tree over socks, ties, and video games, no matter how trendy the latter might be. The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G. K. Chesterton (Ignatius Press, 2012) by Dale Ahlquist. If there is a better [...]

A Proper Anthropology: Thoughts on Religious Humanism

By |2016-07-26T15:58:42-05:00December 10th, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI|

What is man? What a simple question. Yet, no fully satisfactory answer has ever definitively been reached. At least by man. Over my previous three posts at The Imaginative Conservative, I have tried (whether successfully or not, is a different question) to take the idea of “conservative” back to its most fundamental principles: essentially looking at [...]

Is Totalitarian Liberalism A Mutant Form of Christianity?

By |2016-07-17T10:01:33-05:00September 20th, 2012|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Constitution, Featured, Pope Benedict XVI, Tracey Rowland, Tyranny, Western Civilization|Tags: |

When the Obama Administration began its Kulturkampf against American Catholics my husband suggested to me that if the Church is forced to pay for its employees’ contraceptives then there should be an option clause for practicing Catholics. An equivalent amount of the Church’s money spent on other people’s recreational sex should be given to faithful [...]

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