Pope Francis and the Caring Society

By |2018-12-09T08:42:03-06:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Adam Smith, Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Civil Society, Compassion, Louis Markos, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, St. John Paul II, Virtue|

I’ve not been fully sure what to “make” of Pope Francis. He is clearly a man of God with a deep love for the poor and an even deeper personal humility. But how is one to respond to his pronouncements on economic and environmental issues?… Pope Francis and the Caring Society, ed. Robert M. [...]

Recovering the Sacred in Music

By |2020-01-03T15:33:59-06:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Arvo Pärt, Christianity, Henryk Górecki, John Tavener, Music, Poland, St. John Paul II|

The music of Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt, and John Tavener is the music of a new civilization. These composers have gone against the prevailing grain of the twentieth twcentury for the sake of a greater love… The attempted suicide of Western classical music has failed. The patient is recovering, no thanks to the efforts of [...]

Faith and Reason: The Way to Truth?

By |2019-08-12T09:09:11-05:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Faith, Reason, Senior Contributors, St. John Paul II, St. John's College|

John Paul II’s “Fides et Ratio” is an act of daring: not only an exhortation to professional philosophers to return to foundational rationality, but an invitation to all and sundry to realize their natural philosophical capability. I find this call absolutely remarkable, not only as a Magisterial pronouncement for the faithful, but especially as [...]

Is There a Proper Role for “Contemporary” Music at Church?

By |2018-10-14T15:17:32-05:00September 17th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Music, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II|

In our year-long course on music at Wyoming Catholic College, students read and discuss a chapter from Joseph Ratzinger’s book A New Song for the Lord, “The Image of the World and of Human Beings in the Liturgy and Its Expression in Church Music,”[1] one of the best things ever written about church music. Ratzinger [...]

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 [...]

We Are Not Our Own: Childhood in a Technological Age

By |2018-12-26T14:20:57-06:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: Abortion, Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Family, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, Technology|

Liberal culture’s anti-child practices are bound up with a logic of childlessness most basically defined in terms of a forgetfulness of being and its Origin and expressed by the marginalization of philosophy, leisure, and liturgy as ways of being and acting. We can adequately address either these practices or this logic only by addressing [...]

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 [...]

The Two Worldviews

By |2014-07-16T10:24:48-05:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: St. Augustine, St. John Paul II, Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg|

Merriam-Webster vacantly tells us that a worldview is “the way someone thinks about the world.” By this vapid standard there are seven billion worldviews. The squishy definition matches the convictions of our teachers and mind-molders who choose to stand militantly against taking a stand in this brave new age. Millions of school-age children are [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Serve to Conserve? Yes We Can!

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-06:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: American Republic, Communio, Julie Baldwin, Pat Buchanan, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II|

Upon the prompting of Stephen Masty, I’d like to explore “what still really exists in America that is worth conserving and what may be, quite frankly, lost to all but memory.” Reid Buckley has declared that he cannot love our country because we are vile. Morally corrupt and bankrupt, we’ve even given Pat Buchanan license to [...]

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