The Myth of Modernism

By |2019-11-21T11:47:47-06:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Art, Beauty, Culture, Culture War, Michael De Sapio, Modernity, Music, Senior Contributors, Tradition, Western Civilization|

“Should not the unswerving modernists… come to the realization that there is nothing more wearisome or more barren than the most antiquated of all manias: the rage to be modern?” Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) In my visits to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, I generally sidestep the East Building, the portion devoted to [...]

Is the Media the Enemy of the People?

By |2019-02-02T17:31:17-06:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Culture War, Ideology, Modernity, Paul Krause, Senior Contributors|

Most in the media disdain the common man, so Americans are right to be distrustful of journalists. But should this lead Americans to abandoning the function that the media plays in society? Americans are growing more distrustful of the media and college universities. And they’re perfectly right to be. It is not that everyone in [...]

Pope Pius X vs. Modernism

By |2019-02-02T17:22:44-06:00February 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Culture War, History, Modernity, Worldview|

The Ancient Serpent had oft-times crawled into the sacred precincts of Holy Church since his first entry. However, this time his havoc would strike a thousand blows to the Mystical Body of Christ. St. Pope Pius X named the serpent: Modernism… At the beginning of time a snake slithered into a Garden called Eden. He entered quietly [...]

Banning Books and Burning Heretics

By |2019-07-23T11:43:06-05:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, Culture War, England, Ethics, Free Speech, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Modernity, Poetry, Rights, Senior Contributors, Western Civilization, Western Tradition|

Advocates of the liberal arts include “heretical” books in the great conversation, whereas political liberals seek to silence them as dangerous. As we have seen in Nazi Germany and in communist countries, the banning of “heretical” books ends with the burning of “heretics”… Several years ago, I visited the two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, [...]

Illiberal Lessons Learned Along the Way

By |2019-07-03T13:39:52-05:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Charity, Culture War, Joseph Mussomeli, Modernity, Morality, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Worldview|

I keep reminding myself to look beneath and beyond labels and remain focused on the individual. Because ultimately it is the individual who matters most and who is most deserving of praise or condemnation, affection or disdain. It is a surprisingly hard lesson to learn and to remember given the current political and cultural [...]

Trinity, Creation, & the Order of Intelligence in the Modern Academy

By |2019-01-02T22:39:00-06:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christian Living, Christianity, Culture War, David L. Schindler, Intelligence, St. John Paul II|

“Holiness is intended to comprehend the order of being in its entirety.” The Second Vatican Council insists that “all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love,” and that this holiness fosters a more human life.[1] The present article outlines a [...]

The Coming Decline of Fox News

By |2019-03-17T14:45:32-05:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Conservatism, Culture War, Journalism, Republicans|

Rupert Murdoch In August of last year, I published my observations under the header “FoxNews Moving Leftward” about what we can now call the “maturing” of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.[1] Even earlier, on January 27, 2017, I observed that “the octogenarian Rupert Murdoch and sons, Lachlan and James, have achieved a balance of [...]

Meeting Christian Humanism

By |2019-07-03T14:43:34-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Culture War|

One of the things that I have, blessedly, never taken for granted is how many astounding intellects, diverse personalities, and creative persons I’ve encountered in my life. I don’t know what I did to deserve such interactions, but I’m both humbled and inspired by it all. As I’ve had the chance to note several [...]

The State vs. the Normal Good of Normal People

By |2019-07-11T10:46:37-05:00December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Abortion, Books, Civil Society, Culture War, Ethics, Family, Fr. James Schall, Homosexual Unions, Marriage, Modernity, Morality, Social Institutions|

What happens when our nation’s fundamental principles or standards are rejected? Jennifer Roback Morse’s new book, The Sexual State, is a lively and forceful examination of where we came from, where we are now, and where we ought to be on matters of human life… Genesis tells us that man was created “male and female.” [...]

The Diversity Delusion: Race and Gender in Our Universities

By |2019-08-08T15:16:40-05:00December 20th, 2018|Categories: Books, Culture War, Education, Ideology, Modernity, Progressivism, Western Civilization|

Heather Mac Donald has written a no-holds-barred attack on the modern American university, where the absence of courage is only the tip of a very large and menacing iceberg… The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture by Heather Mac Donald (288 pages, St. Martin’s Press, 2018) This [...]

Gift Challenges for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2018-12-10T11:52:44-06:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Christmas, Culture, Culture War, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives, John Horvat|

Not unlike the times of Our Lord, we live in the paradox of a world in disorder yet under the appearance of order. Beneath the veneer of optimism and prosperity, many people experience lives of trial and suffering due to the lifestyles of frenetic intemperance they have adopted. […]

Can America Become a Christian Society Again?

By |2018-12-03T10:41:18-06:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture War, Thomas R. Ascik, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Thomas Ascik as he considers three recent books that address the prospects for Christianity in modern American culture. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher In Mere Christianity (1952), the published version of his radio talks delivered in the early 1940’s, C. S. [...]

Winning the Long Defeat

By |2018-11-28T21:55:23-06:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture War, Freedom of Religion, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Sainthood|

Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect “history” to be anything but a “long defeat”—though it contains… some samples or glimpses of final victory. – J.R.R. Tolkien Together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat. – Galadriel My kingdom is not of this [...]

How Do We Restore the American Order?

By |2020-04-02T01:50:26-05:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: American Republic, Civilization, Culture War, Freedom, John Horvat, Ordered Liberty|

This is America’s tragic situation: The unifying framework of the American creed is now broken. The result is an America that is coming apart. On every American coin, there is the Latin expression, e pluribus unum, meaning “one out of many.” The motto is a celebration of the variety found in America expressed by [...]