The Wisdom of T.H. White

By |2018-03-13T21:36:58-05:00October 31st, 2017|

T.H. White’s The Once and Future King is far more than a tale for children. It is also one of the more humble and respectful modern literary interpretations of medieval culture, as well as a source of poignant reflections on subjects as diverse as political and social mores, love, and religious faith… T.H. [...]

How Should We Fight the Culture War?

By |2017-03-27T02:09:55-05:00August 17th, 2015|

(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join John Gorke as he examines the principles necessary to fight justly the culture war. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher) The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. may declare victory in at least one respect: He succeeded in getting a relatively [...]

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Vision of Just War

By |2018-10-09T13:45:11-05:00November 1st, 2014|

Too many pundits, politicians, and priests nowadays treat war as a relic of a barbaric past. President Obama speaks for many when he denounces ISIS and other terrorist groups by invoking the date on the calendar. Nevertheless, he has found himself re-entering a war in the Middle East that he first opposed and then [...]

Fighting a Just (Culture) War

By |2014-09-29T10:50:14-05:00July 11th, 2014|Tags: |

The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr. may declare victory in at least one respect: He succeeded in getting a relatively sedentary homebody to consider afresh the perils of war. Dr. Bell’s book, Just War as Christian Discipleship, argues that to fight a just war requires more than a check list of ‘do’s’ and [...]

The Moral Demands of Military Intervention in Libya: Above Obama’s Pay Grade?

By |2017-06-27T17:08:45-05:00March 29th, 2011|

Last week, the US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) issued a statement saying that military intervention in Libya “appears to meet” the just-cause criterion of Catholic teaching on just war, cautioning, however, that it has “refrained from making definitive judgments” in light of “many prudential decisions beyond our expertise.” Additionally, this past Sunday, Pope [...]