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Speaking Catholic

Of the many writers I have known, some briefly, others long and well enough to call them friends, and speaking here only of ones who are deceased, perhaps none wrote more that has proved to be of greater lasting value from the Catholic point of view than Frederick Wilhelmsen. A number of his books have been recently published in new softbound editions and for the … More →


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Evelyn Waugh in East Africa

By considering the refreshingly candid insights to be found in A Tourist in Africa (1960) — Evelyn Waugh’s last book of travel — we may also thereby shed valuable light on the current challenges and limits to be faced by discordantly multi-cultured and overloaded Europe, given the stark underlying realities of geography and of demography (births, deaths, and migrations). In order to keep manageable proportions, … More →


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My Morning Cup Of Joe – Part IV

Since we are on the subject of getting old — we were talking about that, weren’t we? — or is my mind slipping into two months feeling like it was two years ago. Time, oh time, it goes so fast as you age. The body slows down, but the mind usually quickens, most often reflecting on all those events that occurred when the body was … More →


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Antonin Scalia Viewed as a Liberal

When U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died last February 13, I was shocked, as one always is by the news of an acquaintance’s unexpected death, but not surprised. You had only to look at him and see that he had probably never met a bowl of pasta or piece of cake he didn’t love, and also that he had probably never seen the … More →


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Diplomats Without Honor

The momentous theme of “honor in foreign policy” presented by James Burnham in his incisive book, Containment or Liberation? (1953), will also be found pervading Geoffrey D.T. Shaw’s recent book of excellence, The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam (2015). Shaw’s book could, and should, now also evoke the memory and content of another searching and well-documented … More →


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England and Always: Decline and Fall

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part VII: Decline and Fall Why, If there’s a God in the sky, Why shouldn’t He grin High Above this dreary Twentieth century din? In this strange illusion, Chaos and confusion, People seem to lose their way. What is there to strive for, Love or keep alive for, Say, ‘Hey, hey!’ Call it a day … More →


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March/April 2016 Mancipia

The March/April 2016 Mancipia is now posted (scroll down for PDF). Back issues of this newsletter are linked from our downloads page. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter via U.S. mail, please sign up to get it regularly.   Click here to VIEW full size, DOWNLOAD as PDF file, and/or PRINT. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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Our Wrong Economics

The nation’s quadrennial election charade is upon us once again, and once again there is no major-party candidate a Catholic can support with a completely clear conscience, not if he is serious about pro-life, peace instead of perpetual war, and economic justice as its main lines were laid out by popes before unity of the Faith broke down into liberal, conservative and traditional camps in … More →


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Memories of a Combatant Marine Officer

As a result of recently reviewing The Lost Mandate of Heaven, Geoffrey D.T. Shaw’s well-documented book on the Vietnam War and the manifold cumulative betrayals of South Vietnam’s Catholic President Diem (d. 1963), I came to know of Andrew R. Finlayson. He is another author who has written — often with piercing pathos and resonantly elegiac tones — about Vietnam and about his own memorable … More →


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Brothers?

Two months ago I wrote for the SBC website about God or Nothing, a recent and inspiring book that offers the record of conversations between a journalist and Robert Cardinal Sarah, who hails from the West African nation of Guinea and is Prefect of the Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. I quoted the Cardinal saying that the promotion … More →


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The Way We Were…

It has been fifty years since the closing of the second Vatican Council on December 8, 1965 ( The Feast of the Immaculate Conception ). I was 26 years old when the Council terminated. I had just returned to the United States after serving a two year stint in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. This was before the bloody revolution … More →


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The Catholic Strategic Response to “Undo 1492!”

The following essay by Dr. Robert Hickson appeared in APROPOS magazine in the Christmas issue 2004 # 23. The publisher of APROPOS was the late Anthony Fraser, son of Hamish Fraser. Dr. Hickson gave us permission to publish it on our website. ______________________________ We will get Granada back! It was some time between late 1966 and mid-1967 — but before the Israeli Six-Day War in … More →


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Saint Leopoldo of Castelnovo: A Great Gift of God in a Very Small Package

The saints of God are as varied as the human race itself. God seems to send each one to the right place at the right time so that he (or she) can work the most good. One thinks of the importance of the towering personality of Saint Paul to the spread of Christianity in the first century, the millions of known and unknown martyrs in … More →


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Spanish Carlism: An Introduction

Editor’s note: This paper originally appeared in the book, A Catholic Witness in our Time: A Festschrift in Honor of Dr. Robert Hickson. It is published here with the gracious permission of that book’s publishers. The subject of Carlism is treated elsewhere on this site in Eleonore Villarrubia’s piece Dios, Patria, Fueros, y Rey: The Story Of The Spanish Carlistas. We are privileged now to … More →


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January/February 2016 Mancipia

The January/February 2016 Mancipia is now posted (scroll down for PDF). Back issues of this newsletter are linked from our downloads page. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly newsletter via U.S. mail, please sign up to get it regularly.   Click here to VIEW full size, DOWNLOAD as PDF file, and/or PRINT. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.


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