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The Challenge of Tradition

Tradition as Challenge is the title of Josef Pieper’s recently published and long awaited English translation of Tradition als Herausforderung — his deeply reflective and engagingly varied book of collected essays and speeches first published as a whole in Munich, Germany in 1963, over a half century ago. This counterpointed collection still has much to teach an attentive and receptive reader, especially those who want … More →

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A Diabolical Harvest

Video-tapes released by The Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion non-profit group, caught Planned Parenthood with their hands in the cookie jar. The tapes clearly and blatantly revealed that Planned Parenthood not only performed abortions, but they also “harvested” and sold the fetal body parts to those who would use these for experimental and medical purposes. Abortion has been legalized for over four decades. While … More →

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Natalie Delage Sumter

A Lady of French Royal Blood in the Wilds Of South Carolina: Natalie Delage Sumter When we hear the name Sumter, if we are reasonably knowledgeable of our country’s history, the first thing that pops into our minds is “Fort Sumter” (lately much in the news) where the first shots of the War Between the States were fired. Do we know how this landmark of … More →

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Fire and Ice

And the hail and fire mixed with it drove on together: and it was of so great bigness, as never before was seen in the whole land of Egypt since that nation was founded. (Exodus 9:24) But snow and ice endured the force of fire, and melted not: that they might know that fire burning in the hail and flashing in the rain destroyed the … More →

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My Morning Cup of Joe

It is six in the morning, and as I lay in bed waiting for my wife’s alarm to go off, I wonder why she set the alarm in the first place knowing that we always awake five minutes before it clangs. My wife usually arises first, and I linger thinking of a hundred specious reasons why I should not get up. I finally do, the … More →

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The Dangers of Scientism Revisited

Recently I saw the report of a survey conducted on behalf of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). A portion of the survey compared the views of scientists and the general public. To the surprise and chagrin of the authors, the study showed some significant disparities between the two groups. For example, 88% of scientists surveyed felt it was safe to eat … More →

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September/October Mancipia

The September/October 2015 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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An Interview with Mike Church

A SiriusXM Radio Personality Discovers Catholic Tradition and Perennial Philosophy This is an intense and inspiring interview between two friends of Saint Benedict Center, Mike Church, the one interviewed, and David Simpson, the interviewer. Mike Church is a radio talk show personality, who hosts Satellite Radio’s longest running talk show since 2003, the Mike Church Show. He is also a contributor to online journals: The Imaginative Conservative, … More →

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England and Always: Good King George and the Dragon

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part IV: Good King George and the Dragon Ye, Tories all rejoice and sing, success to George our gracious King. The faithful subjects tribute bring, and execrate the Congress. These hardy knaves and stupid fools, some apish and pragmatic mules, Some servile acquiescing tools, These compose the Congress. -The Congress (1776) Actual combat between the … More →

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Thoughts on Upcoming and Past Events

Perhaps you have noticed how some persons (not you and I, of course) project their besetting sins and failings onto others. A man who seduces other men’s wives will keep his own wife under veritable lock and key. A snoop is sure others are snooping on him. The larcenous man fears theft. Christians who make little or no effort to live up to the moral … More →

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Saint Helena’s Belated Mission as a Late-Comer to Christ

(This Article is dedicated to the memory of Anthony Fraser on the anniversary of his death by Dr. Robert Hickson. Requiescat in pace.) Two years after Evelyn Waugh had published his long-incubating, and especially moving, historical novel on Saint Helena, entitled Helena (1950), he published a short non-fictional book of some personal and historical importance, entitled The Holy Places. In this short presentation of earlier … More →

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‘Catholics’ Who Serve Planned Parenthood in the Massachusetts House of Representatives

Amid the gruesome revelations of the ghoulish practices by Planned Parenthood—the country’s worst perpetrator of abortions—came the news that the local political arm of this organized crime network, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, keeps a list of “Champions” and “Allies” who serve the interests of the abortion industry in the Massachusetts General Court. In the first part of our analysis, released on July … More →

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The Many Sounds Of Silence

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day, he invents machines and devices that increase noise and detract humanity from the essence of life – contemplation and meditation.” This quote from the German artist Jean Arp aptly portrays what I consider the bane of current society — unceasing activity. Technology has stifled silence, whether it be … More →

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Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One

While recently re-reading—after almost forty-five years—Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One, his piercing 1948 novel set in the United States—in Southern California, in and around Los Angeles and Hollywood—I gratefully came to realize for the first time the deep and purifying pathos artfully expressed in that often disturbing, but carefully nuanced, text—especially when one also becomes gradually aware of what is missing. For, there are certain … More →

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England and Always: In the Good Old Colony Days

“England and Always” The British, the Empire, and the Faith Part III: In the Good Old Colony Days In good old colony days When we lived under the King, Three roguish chaps fell into mishaps Because they could not sing After Queen Anne died in 1714, the Whig Oligarchs brought over her next closest protestant relation, George I of the House of Hanover. He was … More →

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