Category Archives: Politics and Society

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Facing the Implications of Our Professed Principles

During one of our conversations in late 2002—as the build up for the Iraq war was increasing, to include “the psychological preparation of the battlefield” on the home front—Joe Sobran suddenly said, and to me unforgettably: “It can take men a depressingly long time to face the implications of their professed principles.”(His words and tone made me think of G.K. Chesterton and his own logical … More →


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Carl Anderson to Pro-Abortion Catholic Pols: Resign from Office! (BUT Stay in The Knights of Columbus)

In an article in The Hill, Carl Anderson, the leader of America’s largest Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus, has called upon Catholic elected officials who support legal abortion—despite their personal views—to resign from public office. Anderson urged them to embrace what he described as “the John F. Kennedy option,” invoking the words of JFK in his September, 1960 speech before the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. … More →


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Placing Blame Where It Belongs

The downward spiral of society in Western Europe and North America that began in the sixteenth century with the Protestant revolt, accelerated in the eighteenth when liberal rule began to replace Christian government and then gathered still more speed during the two following centuries, now appears to have stopped. Instead we seem to have gone into free-fall. Consider that only a few years ago it … More →


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Massachusetts Legislature: Defend Decency, Oppose House Bill 4392!

Because so many members of the General Court were away this week at the Democratic National Convention, the Massachusetts Legislature will close out its 2016 session with a special weekend sitting of the House and the Senate today, July 30th, and tomorrow, July 31st. One of the proposed laws which may emerge from the Committee on Third Readings is a pernicious measure sponsored by Representative Byron Rushing, … More →


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A Little Question on the Word ‘Conservative’

Being now in the full throes of the 2016 presidential election cycle, political news and talk is now even louder than usual. There are many wars of words, most of them horribly shallow and uninformed by sound principles. In light of that, I have a question. When Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-styled “Dangerous Faggot,” passes for “conservative,” what on God’s green earth is being conserved? Share, Bookmark, … More →


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What on Earth Do Catholics Want?

The incomparable Patrick J. Buchanan authored a column on the racial and religious remapping of Europe and America: “Will the West Survive the Century?” The twin engines propelling these demographic shifts are the birth dearth of Europeans (in both continents), and the careless immigration policies of Europe and its North-American outposts. Inasmuch as these phenomena are both practical expressions of liberalism, and inasmuch they are … More →


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Waugh on Kipling and Mexico

In March of 1964, two years before he was himself to die on Easter Sunday of 1966 (10 April), Evelyn Waugh wrote a moving review of two books touching upon the poet Rudyard Kipling, who had died in January of 1936, only six months before G.K. Chesterton himself, on 14 June 1936. When treating of “the heart of Kipling’s character,” Waugh was also to speak … More →


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Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘Bathroom Bill’ Philosopher Extraordinaire

Anyone who has studied a smattering of modern philosophy in college has probably heard the misanthropic utterance of Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) from No Exit, “Hell is other people” (L’enfer, c’est les autres). As with Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is dead,” this pithy little impiety has been scrawled as graffiti on bathroom walls (where it arguably belongs), and blazoned on t-shirts, stickers, and now, on Internet “memes.” And just … More →


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To Vote or Not?

The full force of the nation’s quadrennial general-election campaign season is about to hit us. It will not occur to the majority of the nation’s voters who identify as Catholic to assess candidates in the light of teachings of the Faith. It never does. The proof is how they have voted throughout the twentieth century and now into this one, and especially since the so-called … More →


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The Problem of Pluralism and the Remedy of (True) Religion

Mike Church and Chris Ferrara discuss the contrast between Christendom and Western Modernity, and also the remedies to the problems of the latter. To cut to the chase, the real remedy is conversion to the Catholic Faith and the Christian social order that goes along with it. If you consider that this kind of programming should get to more people, please consider supporting the Veritas … More →


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Cardinal Robert Sarah Warns against ‘Demonic Idolatry’ in US

(Thomas D. Williams/Breibart) In a Washington prayer breakfast Tuesday, a high-ranking Vatican cardinal denounced same-sex marriage, transgender bathroom laws, and attacks on the family as “demonic.” In his forceful address, Cardinal Robert Sarah (pictured), who runs the Vatican’s powerful liturgical department, said that these are “portentous times” for the Church and for the world, while slamming gender theory as “ideological colonization” and decrying the “insidious” … More →


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Equality Dogma Must Die

Or so says Selwyn Duke in his column, Drafting women: do we believe in equality or don’t we? Excerpt: I’ve also pointed out that our equality dogma is a con. Equality is not a thing of this world; in fact, in the realm of nature and man, inequality is the norm. And most of human history reflected this reality, with equality dogma born of the … More →


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‘Symbolic of His Struggle against Reality’

The crew of Monty Python’s Flying Circus could hardly be considered paladins of orthodoxy or sound morals. To be direct about the matter, they are public blasphemers. Which is why the short excerpt below, brought to my attention by Mike Church, is so telling. In 1979, when the horrible film, The Life of Brian, was produced, liberal progressivists — even of the mockingly anti-Christian sort … More →


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Conversation and Expectant Silence

After recently re-reading Albert Jay Nock’s 1928 collection of essays entitled On Doing the Right Thing, I had the thought to counterpoint his insights about conversation and civilization with my mentor Josef Pieper’s insights about silence and hope and the attentive perception of reality. For, both of these classically educated and unmistakably learned men sought “a purer perception of reality” and “the truth of things” … 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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