Category: Politics and Society

The ‘Splendid Little War’

Exactly 120 years ago this month, the United States was gearing up to go to war. In April Congress would declare it, government in those days still adhering to the constitutional requirement that Congress declare the nation’s wars instead of … Continue reading

A.E.I.O.U.

History-minded readers will recognize the letters A.E.I.O.U. as the logo of the Habsburg dynasty and therefore Austria when it was the center of the Holy Roman Empire that they ruled for centuries, an empire which became the Austro-Hungarian one, the … Continue reading

Beware of Ravenous Wolves

Preface The Election of Donald Trump: Could This Be Our Last Chance? This article was published on December 23, 2016 (Saint Benedict Center; On-line Journal; Richmond, N.H.), shortly after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Beware of … Continue reading

The Childslayers

When Brother Francis was teaching me Christology, he would constantly repeat something that Father Leonard Feeney often said to him. Holding an icon of the Mother and Child at the beginning of each class, he would say, “Here is the … Continue reading

Against the New Racism

Recent postings on social media have made me ponder the subject of hateful overreaction. I speak specifically about the racism that exists in certain narrow “conservative” circles. (I put the word in quotes because I find that many who call … Continue reading

A Tale of Three Revolutions

Last night I attended a meeting of the Alhambra Historical Society, at which Joyce Amaro, president of the Alhambra Preservation Group, gave a presentation on the formerly Episcopalian chapel of Ss. Simon and Jude and her organisation’s thus far successful … Continue reading

How to Crush the Creepocracy

USA Today has come out with a laundry list of celebrities and pols recently accused of taking advantage of their power for base carnal gratification: “Weinstein aftermath: All the men accused of sexual misconduct.” While the piece is not recommended … Continue reading