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  • January 17th, 2013An American’s Downton Abbeyby Dena Hunt

    Like millions (maybe that’s an exaggeration) of others, I tuned in to the premiere of Downton Abbey’s third season on PBS Sunday night. The series is in many ways a reiteration of Upstairs, Downstairs back in the seventies, which ran until—well, I think it ran itself to death. finally. This kind of explication of English social hierarchy appeals mostly to Americans for obvious reasons: We’re deprived of that sort of nobility. “You address me as ‘Lord’ by reason of the fact that I’m an earl, the son of an earl, etc. I don’t ‘earn’ it because I don’t have to earn it; it’s mine by inheritance, by right, by birth.”

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  • January 17th, 2013Did Tolkien and Lewis Believe in Nymphs and Dryads?by Joseph Pearce

    This intriguing question was asked of me by a correspondent who was puzzled by the following letter by C. S. Lewis to his friend, Arthur Greeves (emphasis added):

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  • January 17th, 2013You Can’t Vote with your Feet when You’re on a Chain Gangby Kevin O'Brien

    My friend Kevin Aldrich comments on my post Cows and Computers  ...

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  • January 16th, 2013Free Advice to the United States Council of Catholic Bureaucratsby Kevin O'Brien

    The best article of 2013 so far is this rock solid piece by Christopher Manion in Crisis.

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  • January 15th, 2013You Can’t Vote with your Feet when You’re on a Chain Gangby Kevin O'Brien

    My friend Kevin Aldrich comments on my post Cows and Computers ...

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  • January 15th, 2013The Spirit of Antichristby Kevin O'Brien

    In my last post, Denying the Incarnation while Going to Churchwhich I just wrote ten minutes ago, it struck me that the quote I closed with was quite on point.

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  • January 15th, 2013Denying the Incarnation while Going to Churchby Kevin O'Brien

    What is the Catholic Ghetto?

    It is producers producing bad art for consumers who won't pay for good art.  It's hard to say which came first.  But the effect is bad Catholic novels, bad Catholic drama, bad Catholic audio CDs, bad Catholic videos - with nobody making any money off of any of it.  Which of course is not the point; the point is the glory of God, not making money, but economics can not be left out of the question.  Because money measures the seriousness with which we take things - including things we do for the greater glory of God.

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  • January 15th, 2013Free Advice to the United States Council of Catholic Bureaucratsby Kevin O'Brien

    The best article of 2013 so far is this rock solid piece by Christopher Manion in Crisis.

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  • January 15th, 2013An English Convertby Joseph Pearce

    I've just enjoyed the great pleasure of watching the Journey Home on EWTN in which Marcus Grodi's guest is Trevor Lipscombe, an English convert to Catholicism who now lives in the United States and is director of Catholic University of America Press. Subscribers to the St. Austin Review will recognize Trevor as someone whose excellent poetry has featured frequently over the past year or so. He is also the editor of the Ignatius Critical Edition of Newman's novel, Loss and Gain.

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  • January 14th, 2013“Not For Me”by Pavel Chichikov

    The song is: "Not For Me." I’ve listened to it on YouTube many times, and finally decided that I must attempt a version of the lyrics in English. It is an extraordinarily popular song with Russians. Why is that so?

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  • January 14th, 2013Petition Against Redefinition of Marriage in Englandby Robert Asch

    Over 1000 British priests have protested - in an open letter to the Daily Telegraph - against the government's proposal to redefine marriage. The signatories include only four of our more than twenty active Bishops. This is a moment of great significance for the Church in England and Wales.

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  • January 14th, 2013Becoming Gollumizedby Joseph Pearce

    I've just received an e-mail from a high school student who is writing a paper on the character of Smeagol in Tolkien's work. He asked me to reply to a few questions to fulfill the interview component of the paper assignment. I was happy to oblige. Here are his questions and my replies:

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  • January 14th, 2013Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittensby Joseph Pearce

    Well, not exactly ... I've just been interviewed by an inspiring blog, "All Nine Muses". Essentially the interview asked for a few of my favourite things, particularly my favourite poets, novelists, composers and artists. Here's the link:

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  • January 13th, 2013Discoveries in Educationby Dena Hunt

    Colin Jory’s recent post in which he rather pejoratively labeled psychology, social work, education, etc., “sub-humanities” provoked some reaction from readers (me, among them). While his label is indeed provocative, it’s not really much more pejorative than my own, “pseudo-sciences” (Not About Education, September 2012). My interest was education; Colin focuses more on psychology. Something happened to me in 1986 that involves both “disciplines” and exemplifies the problem I have with education, and to some extent, the problem Colin has with psychology.

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  • January 13th, 2013Keeping Up with the Keeping Down of the Jonesesby Kevin O'Brien

    Jones has been caught in this whirlpool because no one speaks for him. Big Government has robbed him of his freedom and the little capital he had. Big Business has done the same. Jones the welfare recipient is not much different from Jones the wage-slave. He wants everything done for him: his health care, his retirement, his vacation, his calendar. Our entire system is anti-family, and it’s not surprising that we are trying to re-define the family, because what we really want is to be taken care of, including receiving the same employee benefits that whomever we’re sleeping with is receiving.

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  • January 13th, 2013Smallness within Bignessby Joseph Pearce

    Once again, I'd like to respond to Justin's comment on one of my posts, this time to my post "Distributism in a Nutshell".

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  • January 12th, 2013A Nation Risesby Joseph Pearce

    This promotional video for this year's March for Life is just superb. It uses Obama's own words about defending children to expose his duplicitous hypocrisy on the abortion issue.

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  • January 10th, 2013Cows and Computersby Kevin O'Brien

    G. K. Chesterton once said (apprently) that Distributism could be summarized as everyone having "three acres and a cow".   And so a commenter named Justin is rightly confused, when he asks in the combox of Joseph Pearce's recent post on Distributism ...

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  • January 10th, 2013Distributism in a Nutshellby Joseph Pearce

    I'd like to respond to the comment that Justin posted to "Distributism for Beginners" (Jan 7th).

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  • January 10th, 2013Newman A To Z: Faith & Reasonby Joseph Pearce

    Let us have a little faith: which ought to be no great hardship to those, who starting with the profession that there is a God, ought not to be surprised that we cannot always understand him, who is infinite.

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