Welcome to the Ink Desk

Enjoy the ponderings of the Star's contributors and add your own thoughts. As this section develops, we hope it may become a medium for an exchange of ideas among those who are working towards the cultural revival.

  • May 17th, 2012His Peace She Gives Usby Kevin O'Brien

    Dawn Eden is a friend of mine and one of the most intelligent women I've ever met.  She shares with me a love for G. K. Chesterton and an adult conversion that brought her from much suffering and sin into a life of grace.  So we have some things in common, and I admire her greatly.

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  • May 16th, 2012As the Globe Turnsby Kevin O'Brien

    Chesterton Academy in Minneapolis recently produced my play As the Globe Turns, a comedy about a traveling troupe of Shakespearian actors. 

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  • May 16th, 2012A Pat on Our Backsby Joseph Pearce

    I'm not sure that it's fully decorous to publish notes from StAR subscribers that praise the quality of the journal, nor am I sure that it's decorous to publish notes that praise my own work as series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. This being so I am rather bashful as I post Harry Colin's recent e-mail to the Ink Desk. I have his permission to do so, and I have the excuse that both StAR and the ICEs warrant praise! I hope, therefore, that I will be forgiven the sheer chutzpah of the post:

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  • May 16th, 2012Saying the Blackby Sophia Mason

    Having written what I wrote last week, I should admit that I don't positively dislike the Tridentine Mass—I just prefer the Novus Ordo.

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  • May 15th, 2012San Isidroby Tom Kallene

    Today, May 15th, Madrid celebrates its patron saint, San Isidro. As an adopted "madrileño," it’s a big day for me. Not only because this town and this country has a deep significance for me as a Pilgrim. It is also because I find this saint so personal, and his low-key sainthood so attractive—in a similar way to Saint Joseph. San Isidro left no great works, sayings, or monuments behind. He was a humble farm worker all his life. 

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  • May 15th, 2012The Catholic Underground?by Joseph Pearce

    Colin Jory in Australia has sent me this grimly amusing poster. It advertises the London Underground system, or the tube as Londoners call it, and is displayed prominently in many tube stations throughout the nation's capital city. It is darkly humorous and points an accusing finger at the dastardly king. One wonders whether a secret Catholic is involved in designing the advertising campaigns on London's tube, engaging in a little surreptitious historical revisionism.

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  • May 15th, 2012Finnis Shakespeare Interviewby Paul Adams

     

    I was surprised and pleased to see an interview with John Finnis, a leading natural law theorist, emeritus professor of law at University College, Oxford (where I first encountered him in my student days there) and now professor of law at Notre Dame.  The interview was conducted at University of Notre Dame Australia, in Sydney.

    What surprised me was that the interview was about Shakespeare, Identity, and Religion.

     

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  • May 14th, 2012Will We Defend All of Marriage - or Part of It?by Kevin O'Brien

    Nearly fifteen years ago, when I was Episcopalian, a leader of our local "Journey of Faith" program described to the group how she had made some sort of knitting or crochet or tapestry thing for a friend of hers when the friend had gotten married many years prior.  It was some sort of heart with the names of the couple - let's say Ted & Alice - sewn or crocheted or knitted in (I don't know how this stuff works), all framed and gift wrapped.

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  • May 14th, 2012Food for Thoughtby Joseph Pearce

    Yesterday afternoon my wife suggested that we go out to get a pizza, a suggestion which was unusual and at the same time welcome. I like pizza but we are not fast food junkies and we seldom indulge in the modern mania for eating on the run. Susannah normally cooks the family meal and we make a point of eating and praying together in the evening. It was Sunday, however, and Susannah decided that this particular Sabbath would be a day of rest from cooking. I relished the prospect of indulging myself with a good pizza and Susannah suggested that we drive to a family-owned pizza restaurant, which had won awards for the quality of its food. We’d eaten there before and my mouth was watering at the memory and the prospect.

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  • May 12th, 2012The Inclusiveness of Manby Joseph Pearce

    The indefatigable Louis Markos of Houston Baptist University has been conducting a crusade against the butchering of the bible in the name of feminist-driven "inclusive language". In a reply to an e-mail from Dr. Markos, to which I was privy, the incomparable Anthony Esolen of Providence College waxed lucid and lyrical in defence of man and mankind. Having requested and received his permission to post his thoughts on the StAR Ink Desk, here's the text of Dr. Esolen's e-mail:

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  • May 12th, 2012Pre-Occupied by the One-Half of One Percentby Kevin O'Brien

    Occupy Wall Street and related groups were indignant, and rightly so, that the wealthiest one percent of the population seems to control the government.

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  • May 12th, 2012Little Words, Great Powerby Dena Hunt

    There is a fatal lack of awareness that makes us easy targets for the deadliest weapon of our time—words. Not strange words, not “big” words, not words no one understands, but little words we all know and use every day, “nice” words like “love,” or “marriage,” or “Church.” Yesterday the news reported that the Catholic Church affirms the right of gay couples to marry. Huh? It turns out that three theologians (named) said the vast majority of Catholics believe gay couples should have a legal right to marry. What the news reported is called a “spin,” a new term for our time. Take anything anyone says—in whole or in part—apply your own interpretation, and report that interpretation as what was said.

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  • May 12th, 2012Living Water from North of the Borderby Joseph Pearce

    For the past few years, Living Water College has been integrating Faith, Reason and Art north of the border in Alberta. This summer's sacred choral program at the college has just been announced and I thought I'd share the announcement with visitors to this site. Here's the text:

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  • May 10th, 2012My Country Right or Wrongby Joseph Pearce

    I'd like to clarify the use in my post "Will the Real Uncle Sam Please Stand Up?" of Chesterton's quote about my country right or wrong being the same as my mother drunk or sober. Specifically I'd like to clarify my position in light of this comment, posted by "Jamie":

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  • May 10th, 2012Stupidity vs. Prideby Kevin O'Brien

    Here's why it's impossible to debate so-called "gay marriage".

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  • May 10th, 2012Containing Multidudesby Sophia Mason

    Since Dena and Joseph have taken the subject up ... due to our Fearless Leader's ...

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  • May 10th, 2012Is Marriage Going to the Dogs?by Joseph Pearce

    I recommend Dena's seriously amusing post on President Obama's recent endorsement of same sex "marriage". See "The Honor of Your Presence is Requested ...". I couldn't resist posting a response to Sophia's comment to her post, nor could I resist reproducing my comment here. For a full explanation of the way in which the three of us are arguing about the best way for marriage to go to the dogs, I refer you to Dena's post.

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  • May 10th, 2012Land of the Setting Sunby Joseph Pearce

    It is sobering and yet gratifying to know that the culture of death is killing itself. Any culture that sells its soul to Mammon will sacrifice itself on the altar of its own destruction. A recent article about the impending death of Japan serves as a prophecy of the doom of Europe and even of the United States, should the latter continue to follow the same disastrous path that Japan and Europe have taken.

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  • May 10th, 2012Another Cockney Convertby Joseph Pearce

    I have just discovered that one of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in New York is a convert to the Faith who was brought up only about a mile from me in the East End of London. It's always encouraging to hear about other people's paths to Rome but especially gratifying for me to discover a fellow cockney convert from my own East End neighbourhood who became a member of the wonderful order of Franciscans of whom Father Benedict Groeschel is the most famous.

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  • May 10th, 2012The Honor of Your Presence is Requested …by Dena Hunt

    I thank the President for sharing with us on the news this evening his announcement that he supports legal marriage between persons of the same-sex, and for giving us his reasons for that support; his reasons were not only rational, but also very touching. I almost teared up, just listening—and he wore such a sincere expression. In fact, he was an inspiration for Yorkie and me.

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