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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 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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  • May 8th, 2012The Proper Concept of Contraceptionby Kevin O'Brien

    Well, the so-called Innocent Smith is proving to be, at the very least, a fine writer, who is engaging me for what he takes to be tribalism over at his blog Innocent Smith's Journal, particulary in his "A Response to Kevin O'Brien".

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  • May 8th, 2012Seeing Redby Sophia Mason

    This is going to be an angry post.  If you’re already suffering from a tragical Tuesday, go read something uplifting instead.  Trust me, you’ll feel much better ...

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  • May 8th, 2012Whose Fault Is It that Liberals Don’t Like Chesterton?by Kevin O'Brien

    Note the things this anonymous blogger says about Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, and note the dialogue that ensues in the combox. 

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  • May 7th, 2012Irish Priests are Revoltingby Fr. Simon Henry

    Today in Dublin the Association of Catholic Priests will meet, with a membership claiming to represent a quarter of priests in Ireland, according to Radio 4's "Today" programme this morning.  They include among  their objectives: allowing the divorced to remarry; the election of bishops; change in liturgical language and practice to be "inclusive and accessible to all"; married clergy and the ordination of women; and a general liberalisation of the Church's teaching on a variety of matters to fall into line with norms and mores of secular society.  You can read their "Objectives" here couched in seemingly innocuous and polite terms but in fact calling for a revolution.  

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  • May 7th, 2012The Germans Invade Missouriby Kevin O'Brien

    He was a typical Mid-Western suburbanite, a nice guy, a baseball fan.  He had a good sense of humor and a touch of common sense.  I could picture him standing by the grill in his backyard drinking a beer and listening to the radio while his neighbors cut their lawns on a humid summer day.

    But there he would sit every month in his office talking to me about Schelling and Goethe and Hegel and Kant, his American common sense compromised by a hefty dose of German idealism and Prussian paganism.

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  • May 7th, 2012On Patriotism and Nationalismby Joseph Pearce

    I was intrigued by Dena's response to my post on Uncle Sam, particularly her assertion that patriotism is good but that nationalism is bad. I know this is largely a question of semantics, but I have always argued that nationalism is good but that imperialism is bad. I am defining "nationalism" as the political philosophy which believes that a world of diverse sovereign territories is preferable to a world in which such territories are subsumed within larger trans-national bodies. According to this definition, Scottish nationalism, which seeks independence for Scotland from the United Kingdom is genuinely nationalist, whereas British nationalism, which seeks to subsume Scotland within a transnational political body is not nationalist but imperialist.

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  • May 7th, 2012Hey! I Found a Sensible Atheist!by Kevin O'Brien

    My YouTube videos that elicit the most comments are the ones that deal with atheism.  Most of the comments from atheists are not even up to a level that resembles rational thought.  For example, there's this one, which advocates not only genocide but Genocide for Peace: "religionists must be gassed and turned to petroleum immediately. Once we euthanize the 5 billion failed fallen subhuman religionists then Humans can get their planet back and We can finally progress peacefully."  I am not making this up.  Click on the link above and scroll down to read it.

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  • May 7th, 2012The End of Civilizationby Joseph Pearce

    I've finally finished watching all thirteen parts of Sir Kenneth Clark's classic series, Civilisation, and am therefore sharing my final thoughts on the series as a whole and on Clark's strengths and weaknesses as an observer of the history of western civilization.

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  • May 5th, 2012Of Sex and Humor, Etc., . . .by Dena Hunt

    Simcha Fisher asks “Is It Really Okay To Laugh About Sex?” at http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/is-it-really-okay-to-laugh-about-sex1.

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  • May 5th, 2012Shakespeare and St. Jeromeby Robert Asch

    There's a passage in the Vulgate I recently came across isolated from its usual context: 'Sicut nycticorax in domicilio' (Psalm 102, 7: "I am like a night raven in the house")—and I was struck by its resemblance to Caliban's mother's name, Sycorax.

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  • May 4th, 2012Filled with Desireby Kevin O'Brien

    Andrew Lomas, regular Ink Desk reader, poses some intelligent questions here on issues of Eros and Agape.

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  • May 4th, 2012Will the Real Uncle Sam Please Stand Up?by Joseph Pearce

    One of my favourite country songs of recent years is "Small Town Southern Man" by Alan Jackson, a song that forms part of that "Chesterton Country" that I've celebrated here on the Ink Desk. The only line in the lyrics of this otherwise entirely healthy song that leaves me feeling a little ambivalent is that referring to bowing his head to Jesus and standing for Uncle Sam.

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  • May 4th, 2012True Baring and Hard Knoxby Joseph Pearce

    The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;

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  • May 4th, 2012Early Morning Mass for Breakfastby Tom Kallene

    Living in Spain, and in my case the old center of Madrid, allows me to indulge in a personal spiritual pleasure: the early morning Mass. Since the day here tends to end later than in America, we get out of bed a little later too. Office hours in general start at nine am or later. Early morning Mass in my case is at 8:30 a.m., in a wonderful oratory a mere five-minute walk from my home.

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  • May 3rd, 2012From the Green Woodby Dena Hunt

    Elizabeth Scalia over at The Anchoress website provides a clip of the movie “The Perfect Family” in which the Catholic Church is ridiculed and condemned. (one comedic line: “I don’t have to think—I’m Catholic!”) Some scenes are indeed funny—with that kind of self-deprecating humor that one expects to be allowed for “insiders”—but others are definitely not, because, judging from the trailer, the film is definitely not a mere vehicle for Catholics to make fun of themselves; it’s the opposite: a serious, very un-funny showcase for “liberal” anti-Catholics to display their self-perceived moral superiority.

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  • May 3rd, 2012Explaining My Absenceby Joseph Pearce

    I think that a brief explanation of my protracted absence from the Ink Desk might be in order. First, however, I'd like to thank Kevin and Dena for holding the fort, so to speak, in my absence. Their posts are always so thought-provoking in the best sense of the word and we are so blessed to have them as stars in our constellation of bloggers.

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