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  • September 5th, 2012Wagner, Wotan, and Christby Joseph Pearce

    I'd like to draw attention to an excellent comment by Mark to my post "The Peace that Parsifal Understanding" (August 31st). Mark questions my assertion that Wagner was a Christian and goes on to quote Roger Scruton to buttress the more conventional image of Wagner as a humanist whose adherence to Christianity was tenuous and heretical.

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  • September 4th, 2012Blaming the Victimby Dena Hunt

    Father Benedict Groeschel made a comparatively innocuous remark on the subject of the scandal in the Church during an interview by the National Catholic Register. The remark resulted in negative publicity, but that was not its only effect; it also caused Fr. Groeschel to step down from the show he has hosted on EWTN for many years. NCR has apologized for publishing the remark, as well they should—it was inexcusably poor editing, but what troubles me more is the nature of the apology and all those that followed.

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  • September 4th, 2012That Question of Evil—Againby Dena Hunt

    A friend (I’ll call him John) weeps over the human trafficking of children, sold for sexual use. In some parts of the world, they are even bred now for that market. He rages and demands to know how we’re supposed to deal with the reality of evil. That may the oldest question in the world. Explaining evil is a topic that’s been done to death. Literally. The responses have become stock. Here are the three most common.

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  • September 3rd, 2012What Is Rapeby Kevin O'Brien

    This is a post from my own blog of a few days back.  While I mirror many posts both there and here at the Ink Desk, I leave the more contentious ones at my own blog.  Anything that's not about culture or the Faith, I don't share with the Ink Desk, nor posts that are potentially too controversial.  I try to keep the biggest headaches I generate away from Joseph Pearce and my fellow Ink Deskers!

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  • September 3rd, 2012A Trioletby Kevin O'Brien

    Let's chase from every single parish

    Hell and sin and Holy Fear

    Let's make our architecture garish.

    Let's chase from every single parish

    God almighty.  Then let's cherish

    Moods and feelings, vague, unclear -

    Let's chase from every single parish

    Hell and sin and Holy Fear.

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  • September 2nd, 2012Meet Christ the King, not Christ the Kittenby Kevin O'Brien

    Peter Kreeft has written the best article of his life, an article that recaps his entire body of work on the Faith, in a way.  It is not only a must read, it is a must quote - though I'm tempted to quote the whole thing.

    One part will have to do.  

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  • September 2nd, 2012Interview on Well-Known Catholic Blogby Joseph Pearce

    I recently gave an interview about my work to a well-known Catholic blog. Here's a link for those who might be interested in reading it:

    http://saintsinprogress.blogspot.com/2012/09/joseph-pearce-support-catholic-speaker.html

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  • September 1st, 2012Remembering Memoryby Dena Hunt

    I’ve just been reading “On the Mystery and Meaning of Remembering,” in which Msgr. Charles Pope attempts to look at memory from a combination of scientific and theological viewpoints. Following his thoughts about memory evokes a memory….

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  • September 1st, 2012Right Meets Leftby Kevin O'Brien

    The misunderstanding concerning my post on the Hegelian Mambo danced by both parties is that liberals can't imagine Romney as a liberal; or for that matter Obama as a conservative.  So when I say Romney is the most liberal candidate the Republicans have ever nominated, my readers think I'm nuts.  So let me explain.

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  • August 31st, 2012Orientation and Orienteeringby Joseph Pearce

    This weekend I head to New Hampshire to join Thomas More College's incoming Freshmen on a two-day hike in the White Mountains. Apart from the new students, I'll also be joined by William Fahey and Christopher Blum, President and Dean respecitvely of TMC, and other members of the Faculty.

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  • August 31st, 2012The Peace that Parsifal Understandingby Joseph Pearce

    I should probably begin by apologizing for the pun that I have just employed. Nonetheless, having recently watched a superb and breathtaking performance of Wagner’s last and perhaps greatest work, the pun seemed to press itself insistently into my imagination.

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  • August 30th, 2012Margaret Ward: English Martyrby Joseph Pearce

    Continuing our habit on the Ink Desk of honouring the English martyrs, I'd like to pay homage to a wonderful saint, who laid down her life for the Faith of her Fathers.

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  • August 29th, 2012Love and War and Gonadsby Kevin O'Brien

    My last two posts (both here and at my own blog), The Rape of Reason and Love and War , are connected.

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  • August 29th, 2012Love and Warby Kevin O'Brien

    Joseph Pearce writes about the unity of  love in this perceptive post , which rightly and gently critiques the great C. S. Lewis.  Joseph does so by asserting the essential unity of Love, thereby echoing Pope Benedict, who wrote an entire encyclical on the unity of love, the unity even of Eros and Agape.  And while I've written on the unity of love at length, today I'm going one step further.  Today I'm pointing out that not only is Love, like God, One - with Eros, Agape, Philia, etc. being many aspects or elements of this unity of love ("elements" or "aspects", I'd say, rather than "accidents", as Joseph claims), but I'm going to assert that Love can also be expressed in fighting, even in violence.

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  • August 29th, 2012One of My Books Goes on Pilgrimageby Joseph Pearce

    I've been sent this great photograph from Spain, which I'd like to share. The Spanish gentleman is visiting the grave in Portugal of Roy and Mary Campbell, the great Catholic convert poet and his wife.

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  • August 29th, 2012Jane Austen and Emma Thompson: A Spanish Perspectiveby Joseph Pearce

    My recent post on Jane Austen has formed the basis for an article in today's edition of the Spanish on-line newspsper, Religión en Libertad. Those visitors to the Ink Desk who can speak Spanish might like to check it out.

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  • August 28th, 2012How Many Loves?by Joseph Pearce

    One of the dangers of writing blog-posts is that one tends to shoot from the hip, without too much forethought. It could truly be said that bloggers rush in where scholars fear to tread. This being so, I am aware of a heady and heedless recklessness as I prepare to sound forth on C. S. Lewis’ “Four Loves”, daring to criticize the great man without taking the time and trouble to re-read his seminal work on the subject. I am prompted to do so by the arrival of a new book on my desk entitled The Fifth Love by Michael Karounos.

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  • August 27th, 2012Solzhenitsyn and Pussy Riotby Joseph Pearce

    I've just been interviewed by a journalist who wanted my opinion on what Solzhenitsyn would have made of the recent trial of the members of the Russian feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, for their sacrilegious and anti-Christian "performance" in the Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow. Here are her questions, with my replies.

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  • August 26th, 2012Blasphemy against the Holy Spiritby Kevin O'Brien

    Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit - the one unforgivable sin.  What is it?

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  • August 25th, 2012In Praise of the Englishby Dena Hunt

    …language. Kevin recently posted an excerpt from the inimitable Fr. George Rutler, a mini-masterpiece of lucid prose. There is another, ”Anger Management,” on the Crisis page yesterday, a cool drink of water for anyone whose mind may be wandering in the desert. A few bits should illustrate:

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