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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.

  • April 17th, 2012Britain’s Biggest Ever Traitorby Joseph Pearce

    I must draw everyone's attention to a superb piece in yesterday's Daily Telegraph by Ed West, who will be familiar to visitors to this site as one of our constellation of bloggers. Apart from writing for StAR, Ed also writes regularly for the Telegraph and the Catholic Herald in the UK. In this piece he names and shames the person whom he believes is an enemy of Britain whose destructive legacy dwarfs the harm done to Britain by her more famous enemies. Read on and discover whom Ed believes is Britain's biggest ever enemy and why, me judice, the same person is one of the most shameful traitors and cowards that my country ever produced. Here's the link: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/edwest/100151080/who-was-britains-greatest-foe/

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  • April 17th, 2012St. Cuthbert’s Coffinby Pavel Chichikov

    I came across this item today about the sale of an original seventh century gospel of St. John to the British Museum, in partnership with Durham University and Durham Cathedral. It was buried with Saint Cuthbert in about 698.

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  • April 17th, 2012Subjectivism and the Objectby Kevin O'Brien

    In the same way that our pop culture tells us, in movies and songs, that we should "believe", while quite carefully avoiding the thorny question of "believe what?", so those who are "pro choice" but claim they are not "pro abortion" tell us that a person can "choose" without choosing anything in particular.

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  • April 16th, 2012A True Education for Englandby Joseph Pearce

    I am excited by the prospect of a tradition oriented Catholic liberal arts college in England. Such a college, if its launch is successful, will serve as an oasis of truth in the midst of a secular fundamentalist desert. Here are the details.

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  • April 16th, 2012An Anglican Bishop Comes Homeby Joseph Pearce

     

    My good friend in Madrid, José Luis Orella, has just sent me the translation of an interview with an English Anglican bishop who has converted to the True Church. Here's the text of the translation.

     

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  • April 15th, 2012The Best Movie Ever Madeby Kevin O'Brien

    Forget about October Baby, even though I was raving about it. Forget about It's a Wonderful Life, or Gone with the Wind.

    The best movie ever made is without a doubt the new Three Stooges film.

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  • April 15th, 2012A Panorama of Futilityby Kevin O'Brien

    Below, Tom Kallene writes about God in the Sleepless Night, and all I can say is, I wish I could take such sleepless nights in stride as Tom apparently does.

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  • April 13th, 2012Religious Freedomby Dena Hunt

    Joseph’s post (Faith, Freedom, and the Future) included a link to a brief video directed at “cafeteria Catholics” about religious freedom. I saw the video just moments after reading two news items related to this topic. What they were doesn’t matter; I’m sure there were at least a dozen more. The number increases every day.

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  • April 13th, 2012God in the Sleepless Nightby Tom Kallene

    To my surprise, I have developed a sleeping disorder, a type of insomnia. I say “to my surprise” because there is no good reason why I shouldn’t sleep well. Never as an adult have I had so little to worry about, the usual explanation for such a thing. The last two years, in which I have slept progressively worse, have been full of blessings and a rewarding deepening of my spiritual life.

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  • April 12th, 2012Love and Boundariesby Kevin O'Brien

    To love is to be vulnerable.

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  • April 12th, 2012Faith, Freedom and the Futureby Joseph Pearce

    With Big Government secular fundamentalism threatening to strip Americans of their freedom to practice their Christian faith, this no-nonsense video hammers home the key issues on which Catholics and other Christians must vote in the coming election. Cafeteria Catholics should be warned of the eternal consequences of their complicity in the destruction of religious freedom; real Catholics who vote according to the teaching of the Church will be spurning the cafeteria in favour of the promised Heavenly Banquet.

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  • April 11th, 2012Celebrating Cajun Catholicismby Joseph Pearce

    I have just learned that the wonderful Cajun band, L'Angelus are guests on EWTN's "Life on the Rock" this Thursday (tomorrow). If you have not heard or seen this wonderful band, now's your chance. They are solidly Catholic, solidly orthodox, and solidly great musicians. Here's a little taster:

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  • April 10th, 2012Ponderingsby Jef Murray

    It comes without warning, and at the most unexpected of times. I’ll be furiously focused on one task or another: painting, or writing, or preparing for some descending deadline or some travel plans I’m making. Then, as if Someone had gently disconnected the power to all of these troublesome tasks and tribulations, everything ceases. The hammering of schedules, emails, phone calls, and messages slows, and then stops; the silence is startling.

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  • April 10th, 2012Two Hundred Years of Euro-Imperialismby Joseph Pearce

    Having just posted a condemnation of the follies of US imperialism, I thought I'd pair it with a sneer in the direction of the Euro-Imperialism of the European Union. It is interesting, for instance, that the Brussels eurocrats were preceded two centuries earlier by Napoleon in envisioning a "united Europe" imposed by force against the will of the European peoples. Writing in early 1812 to Joseph Fouché, Napoleon explained that his goal in attacking Russia was the dream of a "united Europe":

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  • April 10th, 2012Wisdom on the Arrogance of Ignoranceby Joseph Pearce

    I've been browsing through the latest issue of Chronicles, a magazine that is refreshingly sane in its response to the madness of the world. I particularly enjoyed this wonderful summary of the naivete of US foreign policy:

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  • April 9th, 2012Flower of Scotlandby Joseph Pearce

    Brendan King, a contributor to the St. Austin Review, shares my sympathy for the Jacobite cause. For those who don't know, the Jacobites owe their allegiance to the heirs of the true king of England and Scotland, James II, who was deposed by an unlawful "revolution" in 1688. The Jacobite uprising of 1745 sought to reinstate the true monarchy but was defeated by the army of the usurper at Culloden in 1746.  Here's Brendan's e-mail with a link to a great website.

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  • April 9th, 2012Cardinal Pell and Richard Dawkinsby Joseph Pearce

    Colin Jory has just informed me of a debate on Australian TV between the no-nonsense Cardinal Pell and the all-nonsense Richard Dawkins. It seems that the masculine cardinal put Dawkins in his place. Here's the text of Colin's e-mail.

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  • April 9th, 2012Sex and Shakespeareby Joseph Pearce

    I've just received an e-mail from a concerned parent whose children are being taught Shakespeare badly at high school. Here's the text of the relevant part of the e-mail. My reply follows.

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  • April 9th, 2012The Amazing Power of Ignoranceby Dena Hunt

    On this Easter Sunday morning, our priest referred to the new issue of Newsweek, the one with “Forget the Church. Follow Jesus.” on its cover. He even had a copy of the magazine with him on the pulpit. It would not be accurate to say that he preached a sermon condemning the article. What he did was simply to defend, gently but pointedly, a few tenets of the Catholic faith, such as the sacraments and the Eucharist. It wouldn’t be possible to refute the article, anyway—not to an audience who hadn’t read it. But, curious about what might rouse him to the extent that it did, I went home and looked it up online. 

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  • April 7th, 2012Touchback: A New Christian Movieby Joseph Pearce

    In the wake of Kevin's recent post about October Baby and the discussion which ensued I'm almost feeling guilty in posting details of a new Christian film, which is opening in theatres next week. I haven't seen it and know nothing about it beyond the details in the movie poster below. It might have all the flaws to which Kevin refers. I have no idea. I'm posting it merely to let StAR-gazers know about it. Those who like Christian films, putting the ethics over the aesthetics, might want to check it out; purists might want to sneer. Either way, here are the details:

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