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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.

  • December 7th, 2012The Immaculataby Pavel Chichikov

    As I write this, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins tomorrow, December 8, 2012. Why do I call the Blessed Virgin “the Immaculata”?

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  • December 7th, 2012The Hobbit and the Jesuitby Joseph Pearce

    A few weeks ago I appeared on EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa to discuss The Hobbit and my new book about it. Here's the video:
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  • December 7th, 2012In Tolkien’s Footstepsby Joseph Pearce

    "Literary pilgrims in search of the places that inspired Tolkien should look closer to home than New Zealand, starting with Birmingham and Oxford."
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  • December 7th, 2012Lies, Damned Lies and Media Reporting of the Catholic Churchby Joseph Pearce

    His recent ignorant attack on The Lord of the Rings notwithstanding, Tim Stanley is a rare voice of courage and sanity in the UK's media. Here he unravels the unconsionable lies of the mainstream media:

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  • December 6th, 2012The Black Magic of Todayby Kevin O'Brien

    In The Everlasting Man, G. K. Chesterton writes about devil worship.  He says that when pagans get serious about their imaginary deities, they turn to "diabolism". 

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  • December 6th, 2012Suicide vs. Sacrificeby Kevin O'Brien

    Dante groups into one of his deep circles of hell two types of sinners - suicides (those who took their own lives) and squanderers (those who wasted their resources).

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  • December 6th, 2012Conversion and All That Jazzby Joseph Pearce

    There have been many tributes to Jazz legend, Dave Brubeck, who died yesterday. One significant detail that was left out of the universal eulogizing was the fact that Brubeck converted to Catholicism in 1980 and spent the final 32 years of his life as a faithful Catholic. He was also married to the same woman for seventy years and accepted the blessing of a large family.

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  • December 6th, 2012Bilbo Baggins and Raymond Arroyoby Joseph Pearce

    I am being interviewed on the World Over with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN this evening.

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  • December 6th, 2012Julia Caesarby Joseph Pearce

    In this morning's Telegraph (UK), Charles Spencer reviews an all-female production of Julius Caesar. Apparently it is set in a women's prison. He concludes:

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  • December 4th, 2012Saruman Meets Macbethby Joseph Pearce

    What would happen if Shakespeare had ever read The Lord of the Rings? It's a mind-boggling thought. This link may provide the answer!



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  • December 4th, 2012To Be Equals Not to Beby Kevin O'Brien

    A friend of mine gave me a CD to listen to while driving.  It was a recording of speeches made at a conference at Clear Creek on John Senior and the Integrated Humanities Program at KU, a program that made so many Catholic converts over the years.

    One of the presenters made an interesting comment.  He said that Modernity is an attack on Being.

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  • December 4th, 2012Love and Responsibilityby Kevin O'Brien

    In my last post I wrote about Dante and "Custody of the Eyes", particularly how Dante's genuine mature purity gives the lie to the faux mature purity of those who think the rules don't apply to them.

    And just now I came upon this insightful paragraph by Stephen Zelnick in the Ignatius Press Critical Romeo and Juliet - (emphasis mine)

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  • December 4th, 2012The Hunt for Gollumby Joseph Pearce

    Here's the link to a very good low-budget movie about Aragorn's hunt for Gollum. It's a little under 40 minutes in length and is well worth the investment of time. It's more Peter Jackson than J. R. R. Tolkien but will delight Middle-earthlings nonetheless.

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  • December 4th, 2012Custody Battleby Kevin O'Brien

    One of the more ridiculous blog battles last liturgical year was the Christopher West inspired claim that those of so-called "mature purity" need not practise "custody of the eyes".  "Custody of the Eyes", for those who don't know, is the simple and humble practise of not gazing upon objects that would excite our passions to sin.  In most cases, that means (for us guys) not gaping at naked ladies or at those who are provocatively dressed.

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  • December 4th, 2012The Lord of the Rings and Hannibal Lecterby Joseph Pearce

    If The Lord of the Rings were written like a Hannibal Lecter movie...

    Adapted by Brendan King from the novel "Red Dragon" by Thomas Harris.

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  • December 4th, 2012Brake for a Smile Breakby Dena Hunt

    For anyone who missed the videoclip of the circus visiting the Vatican:

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  • December 3rd, 2012The Life of the Mindby Joseph Pearce

    Herewith my customary apology for not being able to write substantial posts to the Ink Desk due to my hectic travel schedule. In the absence of any really lengthy post, I'm hopeful that this sort of postcard will suffice instead.

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  • December 3rd, 2012What the Pope Really Saidby Pavel Chichikov

    His Holiness Benedict XVI released a new book called Infancy Narratives only a few weeks ago. The popular press presented it as debunking our age-old traditions about Christmas – no ox and ass at the crib, no warming of the infant Child with their breath, no angels caroling above the astonished shepherds, and Our Lord not born in the year 0.

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  • December 3rd, 2012Legal Cases Move Forwardby Pavel Chichikov

    Noted below is the status of one particular case moved by a plaintiff against the Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to provide free healthcare coverage which includes payment for contraceptives, sterilization and some abortion-inducing drugs:

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  • December 1st, 2012Script-Doctor, Heal Thyself!by Kevin O'Brien

    There's this thing in Hollywood called a Script Doctor.  This Script Doctor is a paid professional who takes your screenplay, and regardless of how literary or well done it is, charges you tens of thousands, nay even hundreds of thousands of dollars, to make it into a hackneyed formula piece.

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