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  • September 7th, 2012A Postcard from Thomas More Collegeby Joseph Pearce

    Today is the first day of classes at Thomas More College. Like the students with whom I hiked in the White Mountains on Monday and Tuesday, I am a Freshman at this new school. I am the new kid on the block, having joined the TMC Faculty after eleven years of teaching at Ave Maria University.

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  • September 6th, 2012How Smooth This Road to Hell Seems!by Kevin O'Brien

    Did you ever stop and think about how much trouble we get in simply by doing things that we know are objectively wrong?

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  • September 6th, 2012Bishop Elliott to Celebrate Mass in St. Louisby Kevin O'Brien

    Bishop Peter Elliott of Melbourne, Australia will be celebrating Holy Mass in the city that is probably the furthest city in the world from his home diocese. 

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  • September 5th, 2012Hidden Gems in Mid-Missouriby Kevin O'Brien

    Hidden gems in rural towns in Mid-Missouri ... (plus a few shots of me in character)

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  • September 5th, 2012Pearce on Pierceby Joseph Pearce

    Over the last two days I have had the immense pleasure of getting to know the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On Monday I hiked to the summits of Mount Pierce and Mount Eisenhower in the company of the incoming Freshman class of Thomas More College, which I have just joined as writer in residence and Visiting Fellow. I can think of no more pleasurable way of getting to know one's future students!

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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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