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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 15th, 2012Finnis Shakespeare Interviewby Paul Adams

     

    I was surprised and pleased to see an interview with John Finnis, a leading natural law theorist, emeritus professor of law at University College, Oxford (where I first encountered him in my student days there) and now professor of law at Notre Dame.  The interview was conducted at University of Notre Dame Australia, in Sydney.

    What surprised me was that the interview was about Shakespeare, Identity, and Religion.

     

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  • May 14th, 2012Will We Defend All of Marriage - or Part of It?by Kevin O'Brien

    Nearly fifteen years ago, when I was Episcopalian, a leader of our local "Journey of Faith" program described to the group how she had made some sort of knitting or crochet or tapestry thing for a friend of hers when the friend had gotten married many years prior.  It was some sort of heart with the names of the couple - let's say Ted & Alice - sewn or crocheted or knitted in (I don't know how this stuff works), all framed and gift wrapped.

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  • May 14th, 2012Food for Thoughtby Joseph Pearce

    Yesterday afternoon my wife suggested that we go out to get a pizza, a suggestion which was unusual and at the same time welcome. I like pizza but we are not fast food junkies and we seldom indulge in the modern mania for eating on the run. Susannah normally cooks the family meal and we make a point of eating and praying together in the evening. It was Sunday, however, and Susannah decided that this particular Sabbath would be a day of rest from cooking. I relished the prospect of indulging myself with a good pizza and Susannah suggested that we drive to a family-owned pizza restaurant, which had won awards for the quality of its food. We’d eaten there before and my mouth was watering at the memory and the prospect.

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  • May 12th, 2012The Inclusiveness of Manby Joseph Pearce

    The indefatigable Louis Markos of Houston Baptist University has been conducting a crusade against the butchering of the bible in the name of feminist-driven "inclusive language". In a reply to an e-mail from Dr. Markos, to which I was privy, the incomparable Anthony Esolen of Providence College waxed lucid and lyrical in defence of man and mankind. Having requested and received his permission to post his thoughts on the StAR Ink Desk, here's the text of Dr. Esolen's e-mail:

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  • May 12th, 2012Pre-Occupied by the One-Half of One Percentby Kevin O'Brien

    Occupy Wall Street and related groups were indignant, and rightly so, that the wealthiest one percent of the population seems to control the government.

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  • May 12th, 2012Little Words, Great Powerby Dena Hunt

    There is a fatal lack of awareness that makes us easy targets for the deadliest weapon of our time—words. Not strange words, not “big” words, not words no one understands, but little words we all know and use every day, “nice” words like “love,” or “marriage,” or “Church.” Yesterday the news reported that the Catholic Church affirms the right of gay couples to marry. Huh? It turns out that three theologians (named) said the vast majority of Catholics believe gay couples should have a legal right to marry. What the news reported is called a “spin,” a new term for our time. Take anything anyone says—in whole or in part—apply your own interpretation, and report that interpretation as what was said.

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  • May 12th, 2012Living Water from North of the Borderby Joseph Pearce

    For the past few years, Living Water College has been integrating Faith, Reason and Art north of the border in Alberta. This summer's sacred choral program at the college has just been announced and I thought I'd share the announcement with visitors to this site. Here's the text:

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  • May 10th, 2012My Country Right or Wrongby Joseph Pearce

    I'd like to clarify the use in my post "Will the Real Uncle Sam Please Stand Up?" of Chesterton's quote about my country right or wrong being the same as my mother drunk or sober. Specifically I'd like to clarify my position in light of this comment, posted by "Jamie":

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  • May 10th, 2012Stupidity vs. Prideby Kevin O'Brien

    Here's why it's impossible to debate so-called "gay marriage".

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  • May 10th, 2012Containing Multidudesby Sophia Mason

    Since Dena and Joseph have taken the subject up ... due to our Fearless Leader's ...

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  • 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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