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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 4th, 2012Filled with Desireby Kevin O'Brien

    Andrew Lomas, regular Ink Desk reader, poses some intelligent questions here on issues of Eros and Agape.

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  • May 4th, 2012Will the Real Uncle Sam Please Stand Up?by Joseph Pearce

    One of my favourite country songs of recent years is "Small Town Southern Man" by Alan Jackson, a song that forms part of that "Chesterton Country" that I've celebrated here on the Ink Desk. The only line in the lyrics of this otherwise entirely healthy song that leaves me feeling a little ambivalent is that referring to bowing his head to Jesus and standing for Uncle Sam.

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  • May 4th, 2012True Baring and Hard Knoxby Joseph Pearce

    The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;

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  • May 4th, 2012Early Morning Mass for Breakfastby Tom Kallene

    Living in Spain, and in my case the old center of Madrid, allows me to indulge in a personal spiritual pleasure: the early morning Mass. Since the day here tends to end later than in America, we get out of bed a little later too. Office hours in general start at nine am or later. Early morning Mass in my case is at 8:30 a.m., in a wonderful oratory a mere five-minute walk from my home.

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  • May 3rd, 2012From the Green Woodby Dena Hunt

    Elizabeth Scalia over at The Anchoress website provides a clip of the movie “The Perfect Family” in which the Catholic Church is ridiculed and condemned. (one comedic line: “I don’t have to think—I’m Catholic!”) Some scenes are indeed funny—with that kind of self-deprecating humor that one expects to be allowed for “insiders”—but others are definitely not, because, judging from the trailer, the film is definitely not a mere vehicle for Catholics to make fun of themselves; it’s the opposite: a serious, very un-funny showcase for “liberal” anti-Catholics to display their self-perceived moral superiority.

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  • May 3rd, 2012Explaining My Absenceby Joseph Pearce

    I think that a brief explanation of my protracted absence from the Ink Desk might be in order. First, however, I'd like to thank Kevin and Dena for holding the fort, so to speak, in my absence. Their posts are always so thought-provoking in the best sense of the word and we are so blessed to have them as stars in our constellation of bloggers.

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  • May 2nd, 2012Love, Shakespeare and Everything In Betweenby Kevin O'Brien

    What does love have to do with discipline?  What does discipline have to do with purity?  What does purity have to do with fruitfulness?

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  • May 2nd, 2012Everything I Learned about Theology and Economics I Learned from “Cracked”by Kevin O'Brien

    We live in a world where the most insightful and mature politicital commentary is in Cracked.

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  • May 1st, 2012We Are Now to be Protected Even From Our Freedom of Choiceby Dena Hunt

    We are now to be protected even from our freedom of choice.

    A new legislative push now aims to make it illegal for people to seek help in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction. A “self-identified Catholic” in California has introduced legislation that would prohibit minors from seeking therapy even with parental consent, and would allow adults to do so only by signing an “informed consent” document stating that they “know” an attempt to change their homosexual orientation may result in depression and suicide, along with other dangerous side-effects.

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  • April 30th, 2012Interview with a Vikingby Jef Murray

    For those interested, a new interview with TheViking of Middle-earth News was just posted at the following website. Enjoy!

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  • April 27th, 2012C.S. Lewis on the Rational and the Mysticalby Joseph Pearce

    We must believe that there is no real conflict between the Rational and the Mystical: but in a given period now one, now the other, will be what the world actually needs to be reminded of - I mean the unbelieving world: and one or the other will usually be the bridge to faith.

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  • April 27th, 2012The Rights and Wrongs of Rantingby Joseph Pearce

    There's been an interesting discussion arising from my post "Voice and Voices in Shakespeare". I'd like particularly to draw attention to Kevin O'Brien's eloquent contribution to that discussion. I am, however, posting my own shorter contribution to the discussion, hoping it will serve as an appetizer leading people to the full discussion. Here it is:

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  • April 26th, 2012The Jesuit Presence in Romeo and Julietby Joseph Pearce

    I am currently teaching an on-line class on Romeo and Juliet for Homeschool Connections and received an e-mail from one of my students asking if there is a dialectical engagement with Elizabethan anti-Catholicism in the play. Here's my response to the student:

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  • April 26th, 2012Strindbergby Tom Kallene

    Being a Swede in "exile," the other day I visited the Swedish embassy to renew my passport.

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  • April 26th, 2012C.S. Lewis & Friendsby Joseph Pearce

    Admirers of C. S. Lewis might like to check out the forthcoming C. S. Lewis and The Inklings Society Conference at Taylor University. I had a great time as the keynote speaker at this conference a couple of years ago and can thoroughly recommend it. Here are the details:

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  • April 25th, 2012Voice and Voices in Shakespeareby Joseph Pearce

    I was intrigued to read the discussion in Kevin's post, "Winter's Tale to Fairy Tale", in which it was suggested that Shakespeare could not be a good Catholic because of his depiction of nihilism and despair in plays such as Macbeth and King Lear. Kevin's response to these suggestions is very good and I hope that people will take the time to visit this post to read what he he has to say.

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  • April 25th, 2012Shakespeare Lives!by Dena Hunt

    Father Z has outdone himself in this opening scene from “A Most Tragikal History of Obama I.”

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  • April 24th, 2012Holiness and Kingshipby Joseph Pearce

    Readers of The Lord of the Rings will be familiar with the combination of holiness and kingship in the characterization of Aragorn. Such characteristics are not, however, confined to the magical worlds of myth, legend and fairy tales. History is full of holy kings and queens. One thinks perhaps of St. Edward the Confessor or St. Elizabeth of Portugal, or "good King Wenceslaus" who famously "looked out on the feast of Stephen". Closer to our own time, we should remember Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary. My friend, Brendan King, has just forwarded me this short video tribute to the "prince of peace" who was beatified by John Paul II in 2004.

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  • April 23rd, 2012For England, Shakespeare, and Saint George!by Joseph Pearce

    On this feast day of the great St. George, I'd like to pay tribute to England's greatest writer. Isn't it astonishing that the great Bard of Avon was born and died on the feast day of England's patron saint? There was only one chance in 365 that he would be born on St. George's Day, and only one chance in 365 that he would die on St. George's Day.

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  • April 23rd, 2012A Prayer to Saint George on His Feast Dayby Joseph Pearce

    Today is the Feast of St. George, patron saint of England.  As an Englishman, this day is my national day, at least as significant to me as is the Fourth of July to Americans. As a Catholic, the day means much more to me than it did in the days when I was only an Englishman.

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