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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.

  • March 2nd, 2012A War for Soulsby Pavel Chichikov

    Recently I ran across this story from last week’s Lifesitenews.

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  • March 2nd, 2012A Strange Couple Of Weeks for the Pro-Life Movement in Britainby Ed West

    It has been a strange couple of weeks for the pro-life movement in Britain, enjoying the unusual, indeed unnerving sensation of winning the battle.

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  • March 1st, 2012They Wander Into Darknessby Pavel Chichikov

    There has been an article most recently in the Journal of Medical Ethics in defense of infanticide. The editor of the Journal has defended the publication of the article. Details here.

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  • March 1st, 2012The Unity of Loveby Kevin O'Brien

    It has long been a teaching in the Catholic Faith, as well as something recognizable in natural philosophy, that there is only one Truth. There is not a truth for you and a truth for me; a truth for science and a truth for religion, a truth for Monday and a truth for Tuesday.

    But the Church now teaches, with the authority of the Magisterium, according to D. C. Schindler in a brilliant essay on Pope Benedict's papal encyclical Deus Caritas Est, that there is only one love - that eros (passionate and affective love) and agape (disinterested love of neighbor) are really two aspects of the same thing - or really, two faces of the same God.

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  • February 29th, 2012Ten Reasons Why I Love Lentby Lorraine V. Murray

    It may seem strange to say that I love a season of repentance, but in fact, I look forward to Lent every year with great enthusiasm. After all, it's a time when the rubber really hits the road for Catholics, as we put aside excuses and get serious about our faith. And here's why I cherish Lent.

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  • February 27th, 2012No Weddings and Three Funeralsby Kevin O'Brien

    We had three funerals to attend three days in a row last week, all for the parents of friends or family who had died - two Catholic funerals and one Protestant.

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  • February 27th, 2012The Highlight of my Careerby Kevin O'Brien

    After years of therapy and extensive soul searching, it appears as if the reason I got into show business was so that my mother would love me.

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  • February 27th, 2012Respect for the Rights of Conscience Actby Kevin O'Brien

    One of my state's senators, Roy Blunt, has sponsored the Respect for the Rights of Conscience Act, and Catholic Vote has sent out an email urging support for it at this critical juncture in American history. Catholic Vote writes as follows:

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  • February 25th, 2012Sleeping on a Relicby Joseph Pearce

    I arrived at Santiago de Compastela in Galicia, in north-west Spain, yesterday evening, which is of course one of the most ancient and one of the most important shrines of Christendom. I've never been here before and am looking forward to going to Mass at the cathedral and to praying at the shrine of the great St James. I am, however, blessed even more by the wonderful surprise that I received upon my arrival here last night.

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  • February 25th, 2012Usury, Debt, and the Global Economic Crisisby Joseph Pearce

    As regular visitors to this site might be aware, I´m currently in Spain promoting the newly-published Spanish edition of my biography of Roy Campbell. Since my arrival on Wednesday I´ve had a hectic routine of press and television interviews and I´m delighted at the publicity that the new book is getting. This, however, is something to which I´ll return when time permits. At present, my schedule forces me to post in haste. This time I´m posting a very interesting set of statistics about the national debt of the countries of the world. It was sent to me via e-mail and I do not know the original source. Nonetheless, it seems to me that this sort of data is important so that we can see the connection between usury and the debt crisis.

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  • February 24th, 2012Again, this Lentby Dena Hunt

    Lorraine’s post on Lenten practices inspired me to think about the season in a more personal and less communal way. I’d been reading a few other things, in print and online, about the freedom that comes from sacrifice, about the feeling of personal power that comes through self-denial or through discipline, about the liberty that comes from freeing one’s self from the bondage of bad habits. I can almost hear an orchestral Also Sprach Zarathusrta as I read. Glory Hallelujah. It all sounds so grand.

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  • February 23rd, 2012Ave Maria University Fights Backby Joseph Pearce

    I'm delighted to be able to post the following statement from Ave Maria University´s President, Jim Towey. It makes me feel honoured to be a member of the Faculty of such an institution:

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  • February 22nd, 2012A supposedly “Catholic” educationby Fr. Simon Henry

    The Zenit Newsagency reports that after long negotiations the Pontifical University of Peru has still refused to fall into line with some basic requests—like following its own constitutions (which, of course, give the Church its rightful place in its governance). Cardinal Bertone has given the University—after long and patient requests and talks—a deadline of Easter Sunday to mend its ways. Presumably, its Pontifical status can be withdrawn. You can read the Zenit article below and some further background here. It has a history of supporting such things as liberation theology.

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  • February 22nd, 2012Note to Self: Avoid These Lenten Traps!by Lorraine V. Murray

    Since childhood, I’ve been trying to “get Lent right.” As a chubby child who was always on a diet, Lent struck me as another in a long list of no-no’s when it came to the treats I dearly craved.

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  • February 20th, 2012Catholic Courses—New Blog Launchedby Joseph Pearce

    Catholic Courses, with which I am involved as Executive Director, has just launched the "Faculty Lounge", a new blog.

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  • February 20th, 2012Roy Campbell and Chesterton in Spainby Joseph Pearce

    Tomorrow I leave for Spain to promote the new Spanish edition of my biography of Roy Campbell and to give a paper at a Chesterton conference in Madrid. My Spanish publisher has lined up a number of television and newspaper interviews and I'll be meeting with various academic groups who are interested in the Catholic literary revival. I'm particularly excited to be visiting Santiago de Compastela and I look forward to paying homage to the great St. James.

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  • February 16th, 2012The Real Catholic Charitiesby Pavel Chichikov

    One would have gotten the impression that Catholic Charities looked favorably on the President’s recent revision of his rulings concerning religious conscience and health coverage.

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  • February 16th, 2012More Dippingby Joseph Pearce

    Continuing my habit of dipping into books from my own library, I came across this provocative and thought-provoking passage from Unpopular Opinions, a book of essays by Dorothy L. Sayers, published in 1946:

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  • February 15th, 2012Confessing the End of an Affairby Joseph Pearce

    William Fahey, president of Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts, has publicly confessed the end of an affair. I should explain, lest unbecoming rumours are unleashed, that the affair he confesses does not involve a mortal sin.

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  • February 15th, 2012Valentine’s Day: the Sexual Revolutionby Deirdre Littleton

    I would like to share an article I wrote for the Gyrene Gazette, the student newspaper at Ave Maria University, where I am studying as a senior:

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