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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 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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  • May 7th, 2012Hey! I Found a Sensible Atheist!by Kevin O'Brien

    My YouTube videos that elicit the most comments are the ones that deal with atheism.  Most of the comments from atheists are not even up to a level that resembles rational thought.  For example, there's this one, which advocates not only genocide but Genocide for Peace: "religionists must be gassed and turned to petroleum immediately. Once we euthanize the 5 billion failed fallen subhuman religionists then Humans can get their planet back and We can finally progress peacefully."  I am not making this up.  Click on the link above and scroll down to read it.

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  • May 7th, 2012The End of Civilizationby Joseph Pearce

    I've finally finished watching all thirteen parts of Sir Kenneth Clark's classic series, Civilisation, and am therefore sharing my final thoughts on the series as a whole and on Clark's strengths and weaknesses as an observer of the history of western civilization.

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  • May 5th, 2012Of Sex and Humor, Etc., . . .by Dena Hunt

    Simcha Fisher asks “Is It Really Okay To Laugh About Sex?” at http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/is-it-really-okay-to-laugh-about-sex1.

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  • May 5th, 2012Shakespeare and St. Jeromeby Robert Asch

    There's a passage in the Vulgate I recently came across isolated from its usual context: 'Sicut nycticorax in domicilio' (Psalm 102, 7: "I am like a night raven in the house")—and I was struck by its resemblance to Caliban's mother's name, Sycorax.

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  • 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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