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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.

  • July 6th, 2012The Problem and the Solutionby Kevin O'Brien

    "I know what your problem is. In fact, I know what everyone’s problem is. Furthermore, I not only know the problem, I have the solution."

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  • July 6th, 2012Book Newsby Joseph Pearce

    Within the past few minutes, I've sent the manuscript of a new book, tentatively titled "Bilbo's Pilgrimage: The Christianity of The Hobbit"  to my publisher, Saint Benedict Press. The plan is to have it published in time for the release of the first part of Peter Jackson's movie adaptation of The Hobbit this December.

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  • July 6th, 2012Father of the Big Bangby Joseph Pearce

    It can never be stressed enough that Faith and Reason are inextricably connected. The rejection of the one is always at the expense of the other. It is for this reason that Catholic priests and religious have made some of the most important discoveries in science. The modern science of genetics owes its genesis to a Catholic scientist, as does the science of geology.

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  • July 5th, 2012Franciscan Pyrotechnicsby Joseph Pearce

    Last night I sat on the deck of our home in South Carolina, sipping Kentucky bourbon, watching the dying embers of the fire on which we’d had a barbecue earlier, and listening to the sound of redneck pyrotechnics in the distance.

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  • July 5th, 2012Fifty Things I Like About the United Statesby Joseph Pearce

    Yesterday, as part of our Fourth of July festivities, my wife read me Father Dwight Longenecker’s post on his own website listing the things he likes most about his native land. I am not a native American, unlike all those born here irrespective of ethnic origin, but I am a fairly recent American citizen and thought it might be fun to list fifty things that I like about the United States. Here goes:

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  • July 5th, 2012Sigrid Undset and the Fate of Europeby Paul Adams

    I am reading Sigrid Undset’s Stages of the Road, a collection of essays written in the years after she won the Nobel Prize for literature, published in English in 1934, and now reissued with an introduction by Elizabeth Scalia.  As the new edition’s blurb says, it is a “fascinating collection of of saints’ lives, a prophetic critique of modernity, and a surprisingly contemporary take on being Catholic—in particular a Catholic woman—in a sometimes hostile secular world.”  It is also—strikingly in these days of religious indifferentism, casual heresy, and lowest-common-denominator ecumenism—a powerful critique of Protestantism, its history and continuing legacy in Europe.

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  • July 5th, 2012New Catholic Homeschooling Radio Showby Joseph Pearce

    I've been asked to share news that Radio Maria is sponsoring a Catholic homeschooling radio show, Homeschool Lifeline. The host is Katie Moran, with co-host Terry Arnold.

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  • July 5th, 2012The Forgotten Virtueby Kevin O'Brien

    I once wrote that Hope is more despised than Chastity, that if you're not cynical and disdainful, you're not hip and modern.

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  • July 3rd, 2012A Secret Southern Weaponby Dena Hunt

    Many years ago, I taught English at a high school in a rural town in Georgia. The town wasn’t just rural: Situated in the Okefenokee basin, it was isolated and insulated from the rest of the world. Every day, when I drove the hour-long commute to work, I passed through a time warp; 1988 became 1958. (How warped? Well, one example: There was one doctor in town and his waiting room was segregated. Ignorant, I inadvertently sat down in the wrong place and was promptly ousted by a very large black woman who pointed to the sign “Colored Waiting Area” and asked, “Can’t you read?” Rosa Parks had it easy.)

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  • July 3rd, 2012Cristeros: Soldiers of Christby Joseph Pearce

    As the religious freedom of Catholics is being attacked by the secular fundamentalism of the Obama regime, it is well to remember the murderous history of secular fundamentalism in its continual war against Christ and His Church. I have written often on this site about the guillotines, Gulag and gas chambers of secular fundamentalism in Europe. We have also published an excellent review of the recent movie, For Greater Glory, which highlighted the butchery of secular fundamentalism much closer to home in Mexico. For Greater Glory also highlighted the resistance of the Cristeros, the "soldiers of Christ", who took up arms against the secular fundamentalist tyranny.

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  • June 30th, 2012Vindicatedby Dena Hunt

    It’s humbling to state a political view and get so disagreed-with as I did and was in my Thursday post “What Disaster?” I know well that my political expertise wouldn’t fill a thimble, so the disagreement was not unexpected and evoked only my deferment. (However, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I’ve never believed my habitual lack of emotional involvement in politics necessarily bespeaks a lack of intellectual discernment …) 

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  • June 29th, 2012Announcing My New Position at Thomas More Collegeby Joseph Pearce

    I am delighted to announce that I have accepted a new position with Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in New Hampshire (www.thomasmorecollege.edu). I have been appointed as a Visiting Fellow and as Writer-in-Residence and will commence teaching in the coming Fall semester. I have a long-standing friendship with, and admiration for, William Fahey, the College President, and Christopher Blum, the Dean, both of whom I have known since their days at Christendom College. I am truly delighted and very excited to be part of the same Faculty as these wonderfully learned and devoutly orthodox men. I'm also excited to be part of such a dynamic hub at the centre of the New Evangelization.

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  • June 29th, 2012Sheen the Venerableby Joseph Pearce

    Pope Benedict XVI has officially declared Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be "Venerable", moving him a step closer to possible eventual canonization. Here's the news story:

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  • June 28th, 2012What Disaster?by Dena Hunt

    Reaction to the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obama’s health care law is just as loud and swift as everybody predicted. On one extreme Republican end, lots of apocalyptic hallucinations are popping up; on the other extreme Democratic end, we see the messianic hallucinations of 2008 re-awakened.

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  • June 28th, 2012Defending Religious Freedomby Paul Adams

    Now that any hope has been dashed that the Supreme Court would sink the HHS mandate that employers cover abortifacient drugs, sterilization, and contraception, along with the rest of Obamacare, the fight for religious freedom assumes even more urgency.  The "contraception mandate" is facing legal challenges of its own, but past SCOTUS rulings on the First Amendment do not inspire confidence.

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  • June 28th, 2012Sackcloth and Ashesby Sophia Mason

    So we can put the champagne back in the cupboards.  The Individual Mandate is a tax, says Chief Justice John Roberts (though Justice Kennedy apparently disagrees).

    I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland.  That new kind of Wonderland, in the movie version I wouldn't watch if you paid me to, with The Depp in fright makeup.

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  • June 28th, 2012Water Itself Is Baptised!by Joseph Pearce

    I've just finished reading Abigail's beautiful and moving meditation on the ocean and its analogous connection to love. In the midst of the depths to which she plunges, she mentions Legolas' love for the sea, and this reminded me of Tolkien's own love for the Sea, expressed in Ainulindalë, the Creation myth in The Silmarillion:

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  • June 28th, 2012Making Homosexuality Compulsoryby Joseph Pearce

    Many years ago I remember my father telling me a joke. It was quite funny then but not so funny these days. If I remember, the joke went something like this: A man arrives at the American Embassy in London requesting permission to immigrate to the United States. The man at the Embassy asks him why he wants to leave England. Well, says the man, I was a little concerned when homosexual practice was legalized because it legitimized sodomy as an acceptable practice. Now we are being told that homosexuality is equal to heterosexuality. I'd like to get out of here before they make it compulsory!

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  • June 27th, 2012“How Do You Feel About the Ocean?”by Abigail C. Reimel

    “How do you feel about the ocean?” a friend of mine asked me abruptly while traveling home in the car.  After giving a somewhat vague response, I was asked to elaborate.  I then spoke of my love for the ocean, made a Tolkien reference, and ended by saying that I’ve grown up around it my whole life, so it means a great deal to me.

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  • June 27th, 2012Under Heavy Fire, Blankenhorn Abandons Shipby Paul Adams

    One of the positive aspects of David Blankenhorn’s reversal on same-sex marriage is the commentary it has elicited from defenders of marriage like Michael Cook of the dignitarian website MercatorNet and Maggie Gallagher, former chair of the National Organization for Marriage and co-author of an outstanding summary of the research on marriage, The Case for Marriage (2000).

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