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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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  • April 23rd, 2012St. George’s Dayby Sophia Mason

    When I started blogging, I chose St. George as the sort of unofficial patron (after Chesterton) of my blog; it is his picture that appears on the blog's main page.  It's the earlier, more dramatic of Raphael's two stabs (pardon the pun) at painting St. George and the Dragon.  The latter one, the one that more commonly shows up on postcards and people's walls, looks like this:

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  • April 22nd, 2012The Syntax of Relationshipsby Dena Hunt

    There are patterns in syntax that are like x-rays of perception. What we say, both aloud and silently, reveals us by revealing how we perceive reality. We are never so naked as when we open our mouths to speak. Only someone who is both illiterate and mute is truly anonymous. 

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  • April 21st, 2012Learning Lines and Drawing the Lineby Kevin O'Brien

    My actress Maria Romine tells me she's really only learned about Acting since working with me, that the four years she spent at a small private liberal arts college majoring in Acting were a "complete waste of time".

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  • April 21st, 2012Winter’s Tale to Fairy Taleby Kevin O'Brien

    It is generally a good idea for a drama critic to see a play before he critiques it.

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  • April 19th, 2012Roots and Rightsby Dena Hunt

    Recently, I visited the website of a well-publicized authority on a certain subject. The subject happened to be the theme of a novel I was finishing, and since she has publicized herself as an authority, I knew she could provide a referential assistance I needed. This person posted her email address on her site and invited the visitor to contact her. I did. No response.

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  • April 17th, 2012Britain’s Biggest Ever Traitorby Joseph Pearce

    I must draw everyone's attention to a superb piece in yesterday's Daily Telegraph by Ed West, who will be familiar to visitors to this site as one of our constellation of bloggers. Apart from writing for StAR, Ed also writes regularly for the Telegraph and the Catholic Herald in the UK. In this piece he names and shames the person whom he believes is an enemy of Britain whose destructive legacy dwarfs the harm done to Britain by her more famous enemies. Read on and discover whom Ed believes is Britain's biggest ever enemy and why, me judice, the same person is one of the most shameful traitors and cowards that my country ever produced. Here's the link: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/edwest/100151080/who-was-britains-greatest-foe/

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  • April 17th, 2012St. Cuthbert’s Coffinby Pavel Chichikov

    I came across this item today about the sale of an original seventh century gospel of St. John to the British Museum, in partnership with Durham University and Durham Cathedral. It was buried with Saint Cuthbert in about 698.

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  • April 17th, 2012Subjectivism and the Objectby Kevin O'Brien

    In the same way that our pop culture tells us, in movies and songs, that we should "believe", while quite carefully avoiding the thorny question of "believe what?", so those who are "pro choice" but claim they are not "pro abortion" tell us that a person can "choose" without choosing anything in particular.

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  • April 16th, 2012A True Education for Englandby Joseph Pearce

    I am excited by the prospect of a tradition oriented Catholic liberal arts college in England. Such a college, if its launch is successful, will serve as an oasis of truth in the midst of a secular fundamentalist desert. Here are the details.

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  • April 16th, 2012An Anglican Bishop Comes Homeby Joseph Pearce

     

    My good friend in Madrid, José Luis Orella, has just sent me the translation of an interview with an English Anglican bishop who has converted to the True Church. Here's the text of the translation.

     

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  • April 15th, 2012The Best Movie Ever Madeby Kevin O'Brien

    Forget about October Baby, even though I was raving about it. Forget about It's a Wonderful Life, or Gone with the Wind.

    The best movie ever made is without a doubt the new Three Stooges film.

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  • April 15th, 2012A Panorama of Futilityby Kevin O'Brien

    Below, Tom Kallene writes about God in the Sleepless Night, and all I can say is, I wish I could take such sleepless nights in stride as Tom apparently does.

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  • April 13th, 2012Religious Freedomby Dena Hunt

    Joseph’s post (Faith, Freedom, and the Future) included a link to a brief video directed at “cafeteria Catholics” about religious freedom. I saw the video just moments after reading two news items related to this topic. What they were doesn’t matter; I’m sure there were at least a dozen more. The number increases every day.

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  • April 13th, 2012God in the Sleepless Nightby Tom Kallene

    To my surprise, I have developed a sleeping disorder, a type of insomnia. I say “to my surprise” because there is no good reason why I shouldn’t sleep well. Never as an adult have I had so little to worry about, the usual explanation for such a thing. The last two years, in which I have slept progressively worse, have been full of blessings and a rewarding deepening of my spiritual life.

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  • April 12th, 2012Love and Boundariesby Kevin O'Brien

    To love is to be vulnerable.

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  • April 12th, 2012Faith, Freedom and the Futureby Joseph Pearce

    With Big Government secular fundamentalism threatening to strip Americans of their freedom to practice their Christian faith, this no-nonsense video hammers home the key issues on which Catholics and other Christians must vote in the coming election. Cafeteria Catholics should be warned of the eternal consequences of their complicity in the destruction of religious freedom; real Catholics who vote according to the teaching of the Church will be spurning the cafeteria in favour of the promised Heavenly Banquet.

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