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November 25th, 2013A Solzhenitsyn Movieby Joseph Pearce
James Bemis, who writes the regular movie column for the St. Austin Review, has informed me of plans for a new film on the life of Solzhenitsyn.» Continue Reading
November 25th, 2013Solzhenitsyn in Englishby Joseph PearceI'm very excited to learn of new translations of the works of the great Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Here's the latest news from Daniel J. Mahoney, arguably the foremost expert on Solzhenitsyn in the English-speaking world.» Continue Reading
November 25th, 2013Dancing with Devilsby Kevin O'Brien
The title of this post is from a phrase Sean Dailey used, when commenting on my troubles with Facebook ...
You should have seen some of the hate leveled at Bishop Paprocki last week in some Facebook comboxes. I refused to join in. It would have merely been dancing with devils.» Continue Reading
November 25th, 2013Writing for the Imaginative Conservativeby Joseph PearceIt's been a busy week for me in terms of writing articles for journals other than the St. Austin Review. Last week I wrote articles on the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death for Catholic World Report and the National Catholic Register. I also wrote an article on cultural apologetics and the evangelizing power of beauty for theImaginative Conservative. Today, I'm going to write the editorial for the next issue of the St. Austin Review, which will be on the theme of "The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome".Here's the link to the article in the Imaginative Conservative on the Good, the True and the Beautiful:http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2013/11/name-true-good-beautiful-cultural-apologetics-evangelizing-power-beauty.html» Continue Reading
November 25th, 2013Europe: Which Fascism Is In Fashion?by Kirk Kilpatrick
In a recent Aleteia piece titled “Is an Old Specter Haunting Europe?”, Mark Gordon writes about signs of a fascist revival in Europe. I would like to take issue with him. Not that fascism isn’t on the increase in Europe. It is. It’s just that Gordon’s list of fascist groups fails to mention what is by far the largest fascist movement in Europe— namely, radical Islam.» Continue Reading
November 25th, 2013On a High Noteby Joseph PearceI don't watch TV, having been slimed too often by the toxic effluence that pours forth from the sewers of secular media. Occasionally, however, I am sent an example of something edifying that is worth sharing. This example of a nine-year-old singing Puccini on Dutch television is a case in point:
November 25th, 2013Observationsby Kevin O'Brien
- There are certain people who will treat you with contempt no matter what you do, no matter what you offer them in the way of graciousness or good will. It is a mistake to think that by offering kindness and forgiveness we will get similar treatment back in return. We should offer without thought of return, and without bitterness when our graciousness is spurned - though that requires a kind of heroic virtue.
Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind even to ungrateful and evil people. (Luke 6:35)» Continue Reading
November 25th, 2013Evil at Workby Kevin O'Brien
You want to get attacked by the forces of darkness and irrationality?Make observations about nature - particularly human nature, particularly virtue as it relates to human nature, particularly to the obvious difference between the sexes. Let a secular audience on Facebook find out that you actually believe that men and women are different, and you'll simply be crucified. My blog readers will ignore such an observation; normal people from the outside world will quite literally want to kill me for it.» Continue Reading
November 23rd, 2013The Hobbit: What Next Month’s Movie Won’t Tell Youby Joseph Pearce
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November 23rd, 2013Is JFK in Hell?by Joseph Pearce
My article on JFK and C. S. Lewis has just been published by the National Catholic Register (see the link below). I was both amused and bemused by one of the comments which accused me of believing JFK to be in Hell when my article states explicitly that it's not for any of us to usurp the final judgment of God on deceased souls (Dante's poetic license notwithstanding). I am reminded of Chesterton's complaint that it didn't matter how much he made the point of a story stick out like a spike, the critics would still carefully impale themselves on something else!» Continue Reading
November 22nd, 2013The Hobbit and EWTNby Kevin O'Brien
Joseph Pearce writes ...
I'm at EWTN at the moment and had a sneak preview of the forthcoming Hobbit special on which we worked. It's truly superb and you are as wonderful as ever! It's being aired on December 5th.
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Can't wait to see it!
November 22nd, 2013C. S. Lewis and Pope Benedictby Joseph Pearce
I'm currently at EWTN in Alabama where I've been filming various shows. I was also given a sneak preview of the hour-long Hobbit Special, which will be aired on December 5th. The folks at EWTN have done a great job with the editing. Jef Murray's art and Kevin O'Brien's acting are superb. It's an honour and a privilege to work with so many gifted people who are on fire with a love for Christ and Middle-earth.» Continue Reading
November 20th, 2013Shakespeare - Private Papistby Kevin O'Brien
Blog reader Rob Crisell, who is affiliated with Shakespeare in the Vines in California, sent along something I have never seen before - an icon of William Shakespeare. I imagine it's the only one that exists. The Latin phrase means Private Papist, a reference to the fact that Will was a secret Catholic at a time that this was against the law in England. As you can see it's very well done. The artist (or "writer" in iconography terms) isNicholas Ivins.» Continue Reading
November 20th, 2013To Judge or Not to Judgeby Dena Hunt
Our Lord told us that we would be judged by the same judgment we make. He also said we shouldn’t judge (at all), lest we be judged ourselves. But then again, he admonished us repeatedly to repent. How can we repent, lest we be convicted, and how can we be convicted, lest we judge? The Church counsels us to make a daily examination of conscience, but to what end, if we are not to judge? And how can we confess our sins, unless we know our sins? All the confusion in such apparent contradiction lies in language. Translations can’t keep pace with evolving semantic nuances. That’s one reason that reading is never mere passive reception of someone’s monologue, but always active, and always a dialogue, even—or perhaps especially—when we’re reading Holy Scripture.» Continue Reading
November 20th, 2013Love and Truth, Beauty and the Beast, Hamlet and the Rest of Lifeby Kevin O'Brien
Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss. (Ps. 85:10)
The meeting of love and truth is truly divine. Sometimes this is translated "Mercy and truth will meet" or "Love and Fidelity will meet". Either way, the point is that loving kindness can overcome the ugly truth, and faithfully so.» Continue Reading
November 20th, 2013C. S. Lewis and Catholic Convertsby Joseph Pearce
The new edition of my book, C. S. Lewis & the Catholic Church, published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's death this Friday, is hot off the press today. I have not yet received my own copies but I've heard from the publisher that the book has now arrived from the printer.» Continue Reading
November 19th, 2013Rise of the Fellowshipby Joseph Pearce
Back in August 2011, I posted to the Ink Desk the trailer to a Lord of the Ringsesque indie film, "The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers". The film has since been renamed "Rise of the Fellowship," and will be released on DVD and streaming video on December 3, just before the release of the next Hobbit film. For more details check out the site: http://riseofthefellowshipmovie.mymiddleearth.com/.» Continue Reading
November 19th, 2013C.S. Lewis at the Thresholdby Kevin O'Brien
OK, this will offend some of you, but please understand, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis, that while he was the first writer who opened the door of the Faith to me, and not to begrudge him in any way, still something needs to be said. I wrote to a friend of mine, whose admiration for Lewis knows no bounds ...» Continue Reading
November 19th, 2013Hamlet’s Shadow on One Man’s Lifeby Joseph Pearce
Here is a previously unpublished review by Paula Gallagher of a book which interweaves autobiography with arguably Shakespeare's finest play.» Continue Reading
November 18th, 2013Tolkien and Lewis on TVby Joseph Pearce
Here are some dates for the calendar of all lovers of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.» Continue Reading