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March 20th, 2014Death of a Living Martyrby Joseph Pearce
Martyrdom normally means being put to death for the Faith. Sometimes, however, the persecution faced by Catholics throughout the whole of their lives constitutes what might be termed a living martyrdom. Such was the living martyrdom of Bishop Fan, who has recently passed away, after a life of suffering at the hands of China's communist regime. Here's his obituary:» Continue Reading
March 19th, 2014Crimes Against the Humanitiesby Joseph Pearce
What do T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis, Evelyn Waugh and Hilaire Belloc have in common? Well, amongst other things, they warn us against the hollow men and the waste land of modernity. Read of their role in exposing the hollowness and waste of modernity in "Crimes Against the Humanities", my latest article for The Imaginative Conservative:» Continue Reading
March 19th, 2014Tolkien and Womenby Dena Hunt
Many years ago, at the height of my infatuation with Tolkien, I participated in a forum of discussion on things Tolkienian, but especially on the films, which had just been released.
All this sort of thing was new to me. I’d never been a “fan” of any kind before, and unaware at the time that I wasn’t really a “fan” of Tolkien as my fellow participants in the discussion could legitimately claim to be, I was surprised by remarks I perceived as profoundly superficial.» Continue Reading
March 19th, 201425 Years - In Thanksgivingby Joseph Pearce
On this day, the Feast of St. Joseph, twenty-five years ago, I was received into the Mystical Body of Christ. Thus today I celebrate a quarter of a century as a Catholic.» Continue Reading
March 19th, 2014Back to Barchesterby Daniel J. Heisey
Last night I dreamt I went back to Barchester. In the moonlight beneath the towers of the cathedral I was aware that the old bishop lay dying. As the old man slowly sighed away, gently leaving this life just as, to use Cicero’s comparison, a ripe fruit falls from the tree, his son sought to influence the Prime Minister regarding the appointment of the next bishop.» Continue Reading
March 18th, 2014The Rules of Engagementby Kevin O'Brien» Continue Reading
March 17th, 2014Our Father Who Art ... Here!by Kevin O'Brien
Just today I wrote Tolkien, Sex and the Central Challenge of the Church - which is about JRR Tolkien's view of the dangers of sex. Just two days ago I wrote Our Father Who Art ... Where?, which is about the absence of fathers and fathering both in our culture and in the Church.» Continue Reading
It strikes me that today's Tolkien piece is an exact illustration of why I wrote the Missing Father piece.
March 17th, 2014Tolkien, Sex and the Central Challenge of the Churchby Kevin O'Brien
Elsewhere at the Ink Desk, Josseph Pearce has linked to this article - From Father to Son: JRR Tolkien on Sex.» Continue Reading
It's fascinating stuff. Here's a sample (my emphasis) ...
March 17th, 2014But Where’s St. Patrick?by Joseph Pearce
I have much to celebrate on St. Patrick's Day. It is my son's birthday. He's twelve today. It's also my mother's birthday. She would have been 75 today. Sadly she passed away five years ago. We also have enough Irish in our family to make it special. My maternal grandmother hailed from County Galway and my mother-in-law is from County Tyrone. As I write, we have life-size leprechauns adorning our home and shamrocks plastered all over the place - to say nothing of the host of green balloons.
In our home, at least, we will not only celebrate Ireland and Irishness but also the great patron saint of that most enigmatic of Isles. It is, first and foremost, his day. With this in mind, I was intrigued by this article about the exclusion of St. Paddy from Paddy's Day in today's International Business Times:» Continue Reading
March 17th, 2014Racing with the Devil, Looking at the Starsby Joseph Pearce
Here's a review of my book, Race with the Devil, and an interview that I gave about the power of beauty in my own conversion, both published in North Texas Catholic:» Continue Reading
March 16th, 2014For Catholic Writers (and others)by Dena Hunt
Not too very long ago, Joseph posted a link to the First Things website and an article by Dana Gioia, “The Catholic Writer.” I followed the link and found the article substantial, comprehensive, and actually quite definitive of the peculiar situation, and the cultural context of that situation in which today’s Catholic writers find themselves. Authoritative prognosis and prescription are included. Consequently, I made a follow-up post on the subject. Now, Wiseblood Books, a new, young, Catholic publishing company, has published the essay in its entirety in a booklet form. (Apparently, we were not the only ones impressed by the essay.) For both writers and readers, and anyone else who may be interested, the paperbound 33-page booklet is available for a mere $5 from Wiseblood Books. For all those who complain, lament, bemoan, or just regret, it should be required reading.» Continue Reading
March 16th, 2014Our Father Who Art ... Where?by Kevin O'Brien
Mindy (not her real name) was one of my actresses. She turned 30 and panicked. She paid thousands of dollars to a dating service and began hyper-dating, a lunch date and a dinner date every day with a different guy for several weeks straight.» Continue Reading
Finally she settled on a guy who proposed to her. Disaster was written all over the relationship. He was strange and very controlling of her. She invited me to her wedding.
I wrote her and told her that I could not come to her wedding because I did not think she was making a wise choice in marrying this guy.
March 14th, 2014Kissinger on the Ukraineby Joseph Pearce
As a follow-up to my article published in yesterday's International Business Times and subsequently posted here on the Ink Desk, I'd like to draw attention to an excellent analysis of the Ukraine Crisis by Henry Kissinger. I have not admired everything Kissinger has done and said over the years but his analysis of the situation in Russia and the Ukraine is full of the sort of crucial details and salient principles that have been all so obviously absent in most other media coverage.» Continue Reading
March 14th, 2014Putin and Solzhenitsynby Joseph Pearce
At the risk of being controversial and no doubt unpopular in some so-called "conservative" circles, I've written an article for the International Business Times entitled "Russian Revelations: Putting Putin in Perspective":» Continue Reading
March 14th, 2014Tolkien on Sexby Joseph Pearce
Here's an insightful article by Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentcuky, on Tolkien's view of sex and sexuality.» Continue Reading
March 10th, 2014Folk Art, Pop Art and Mid-Western Wineby Kevin O'Brien
I've just come back from a rather remarkable tour in which I became the only person on Earth to see the Walter Cronkite Memorial, the Jolly Green Giant Statue, Three Stooges Totem Pole Yard Art, and the Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk on one trip.» Continue Reading
And here's my photo essay to prove it. National Geographic, eat your heart out.
March 10th, 2014High School Summer Program on the Catholic Writerby Joseph Pearce
I will be teaching a week-long course this summer at Thomas More College on the Catholic Writer. If you know of any high school students who would like to sign up for the course, please direct them to the following websites:» Continue Reading
March 10th, 2014Lessons from Solzhenitsynby Joseph Pearce
Here's a good article on Solzhenitsyn's towering legacy in the Imaginative Conservative:» Continue Reading
March 10th, 2014Distributism versus Economic Liberalismby Joseph Pearce
I've just responded to a correspondent who was enquiring about the best distributist texts to recommend to his students. He also asked for a good distribitust critique of economic liberalism. Here's my response.» Continue Reading
March 10th, 2014Guillotine, Gulag & Gas Chamberby Joseph PearceMy latest article for the Imaginative Conservative focuses on the glorious gifts that atheism has bestowed on humanity:http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2014/03/guillotine-gulag-gas-chamber-glorious-gifts-atheism-and-war-humanity.html#more-43368» Continue Reading