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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.
October 12th, 2013Preview of the November/December Issueby Joseph PearceThe next issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printers. This issue takes a walk on the dark side, its theme being "Outside is the Night: The Wickedness and Snares of the Devil".Highlights:» Continue Reading
October 9th, 2013Homeward Boundby Joseph Pearce
After a gruelling week of lectures, talks and meetings I fly home from Chile today on an overnight flight. Apart from the twenty hours in the classroom teaching a course on Tolkien at the Universidad Gabriela Mistral, I have spoken to around 600 schoolchildren about The Hobbit and to a gathering of university professors and high school principals on "the quest for a true education".» Continue Reading
October 9th, 2013The Feminist Defence of Sexismby Joseph Pearce
Christine Odone has written an excellent condemnation of the way that feminists embrace sexism in the name of a woman´s right to kill babies:» Continue Reading
October 9th, 2013Political Convertsby Joseph Pearce
Further to my last post concerning recent correspondence with a British Nationalist who has been received into the Church, I thought I´d share this intriguing article by Ed West, an occasional congtributor to the Ink Desk, about the leader of the controversial English Defence League:» Continue Reading
October 9th, 2013Connecting with My Pastby Joseph Pearce
In the wake of the publication of my latest book, Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, I have been contacted by someone who is still involved in radical politics but who has recently been received into the Church. I thought that my reply to his e-mail, in which I outline my current political position, might be of interest to visitors to the Ink Desk:» Continue Reading
October 9th, 2013A Blessed Feast of Cardinal Newmanby Michael Lichens
Today is the feast of Bl. Newman, a man whose impact cannot be overstated. Obviously, many of us here at StAR can attest to Newman's impact on our own conversion, even if only indirectly through England's Second Spring.» Continue Reading
October 7th, 2013Epiphany Is a Rare Thingby Dena Hunt
Epiphanies are rare, thank goodness.
At least, they are for me, and I’m very glad of that. If I were one of those people who seem to live in a continual epiphanic state, I would worry about my health. Although our souls are formed in the divine image of God, our bodies—and therefore our sensations—are totally physical bits, very much the ordinary earth-stuff. Being suddenly filled with a bright light is much more likely to portend a retinal detachment than a celestial visit. But, barring stroke, or some sudden spasm amongst the synapses, it may be a real (metaphysical) epiphany. I suppose one way to know is to check and see how the experience left you.» Continue Reading
October 7th, 2013Kind Wordsby Dena Hunt
I met a sweet and funny lady named Erin Cupp (who knows all the jokes already about her name) on my trip to the Writers Conference in August. I knew she wrote a blog. Now I discover that she bought a copy of my novel Treason—she has posted a lovely review of it on her blog: http://erinmccolecupp.com/
Many thanks, Erin. Glad you liked it.» Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013Reactionaries and Relationshipsby Kevin O'Brien
Marcus Grodi has written a reflective post on Pope Francis and the need to convey Christ through a living relationship of love. My reflections on it follow ...» Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013Blank Checks vs. Reality Checksby Kevin O'Brien
You would think that if we really were able to get exactly what we wanted, we would be happy. But that is hardly the case. Precisely and exactly the opposite is the case.» Continue Reading
On Tuesday I posted about what I consider the primary symptom of life without God - Unreality.
October 4th, 2013The Catholic Heroes of Franceby Joseph Pearce
Jim Morlino, who will be known to many vistiors to the Ink Desk as the producer and director of the excellent film, The War of the Vendee, is now working on a hard-hitting docudrama about the Vendee War - shooting on location in France. He is aiming for a spring 2014 release.
Here's the trailer:» Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013A Postcard from Chileby Joseph Pearce
The reason for my somewhat protracted absence from the Ink Desk is a visit to Santiago in Chile where I´m teaching a course on Tolkien for the Universidad Gabriela Mistral (UGM).
I arrived here on Wednesday morning, following a gruelling 25-hour journey from South Carolina, via Newark NJ and Toronto, Canada. After the briefest of times to freshen up, I had lunch with two of the UGM professors who have become good friends over the years.» Continue Reading
October 4th, 2013Obama “hugely impressed” by Pope Francisby Colin Jory
The news of the moment is that President Obama has expressed unqualified delight at the performance of Pope Francis.» Continue Reading
September 30th, 2013The Dangers of Big Governmentby Joseph Pearce
It never ceases to amaze me how so many people have faith in politicians. History has shown repeatedly that politicians make a mess of things and that the bigger a government gets the worse it becomes. There is, for instance, little doubt that the United States would be a better, happier place were the Federal government to fade away, or at least become a mere shadow of its present self. This is not to say that no government is necessary. As a Catholic, and therefore a subsidiarist, I don't believe in no government but in small government. We need to devolve power away from the megalomaniacal monolith in Washington DC and restore power to state and local government. Power to the people means bringing power closer to the people.» Continue Reading
September 30th, 2013Holy Matrimonyby Joseph PearceBrendan King has sent me this charming film footage of the wedding of Princess Zita and Blessed Karl of Austria in 1911. It offers a glimpse of a world destined to be shattered by the bloody madness of the First World War.http://m.youtube.com/watch?safe=active&v=LbWd1vJ15HE&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DLbWd1vJ15HE%26safe%3Dactive» Continue Reading
September 30th, 2013Pornography as the Cultural Primer for Homosexual “Marriage”by Colin Jory
Kevin O’Brien’s St Austin Review post on the enormous influence ubiquitous pornography is having in eradicating any sensitivity to what sex is really for, and thus undermining opposition to homosexual “marriage”, is most insightful and important. Because of the internet, hard-core pornography is not merely readily available, but is almost unavoidable without particularly good internet filters. It subconsciously inculcates and cements in the mind – above all that of young males – the unquestioned assumption that anything that turns you on sexually is OK. The very idea that any variety of sexual act should be "privileged" by being regarded as alone proper has not only disappeared among a very large segment of the populace, but there is no brain-space left for it to re-lodge –all the space is occupied by porn images, jumbled together inextricably.» Continue Reading
September 29th, 2013The New Norm: A Generation Raised on Pornby Kevin O'Brien
WARNING: I get a bit graphic here, and it's an adult topic meant for some adult readers. I am writing about the biggest change in our culture since the pill, and I'm pulling no punches. This article is not for everybody.
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There is a New Norm, and we're not even seeing it. The New Norm is a generation raised on porn, and consequently showing symptoms of a kind of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). That sounds like a stretch, but read on ...
September 27th, 2013Voice of Bellocby Michael Lichens
I was speaking with some great fellow Chestertonians who, in the fine spirit of Distributism, had not discovered that one could hear Belloc's voice through the miracle of modern technology. So, here is Old Thunder singing a few of his songs/poems.» Continue Reading
September 27th, 2013More on Tolkien and the BBCby Joseph PearceHere's a note that I've just received from the BBC:Just a quick note to let you know the episode of Beyond Belief you contributed to will be transmitted on Radio 4 on Monday 30th September @ 16:30-17:00 BST.» Continue Reading
September 27th, 2013Hound of Heavenby Joseph Pearce
Three weeks ago I flew to Lexington, Kentucky, to film an interview for a new documentary about the Catholic poet, Francis Thompson, and his classic poem, "The Hound of Heaven". The trailer for this exciting new film has now been released. Here's the link:» Continue Reading