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A New Catholic Literary Revivalby Joseph Pearce
Recent years have seen a significant increase in the quantity and quality of new Catholic fiction and poetry. This being so, it is gratifying to see that several new literature awards are being launched in response to this new Catholic literary revival. As Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College, I’m pleased to announce that we have initiated the Aquinas Award for Fiction, the first of which will be presented at a conference at Aquinas College in Nashville next autumn.
The Aquinas Award and several other awards are featured in this article, just published in the National Catholic Register:
Sex Sex Sex Sex Sex Sex Sex - oh, and Loveby Kevin O'Brien
Most modern people don't think highly enough of sex.
That sounds crazy, but let me explain.
One of my regular readers gets regularly mad at me when I make the analogy between adultery and "gay sex". Her point is that a sexual orientation is something you just can't help, and it defines who you are, and it has nothing to do with sin. She rejects the Catholic teaching that a homosexual orientation is intrinsically disordered and should be resisted with the virtue of chastity.
But, interestingly, when Facebook friend Mark S. Schmittle posted this comment ...
Great Talks by Ralph Wood on Lewis and Tolkienby Joseph Pearce
Last night I had the honour and pleasure to give a talk here in Nashville to members of the Catholic Medical Association on the theme of “Suffering, Addiction and Healing in The Lord of the Rings”. I was told that I was following in the footsteps of the wonderful and inestimable Ralph C. Wood who had spoken several months earlier on C. S. Lewis to the same group. During his visit he also spoke at Aquinas College on The Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately Dr. Wood’s visit preceded my own arrival at Aquinas College so we weren’t destined to meet on this occasion. The last time I met Professor Wood, whose work I greatly admire, was at the national Chesterton Conference in Reno, Nevada two years ago.
My disappointment at missing Dr. Wood’s talks was mitigated by the fact that all three of the talks that he gave during his visit to Nashville were videoed and have been uploaded to the Catholic Medical Association’s website. This being so, I thought I’d share them with visitors to the Ink Desk: