John Zmirak

The Sexual Revolution Turns Ugly

How many intellectuals have come to the revolutionary party via the path of moral indignation, only to connive ultimately at terror and autocracy? ∼ Raymond Aron The Sexual Revolution is now out of control. Initially promising freedom, like all revolutions, it has entered something like its Reign of Terror phase and is devouring its own children. As with [...]

The Profoundly Politically Incorrect John Zmirak

John Zmirak makes all the right heads explode. For that alone, we should be grateful. John caused quite an Internet kerfuffle a few years ago with a column called Illiberal Catholicism where he identified and took apart a tendency he spotted among young Catholics who were trending toward a hatred of America, a belief now [...]

The Escriva Option: An Alternative to St. Benedict

Nostalgia lurks always in the near corners of the human imagination. It often takes very little to bring it to life; a sunny day, the wind blowing the grass, a taste of food, a smell, a picture. They all bring us back to sweet and sweeter times, childhood, courting, weddings, childbirth. These are all nostalgic [...]

The Latest Debate Over Catholic Social Thought

Pope Francis' statements about economics (and related questions, such as environmentalism and "fracking") have caused much consternation among conservative Catholics in the United States. The Holy Father's comments on the "greed" of capitalism and his seeming belief that capitalism causes income inequality rather than providing explosive growth and increased prosperity historically seem without nuance at [...]

Why Dawson Opposed Our Bourgeois Mind

 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Mt 6:24). This Gospel passage provides us with proper framework to evaluate Christopher Dawson’s controversial essay, “Catholicism and the Bourgeois [...]

A Roller Coaster Ride Through the Catechism

I fear that John Zmirak’s The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism will be a failure. This is not because the book is bad, but because it is too good. Too good, for the dull religious reader. The problem is that Zmirak has done the unthinkable and made theology fun. Not only has he made [...]

The Rise of Latin Mass Youth

Liberal bishops dismissed Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic constitution authorizing wider use of the traditional Latin mass, as a bone thrown to over-the-hill conservatives. But Pope Benedict XVI probably wrote it more for the young than the old. One of the points he stressed in his letter accompanying Summorum Pontificum was that "what earlier [...]

Is America Just a Protestant Botch?

  This essay is part of today's symposium of lay Catholic opinion on immigration. For other contributions see this piece by Mark and Louise Zwick, this one by John Zmirak, and this news report from Zenit. For Deal Hudson's view, see this article in The American Spectator. In the nineteenth century, German Catholics came to [...]

Gingrich Shows ‘Compassion’ for Illegal Aliens He Helped Stay Rooted in U.S.

  The mainstream news media is filled with awe that Newt Gingrich showed some "compassion" for illegal aliens in the recent GOP presidential debate. A look at his record while in Congress shows this is nothing new. In fact, Gingrich's leadership in Congress is one of the reasons we have so many illegal aliens today [...]

Seven Deadly Sins, and Those Who Love Them: A Conversation with John Zmirak

There is only one John Zmirak. A prolific author, popular literature professor, gadfly critic of culture and politics, and out-and-proud beagle enthusiast, John leaves an impression. And gives a memorable interview. He spoke with Brian Saint-Paul about his latest book, The Bad Catholic's Guide to the Seven Deadly Sins. ♦          ♦     [...]

We apologize for the down-time!

As you may have noticed, InsideCatholic was down most of the day today. Our Web host company had a power disruption at its facility last night, and the event took out our site and many others.  We're back up now (obviously), but apologize for the inconvenience. Since we didn't get the chance to feature David [...]

‘The Mass is not a flag’

Our good friend Tom Hoopes of the National Catholic Register enjoyed John Zmirak's column on the Traditional Latin Mass from a couple of weeks back, calling it "hilarious, copiously linked to supporting material, clever"...and also wrong. John argued that, while the form of the Mass itself may be composed of changeable externals, "Inessential things have [...]

If You Must Drive Drunk, Please Wear a Seatbelt

  And try not to speed, okay? That's all I'm saying here, people. If I could have your attention, please -- yes, that includes you two in the back. You there! Sit up, take off those caps, button your shirts, and place your hands on your desks. Keep them there until I'm finished. Or do [...]

My Non-Binding Resolutions for the New Year

  I'm not a libertarian, but I play one on the PC. As I've written before (blatant plugs for other rants I've written on this subject follow here and here), there's nothing wrong with the State using its power to foster the Common Good, when the dignity of individuals is respected and the Common Good [...]

Dostoyevsky on Steroids

The Grand Inquisitor John Zmirak, illustrated by Carla Millar, Crossroad, $19.95, 76 pages A graphic novel is a comic book on steroids: It's bigger, fiercer, and capable of heavy lifting. What could be a heavier topic than a conspiracy to destroy Christ's Church from within? That's the theme of John Zmirak's latest, The Grand Inquisitor. [...]

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