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Marriage Is Not a Water Fountain

Some proponents of homosexual pseudogamy now assert that argument is no longer necessary. We do not argue with segregationists, they say. We ignore them, we scorn them. They are not worth our time. They are mad or wicked. So too is the courageous Ryan Anderson, who says that marriage by nature requires a man and [...]

The Lord of the World

In 2001, St. Augustine's Press published a new edition of Robert Hugh Benson's 1907 novel, The Lord of the World. A friend of mine in Vermont recently urged me to read it, and I did. Ralph McInerny, in a brief introduction, writes: "The novel wonderfully conveys the flatness and boredom of a world without God. [...]

The Great Lie: Pope Benedict XVI On Socialism

One doesn't usually expect a thorough-going reconstruction of the history of socialism in the late 19th century from the pope, but Benedict XVI delivered to us a wonderful--and oh-so-needed--reminder of what socialism was (and is), and why it went wrong. One can't but marvel at his intellectual power: He has discerned the essential problem that [...]

The Wrong Road to Cultural Revolution

The title of the sophomoric 1,518-page manifesto is “2083 -- A European Declaration of Independence," and its author, Anders Behring Breivik, is the self-confessed murderer of 93 people by current count. Nothing can justify his Breivik's cold-blooded brutality, but the concerns that motivated him are both perfectly understandable and shared by many of us. Only [...]

What Is ‘Roman Catholic Political Philosophy’?

A course in "Roman Catholic Political Philosophy" is rarely found in any academic institution, including those sponsored by the Church. We do find courses titled "Religion and Politics," "Social Doctrine of the Church," or "Church and State" -- but "Roman Catholic Political Philosophy" is something different. Going back to Plato, it is common to find [...]

Graduation 2009

To say that a 21- or 22-year-old has "completed" his education seems odd. Several years ago, my brother and his wife invited some guests over. One mistakenly asked me, in my brother's hearing, about my "background." I explained that I graduated from high school in 1945, spent a semester at Santa Clara, then a year [...]

Christmas in Britain

Recently my eye was caught by a news item announcing that teenagers are to be handed "morning after" abortive pills over the Christmas season as they attend clubs and parties. Meanwhile, a firing of muskets in a Christmas tree ceremony in a country town has been banned because people might be frightened by the noise.  [...]

Justice and Eternal Life

Habitually, I call justice the most terrible of the virtues. It is a virtue; we are to render to another what is due. But by itself, even though rendering justice is an honorable act, it is cold and impersonal. This is why Aristotle always held that friendship was more important than justice. Friendship went beyond [...]

Peace Research

In Plato's Republic, soldiers are called "watchdogs." The military guardians are necessary either to protect one's city from greedy neighbors or, if the city is itself undisciplined, to assist in conquering the land or goods that are wanted or needed. The watchdog is seen to be someone who attacks an enemy but who is friendly [...]

The Roots of Terrorism and the Source of Freedom

  In Raymond Arroyo's fascinating EWTN interview with President George W. Bush before Pope Benedict XVI's visit, President Bush said some very revealing things about how he views the sources of terrorism and, in general, the world. In two instances, his basically sound instincts led him awry. Both involve issues central to the country's security, [...]

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