Castro

Pontifical Chic

In 2013, Pope Francis sonorously and rightly enjoined the bishops of the world: “Avoid the scandal of being ‘airport bishops’!”  An almost obsessive compulsion of some prelates to travel beyond their own dioceses evokes the absenteeism of the Middle Ages, when many bishops and abbots were seldom seen among their own people. The Pope travels [...]

Will Cuba Favor Same-Sex Marriage?

I was recently contacted by Ben Johnson of LifeSiteNews, who told me of a fascinating development. He informed me of a curious fan of President Obama’s advocacy of gay marriage: Mariela Castro, niece of ailing and aging Cuban tyrant, Fidel Castro, and daughter of current despot, Raul Castro. Ben knows that my area of research [...]

To Isolate and Marginalize: Obama takes Cue from Castro

Next week, Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in an effort to repair relations between the country and the Church. Perhaps he should pay a visit to the United States as well. As the Papal visit draws near, there is cautiously brimming hope that the Church will be able to make further strides in Cuba. [...]

Sense and Nonsense: The Tracts on Tyranny

During last spring's academic semester, I taught a course in Classical Political Thought. One of the texts we used in this course was Leo Strauss's On Tyranny, which is based on Xeneophon's Hiero. The classical treatments of tyranny, of course, are in Plato and Aristotle, but Xenephon is also of great value, especially in the [...]

Illusions and Realities: Castro the “Christian”, Castro the Cruel

Ernesto Cardenal, the priest admonished by the  Pope on the runway in Managua a few years ago, has written that Fidel Castro exhibits the qualities of a "Christian prophet." Astonishingly, some North American Christians believe this. In the Jesuit magazine America Andrew A. Reding has recently written of Castro: "Here is one of those very [...]

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