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The Bizarre Conspiracy Theory That Might Be Driving Russia

One possibility behind recent Russian actions is a conspiracy theory so bizarre that few people outside Russia give it serious consideration. But nearly a third of the Russian population of the country reportedly gives it credence.

Putting the “Roman” Back in “Roman Catholic”

O, the glories of a classical education! I spent part of this past summer attempting to supplement my classical deficiencies (what I received in college was partial and patchy) by perusing Cicero's philosophical essays in English and plodding through parts of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy in the original Latin, dictionary in hand. In doing so, [...]

Monsters, Moralists, and Happiness

Here's a recent piece that asks the musical question, "Hitchcock: Monster or moralist?" In moments like that I most miss the common sense of G. K. Chesterton, who wrote: The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a [...]

For God and Queen: The Quandary of the English Catholic

  Britain's Royal Family is often -- no, make that always -- in the news. Its position in the public mind has utterly changed over the past four decades -- from something that held a real, and understood, place in the constitutional scheme of things into something more like a soap opera, and often described [...]

Remembering the Early Church

  Lately, I have been hearing a lot about how the primitive Church was not Roman Catholic. I don’t know why it is, but this information keeps bursting upon me in the most unlikely settings—a lunch party near the sand dunes, cocktails on the upper east side—where a kindly soul informs me between sips of [...]

Quodlibets: Ave (Maria) Atque Vale

In spring an old man's thoughts turn to apocalypse, of course, but in recent years he finds that many have been there before him. Indeed, for much of my adult life I have been hearing dire predictions of the imminent end of all we hold dear. There is even a kind of comfort to be [...]

Aggiornamento: An Historical Analysis

It is hard to deny that the Roman Catholic Church is in a period of decline almost everywhere — Africa being the major exception. Nuns, monks, and priests leave their vocation. Seminaries are depleted. Bishops and the clergy often seem more interested in social work, social justice, and questions of war and peace, than in [...]