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Another explanation of the Vatican II debacle

A correspondent forwards the following:


How religious is natural law?

In the Crisis piece mentioned in the previous entry, I suggested the relationship between the two was ambiguous. A blogger who wants to maintain a strong distinction between natural law and religion called me on it, so I had to develop my thoughts a little.


Rebuilding Christendom

I make the pitch for mild Catholic separatism in my current column at Catholic World Report.


The Return of Christendom

That’s the title of my latest column at Catholic World Report. It tells us that Christendom is always with us.


Where is all this leading?

My latest at Catholic World Report suggests that secular liberalism won’t have the staying power effectually to suppress Catholicism.


The Church as Archimedes' fulcrum

Here’s another piece at Crisis, this one about the necessity of the Church as an independent institution in an age of Gleichschaltung.


Smartening up

What are Catholics to do? (part III)

There’s some more of my hand-wringing on the topic over at Catholic World Report.


What Are Catholics To Do? (Part II)

I have more comments at Catholic World Report about what Catholics and other sensible people should do when natural law has been declared a hate crime.


What are Catholics to do?

That’s the title of my current column at Catholic World Report. Basically it says we have to drop out from a radically technocratic world.


The Church and the Constitution

My new column is up at Catholic World Report. Basically, it says that the American political order needs to adopt Catholicism as its ethos to restore what’s been good in it.


Should lesbian priests be allowed to marry each other?

I have a snappily-written piece up at Crisis Magazine that discusses “gay marriage,” “woman priests,” and (best of all) the New World Order.


Catholics and cultural assimilation

I have a piece up at the Crisis website on the topic. Not surprisingly, I say the culture should assimilate to Catholics rather than the reverse.


Turning the corner

My column for Catholic World Report, on the need to expand what can be talked about in public life, is now up.


Out of the wreckage

I have another piece on the Sixties up at Crisis Magazine. It orginally started with an epigraph from The Doctrine of the Mean by Confucius that got ditched because the site software couldn’t accommodate it:

“The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the empire, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge.”

The epigraph was the source of the “solid advice” I refer to about the middle of the piece.


The historical roots of 1960s radicalism

My latest piece at Crisis Magazine explains the Sixties as a stage of modernization (not necessarily a good thing).


An undemocratic future?

My latest column is now online at Catholic World Report under that title. It’s a review of After Tocqueville by Chilton Williamson.


The Church and Social Programs

That’s the title of my latest at Catholic World Report. For people in the thick of things it can look like enterprises like Obamacare would make a lot of things better, but the overall picture is more troubling.


The state and the sacred

Here’s another column at Catholic World Report, this one on the essential sacredness of the state. If you say “no, the state is simply practical” then some aspect of the simply practical will become sacred.


Looking back on the Sixties

I have a new piece up at Crisis on the illusion and reality of the Sixties. What people expected to be liberation and soaring horizons turned out to be the rise to power of a severely flawed ruling class.



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