Don’t Look to Secularism if You Want to Bathe in a Kinder, Gentler World

The problem of violence is an inherently human problem. It is unavoidable, because violence is part of the human condition. Even something as quotidian as eating food is based upon doing violence to plant and animal life.Some secularist ideologues claim to have solved the problem of violence by scapegoating religion. Their argument about the better angels of secularism is based upon the following premises:religion is violent if you get rid of religion then the world will become less … [Read More...]

Pokémon is Anti-Christian, but It’s Not Anti-Catholic

 The Pokémon phenomenon is inescapable.I might the only person who hasn't played the game in my workplace, however, most of my co-workers--Christian, atheist, and everything in between--are avid players. Not that I'm dead set against it. I have so many other commitments that I haven't had the time to launch the app, which is buried somewhere deep in the interface of my smart phone behind the Liturgy of the Hours, Flipboard, Twitter, and Feedly.Yet, my secondhand exposure is q … [Read More...]

Let Despair be Known as my Ebb-tide

Let despair be known as my ebb-tide; but let prayer have its springs, too, brimming, disarming him; discovering somewhere among his fissures deposits of mercy where trust may take root and grow. --R.S. Thomas "Tidal" in Mass for Hard Times (1992), also included in Collected Later Poems Today it's time to take stock of what wasn't week this weak.I'm surprised to find out that atheist Slavoj Zizek is drawing attention, but I suppose anyone who'd want to put Clinton supporters in hell is … [Read More...]

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing of Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils

I have reached a point of exhaustion with politics, just as any respectably abnormal person should.The fanaticism of true believers in the American political process is mind-boggling.Sometimes you wonder: Why troll, when those you troll are already come pre-trolled?For example, I recently encountered a wild-eyed defender of the Clinton Consensus who constantly rails against the Trump "brownshirts." The great irony is that this person's online profile is a picture of Dorothy Day. When … [Read More...]

TOP10 Books for Explaining Original Sin to Interested Nonbelievers

I am merely trying to say that there is a cultural danger inherent in any utopia of perfect reconciliation and--what is another facet of the same problems--that the concept of original sin gives us a penetrating insight into human destiny. --Leszek Kolakowski, Modernity on Endless TrialIn order to show what the doctrine of original sin might mean, it is necessary to return to first principles and examine the apostolic witness to try to identify the roots of what was later to develop into a … [Read More...]

Slavoj Žižek: There’s a Special Place in Hell for Clinton Consensus Supporters

I write about politics again not because I have any hopes (nor fears) about what the results of the 2016 election will bring; I write only because the language the Clinton Consensus is using has theological significance.The hell-language of the consensus tells an important story of changes in modernity that every believer should understand. They also conceal some very interesting things about the same.Followers of Clinton are using scare tactics (finger on nuke button, negotiating with Ir … [Read More...]

AP Poll of ISIS Members Proves Pope Right on Islam

The West's knowledge of Islam makes Christians say dumb things about ISIS; I would venture to say nowhere is this knowledge lower than among Catholics in depressingly irreligious France.Pope Francis, it turns out, is not French.The pope caught a lot of flack after WYD for saying we shouldn't talk about Islamic terrorists. The response was swift, ignorant, and predictably knee-jerk. Secularist France--not to be confused with its long but now mostly dead Catholic tradition--reacted with … [Read More...]

Last Eyewitness Explains What the Sacrifice of St. Maximilian Kolbe Means

Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and is nourished by giving. Without sacrifice there is no love. --St. Maximilian Kolbe This statement takes on its true meaning only when we think of it within the context of St. Kolbe giving up his life in Auschwitz. We frequently forget that Catholic priests were sent to concentration camps as one of the first groups to die there, long before the Jews of Europe. But we also frequently forget what St. Maximilian's sacrifice meant.About a … [Read More...]

Jeremiah Ought to be Put to Death

In those days, the princes said to the king: “Jeremiah ought to be put to death; he is demoralizing the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by speaking such things to them; he is not interested in the welfare of our people, but in their ruin.” King Zedekiah answered: “He is in your power”; for the king could do nothing with them. And so they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Prince Malchiah, which was in the quarters of the guard, letting him down with … [Read More...]

Cosmos: Weakened Edition 13

The Weakened Edition is an opportunity for me to see and appreciate what appeals to my readers. This is an especially useful tool when, like in the past three weeks, I haven't had much time to write. Full-time work and working on translating books has really taken a bit out of my writing time. When I do have time to write I'd like to concentrate upon writing things you might want to read.Before launching into the TOP10 most read posts of the week I'd like to mention a significant book that … [Read More...]