Leading Historian Made the Analogy Between the Refugee Crisis and the Holocaust Long Before Pope Francis

There goes Pope Francis again, speaking off the record about news events off-the-cuff. He's compared the refugee crisis to the Holocaust. Yet another group is asking him to apologize for offending them. Why can't we keep religion out of current events and politics?  Why can't he just keep quiet? Why doesn't he stick to silent prayer, instead of talking?This time, as usual, it's because he appears to be right.When I said in my previous post that the Holocaust politics of history are alive … [Read More...]

Holocaust Remembrance Day: The Memory of the Holocaust Continues to Evolve

The great German philosopher is usually only known for the statement, made in Prisms, that the culture which produced Auschwitz lives on in postwar poetry (meant as a synecdoche for all art), which means we cannot write poetry. It's even more complex than that, but you should read it in full context, rather than only the lines: To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric. And this corrodes even the knowledge of why it has become impossible to write poetry today. Later on, Adorno, took a furth … [Read More...]

If You Hate Catholic SJW’s, Especially on Earth Day, Then You’ll Agree with This Thinker

Tomorrow, 22 April 2017, is Earth Day.Earth Day is a day when we stop and especially remember God's gift of the Earth to us, and remember what our stewardship for it entails.Social Justice Warriors, or SJW's as they are called for short, are using this day for getting their message out. There is no shortage of SJW's among Catholics, and to the chagrin of some, Pope Francis can be called an SJW.However, by most standards, the same can be said about John Paul II and Benedict XVI (make s … [Read More...]

How Did the Resurrection Historically Affect Reason?

Easter is over, but there are plenty reasons to reason out the resurrections relation to reason.The standard question is, "What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem--reason with revelation?" Lev Shestov's (friend of Edith Stein's teacher Husserl) Athens and Jerusalem is the most forceful presentation of the view that there's nothing uniting the two.But not even the Ante-Nicene Father Tertullian, held this position, even though it is frequently attributed to him. If you want to be comp … [Read More...]

Liberal Theologian’s Lenient Easter Sermon Makes a Mockery of Lent

Remember when Easter sermons used to demand discipline of us? Yeah, me neither.Pope Francis has encouraged preachers of the Church to be merciful above all as if there wasn't anything more to Christianity.Many say he's taken it overboard. Where is the clarity and discipline of a Benedict XVI and John Paul II? Will the Catholic Church go the way of mainline Protestantism as so many professional prognosticators are prophetically predicting?When I read sermons like the one below from a … [Read More...]

Why Yes, The Vatican Museums Are Actually Taking Donations of Blood Money

The blood shed on Good Friday today coagulates into the passivity of Holy Saturday.Western Civilization's fascination with blood goes down deep. We are surrounded by blood metaphors even behind our bloodless laptops, because the metaphor touches the source of our lives.For example, take Good Friday's Office of Readings from St. John Chrysostom: Now Christ has come, as the high priest of all the blessings which were to come. He has passed through the greater, the more perfect tent, which … [Read More...]

It’s a Good Friday to Leave Calypso’s Island

The specter of death haunts Western civilization at its roots like any other civilization. Greek and Roman popular religions saw death as ultimately defining what it means to be human. Mortality was so essential to being human for the ancients that Odysseus rejected the rare offer of immortality (essentially, to stop being human) by leaving Calypso's island to return to Penelope in Ithaca.This gesture is incomprehensible to us, because posthumanist aspirations to overcome death define our pos … [Read More...]

What is the History of the Coptic Christian Victims of the Egyptian Terrorist Bombings?

The rich diversity of rites has always been a hallmark of Christianity since long before Constantine. Constantine is frequently accused of homogenizing Christianity, but a book I translated, Socrates and Other Saints, proves the opposite is true. Constantine's approach to Christianity helped to secure the rich diversity of his adopted religion.Constantine's influence upon Christianity is also not as monolithic as we are frequently told. After all, there were plenty of other Christianities … [Read More...]

Syrian Catholic Bishops Unequivocally Condemn American Bombing of Syria

Americans bombing Syria. Wow, that escalated quickly.It all started earlier in the week with Trump scapegoating Obama for the chemical attacks in Syria: President Trump on Tuesday blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons in an attack that left dozens, including women and children, dead this week.In a written statement, Trump called the attack “heinous” but blamed it on the Obama administration's failure to impose conse … [Read More...]