The silent swan song of Wojciech Jaruzelski

The silver Swan, who living had no Note, when Death approached, unlocked her silent throat. Leaning her breast against the reedy shore, thus sang her first and last, and sang no more: “Farewell, all joys! O Death, come close mine eyes! More Geese than Swans now live, more Fools than Wise.” Orlando Gibbons, “The Silver [Read More...]

AP sees the Catholic abuse scandal everywhere

The news of the election of Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan as president of the Polish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has me scratching my head and asking myself “What were they thinking?” I have nothing against Archbishop Gadecki. In fact I know little about the man. And after reading the story from the Associated Press you [Read More...]

Ghosts of Volhynia

L’Italia è fatta. Restano da fare gli italiani. … We have made Italy. Now we must make Italians. Massimo d’Azeglio, Memoirs (1867). When the Kingdom of Savoy created the modern Italian state in 1861, it also began the work of creating an Italian identity. Not since the fall of the Roman Empire had the whole peninsula [Read More...]

Master of my domain

… (T)he best persuaded of himself, so cramm’d, as he thinks, with excellencies that it is his grounds of faith that all that look on him love him. Twelfth Night, 2.3.150-152 (1623) The counterrevolution has begun. The press is pushing back against its critics over the Kermit Gosnell affair. Stung by the criticisms and the [Read More...]

Polish anti-Semitism and the press

A new film that premiered last week has resurrected moral questions that some Poles hoped had been settled long ago. The 20 Nov 2012 front page of the Warsaw daily Gazeta Wyborcza was dominated by the controversy surrounding the film Poklosie (Aftermath).  The headline reads  “Poklosie under attack“ — but the reaction of many Poles [Read More...]


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