Responsio ad Herr Journalist Polemikerque Rod Dreher Louisianae

“Hail Muse! et cetera.” – George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, FRS “Yeah them my dogs, them my boys.” – Jeffrey Lamar Williams, Not FRS It is I, Herr Doktorand Chase William Jarid Michael Padusniak, son of Frank and Robyn, likewise grandson of Frances and Chester, Frank and Stephanie, etc. And I was once a [Read More…]

Ideas Don’t Have Consequences

The title is patently false; let’s get that out of the way. I’ve used it in order to riff on Richard Weaver’s famous Ideas Have Consequences, a book I read back in my days with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. It’s not a text I think about very often, but it’s one that—if Sam Rocha’s review [Read More…]

The Devil and the Details

When you tell a lie, you keep it as simple as possible (not, of course, that I’d ever lie). The reason is simple: the more you say, the more you could be challenged on; small inconsistencies begin to develop, and, before you know it, what had once seemed a cohesive story has fallen to pieces. [Read More…]

Christians, Muslims, and Jews, Oh My!

The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure [Read More…]

Against Consolation

From Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy to the myriad works on self-help today, consolation is taken to be, well, a good thing. When you don’t get sick, when a parent dies, when you get broken up with, you want someone to listen, or, as we often put it, merely to be there. Who could possibly say [Read More…]

The Little Things

There’s a song from a show from my youth, Hey Arnold, called “The Simple Things.” The premise is simple: happiness is predicated upon the tiny things that make life worth living, e.g. “French-fried onion rings.” This is a truism, of course, at least when it comes to secular life. But what about with regard to [Read More…]

Francis, My Pope

Francis is quite the case. In a world after Amoris Laetitia, after supposed near-schism, after port-a-potties, it’s hard to think of a Francis beyond controversy, or at least the one of days past: the one scrutinized for embracing the deformed, for housing the homeless—the man in white. But he lives on, and it is precisely [Read More…]

Will the Poor Always Be with Us?

It’s not uncommon, when you’re someone interested in “social justice,” to have this pericope thrown at you: Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil, and poured it on his head while he was reclining at [Read More…]

The First Are Always Last

Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last. (Matthew 20:16) A lot hinges on “will.” Here we have a future tense verb, an implication that, in some distant time, probably in Heaven, but maybe sooner, the first will get their comeuppance even as the last trot into their rightful place. Excuse [Read More…]

Catholicism is Struggle

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, etc. I have the pleasure of taking part in an ecumenical discussion group for Christian graduate students from universities across the United States. Several of us are Catholics, there’s an Anglican or two, some other Protestants—all in all a good mix. In particular, yesterday, we discussed the Catholic Reformation [Read More…]