Can You Disagree with the Pope?

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My latest article for CRUX rounds up opinions about the Pope’s encyclical. Some say –”Meh. Disregard it.” Others say, “It is almost infallible! Everyone must submit!” My own attitude to Laudato Si’ is one of critical enthusiasm. I think the pope could have used a good editor. The encyclical is verbose and often vague. I share William [Read More...]

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Pope Francis Should Back Birth Control?

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I can’t resist G.K.Chesterton’s quip: “Birth control? No birth. No control” Writing here at the National Catholic Reporter, Jamie Manson argues that Pope Francis should have lifted the birth control ban in his recent encyclical. Manson uses the usual over population scare tactics that we’ve seen in the famous 1968 shock horror “non fiction” work The [Read More...]

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Send a Monk to Norcia

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Beneath the monastic church in Norcia is the crypt which marks the site of the birthplace of St Benedict and Scholastica. Justin Leedy is the aspirant monk who would like to join the young community who are resurrecting Benedictine life at the birthplace of St Benedict in Norcia, Italy. During my visit to Italy I [Read More...]

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How to Be a Happy Conservative

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Too often conservatives are portrayed as miserable curmudgeons, parsimonious prudes and paranoid puritans. My latest article for Intercollegiate Review explains how a conservative worldview can make you happy. Being conservative helps us attain all four levels of happiness. A basic conservative principle is self-reliance. At the animal level, happiness is enhanced if the person earns his [Read More...]

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Pope Francis, Ents and Inklings

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Fr Barron has an excellent article reproduced below which picks up the main teaching theme of Pope Francis’ encyclical. He traces the philosophical roots and traces the same themes in the work of J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis. I might add that the pope’s fellow Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins also laments the smudge and soil man’s industrial [Read More...]

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Gay Marriage: A Simple Solution

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Everybody should see the storm clouds on the horizon. The re-definition of marriage is gathering pace not only in the USA but around the world. Same sex marriage is going to happen whether we like it or not. Those who are in favor of same sex marriage will continue to push for what they perceive [Read More...]

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