April 22, 2016

I am no alarmist, but there is undeniably something post-Christian about our time and place (the West). Or, perhaps, the better way of putting it is that we are post-Christendom, thrust back into pre-Constantinian days in which to be a Christian is an act of protest, squared off against both the status quo and other philosophical sects bent on challenging the structure of society. As I have argued before, we have much in common with those in the past who… Read more

April 17, 2016

My last post, “Rigid Traditionalism is Idolatry,” has elicited quite the reaction, more so than I had expected. Thankfully, support has outweighed outrage, but anger has still reared its ugly head. Unfortunately, as a graduate student, I don’t have the time to bicker for hours on Twitter (I’m not sure anyone does), nor do I have the time to moderate and respond to every comment on the piece. And so, I’ve decided to write this brief note as a final… Read more

April 15, 2016

Let it not be said that this piece applies to all traditionalists in a Latin context. I have great respect for the Latin Mass and have many a friend who prefers it to the Novus Ordo. It is also not an endorsement of particular changes in pastoral approach. Its goal is to problematize and complicate our view of history so that a fruitful discussion might be had. I ask you to please read with this in mind. (Considering the response… Read more

April 11, 2016

As many a Catholic site repeats in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ rising political fortunes, the Church rejects socialism in its vainglorious quest to abolish private property and demolish all difference. One need only look to Rerum Novarum: The socialists, therefore, in setting aside the parent and setting up a State supervision, act against natural justice, and destroy the structure of the home. […] And in addition to injustice, it is only too evident what an upset and disturbance there… Read more

April 4, 2016

Christianity defines itself as a religion of peace, not insofar as the Messiah brought and brings no disruption, but insofar as violence is reserved for specifically delineated circumstances; it is not to be accepted easily, and only to be accepted after great prayer and fasting. We might remember that Mattathias, before he kills the Jew for apostasy, lifts his voice up in prayerful lamentation: Woe is me! Why was I born to see the ruin of my people, the ruin… Read more

April 2, 2016

Mother Angelica’s repose has been a cause for personal reflection; she constituted a part of the Catholic American experience on which I missed out, partly willfully, partly because of ignorance. Having not been raised Catholic, EWTN was not a part of my childhood. In fact, the one friend I had who did watch the channel (and it was on all the time at his house) eventually became an atheist (I don’t mean to imply that the two were related; I… Read more

April 1, 2016

As an undergrad I majored in English and minored in Medieval Studies at a relatively upscale liberal arts school, the College of the Holy Cross. My background is basically working class; neither of my parents has a four-year degree, and my grandparents were a janitor, an assembly-line worker, a machinist, and a home-cleaner. I am, to what seems a large segment of society, precisely the type of person who should not be pursuing a liberal arts degree. I am remiss,… Read more

March 26, 2016

Easter is upon us! A once-a-year festival, it reminds us of, and celebrates, Christ’s victory over death, the central tenet of Christian belief: He is risen! And yet, it is a more than annual feast. In fact, part of its true significance is embedded in a process most, if not all, Christians realize, but fail to recognize: that every Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection, that every week we are called to remember His glorious Resurrection. As Dorothy C…. Read more

March 26, 2016

God is dead! Such is the news of Good Friday as we contemplate the visceral core of Christian reality: the unjust sentencing, scourging, beating, mocking, cheating, and eventual death of God. Jesus, God who became man, is notorious for challenging our notion of “messiah” itself; the Jews expected a political or military leader, someone who would break the Roman yoke like Judas Maccabeus: The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand, while I make your enemies your footstool.”… Read more

March 21, 2016

Too often, we as a Church stand divided, divided by politics, ethnic background, and theological sympathies.  From the fractured (and fracturing) sphere of primary voting to the constant back and forth of papal support and criticism, we find ourselves breaking apart, tearing at the flesh of Christ’s body like the crown of thorns upon His head. Yet, this should be unacceptable to us; the Church is called to act in unity and love, letting go of prejudices and personal foibles… Read more

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