"The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine - but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity may be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight." ---Hilaire Belloc

  Fr. Rutler's Weekly Column July 22, 2018    Samuel Taylor Coleridge indulged his romantic naiveté in suggesting that culture should be governed by an educated elite, which he called a “clerisy.” The word had the same root as “cleric,” since the clergy had a pre-eminent role in erudition. Coleridge meant it to include all … Continue reading

Honor At Stake – A Book Recommendation

  I wish writers would let monsters be monsters. Unfortunately, for some time now, there has been a growing trend to humanize them. It bothers me to no end because instead of adding texture or layers of depth, it generally reduces the monsters to something less… well, monstrous. And so, it was with some hesitancy … Continue reading Honor At Stake – A Book Recommendation

Of Mice And Men And The Culture Of Death

"It is better to suffer wrong than to do wrong."   ---   Socrates   Below you'll find an excerpt from Anna Githens latest excellent article, written for Crisis Magazine, entitled Of Mice and Men Without Chests. At first glance one might surmise that the title of this article alludes to the characters in John Steinbeck’s classic. Truthfully, … Continue reading Of Mice And Men And The Culture Of Death

Speaking of Strong Female Characters…

“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord”. --- Luke 1:45   "Taking into account, as I have suggested before, all the circumstances—her origin, youth, sex, illiteracy, early environment, and the obstructing conditions under which she exploited her high gifts and made her conquests … Continue reading Speaking of Strong Female Characters…