The Theory and Practice of Solidarity

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On Wednesday, November 13, Fr. Maciej Zieba, O.P., came to the New York office to give a talk on the theory and practice of solidarity. His reflections were grounded in his concrete experiences of life under communist rule. Moving through an analysis of the philosophy of solidarity, especially as . . . . Continue Reading »

Upcoming Events Roundup — 11.15.13

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New York Events: Forming the Artist Saturday, November 16 This third installment of the “The Art of the Beautiful” lecture series will be given by David Clayton, Artist-in-Residence and lecturer at Thomas More College. Thanks to the Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute for . . . . Continue Reading »

An Anti-Fracking Pope?

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A recent image of Pope Francis holding a T-shirt with the slogan “No al Fracking”—“No to Fracking”—has sparked varied response, including worries from Sarah Palin and praise from environmental groups . Reports from a meeting held on Monday between Francis and Argentine . . . . Continue Reading »

Events Roundup — 11.8.13

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New York City Events: Newman and His Family Thursday, November 14 Edward Short, author of Newman and His Family , will give a book signing and a talk at 6:30 at the Church of the Holy Family, 315 East 47th Street. Call (212) 419-5370 with questions. C.S. Lewis: In Memoriam Saturday, November 23 The . . . . Continue Reading »

Events Roundup

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Every week, First Things receives press releases about events that our readers might find of interest. In the past, we’ve uploaded individual posts about some of these events, but we’ve decided to consolidate this information into one post every Friday. So check back each Friday for . . . . Continue Reading »

The Grammar of Animals

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Conservative presidential speechwriter Matthew Scully recently published an article on the topic of animal cruelty: “ Pro-Life, Pro-Animal .” Scully draws a strong line between a culture which allows massive amounts of unnecessary animal suffering and a culture which turns a blind eye to . . . . Continue Reading »

The Responsibility of the Artist

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This Saturday, October 12, the Catholic Artists Society and the Thomistic Institute will host the Rev. Peter John Cameron, OP, for a lecture titled “The Responsibility of the Artist.” It will be the second installment in the series “The Art of the Beautiful,” and if the first . . . . Continue Reading »

Interpreting the Papacy

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It’s no secret that there have been bad popes. In today’s On the Square , Brantly Millegan warns against an extreme ultramontanism: A number of Catholic authors have endeavored to defend Pope Francis from criticism, particularly stemming from his recent interview. They have tried to . . . . Continue Reading »