Straussophiles and Straussophobes Unite

. . . in loving this new issue (really, every issue) of PERSPECTIVES ON POLITICAL SCIENCE—America’s leading political and philosophical journal. There’s a symposium on WHAT IS POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY? (the book by Strauss, of course). It includes contributions by Rafe Major, Nasser . . . . Continue Reading »

The Failures of the Church

I’m like most. The latest wave of revelations about clerical sexual abuse demoralizes me. I’m not wavering in my conviction that the one true and apostolic communion of the saints subsists in the Catholic Church. I think of what St Paul says: “We have this treasure in earthen . . . . Continue Reading »

Bob Dylan is a Phony, Unlike Joni Mitchell

[Bob Dylan] is not authentic at all. He’s a plagiarist, and his name and voice are fake. Everything about Bob is a deception. We are like night and day, he and I. — Joni Mitchell , giving me a soundbite that I can use to stir up the FT Dylan Lovers Club. I find it fascinating that the . . . . Continue Reading »

A Catholic Murder in Latin America

The atmosphere of the reporting on the scandals, and the reaction to that reporting, has been much in my mind . So what am I to make of this? Over at the CNN website, there’s a sad news story about the murder of an American priest, Fr. Esteban Woods, in Venezuela. And though the story . . . . Continue Reading »

Together for the Icons?

At the biennial Reformed gathering known as Together for the Gospel, Dr. J. Ligon Duncan asked Did the Fathers Know the Gospel? (hat tip: Justin). Rev. Duncan’s answer was an emphatic Yes.  “These are our people,” he asserted, proceeding to cite, nay, perform stirring passages . . . . Continue Reading »

The Value of Catechism

Michael Ives maintains a blog called “West Port Experiment.” It caught my eye some time back because of the emphasis on parish ministry. The title of his blog comes from the work of Dr. Thomas Chalmers, who tried to implement a parish model of church ministry in one of the worst slums of . . . . Continue Reading »

Demographics and the Scandal

In addition to Ken Woodward’s fine piece on the reporting of the Church scandals, there comes Philip Jenkins’ fascinating relating of demographics to the reaction in Europe : Most evidence suggests that the Church will endure and even enjoy a historic boom—just not in places it has . . . . Continue Reading »