WM: 1.04.06 The Chronicle of…

The Chronicle of Higher Education, being the trade journal of higher education, is one of those publications one reads, not because one wants to, but because one he has to. It is, in its own way, a faithful register of all that is trendy and profitable in the field, and an influential arbiter of . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 1.03.05 I’m not sure…

I’m not sure we’re giving Jeffrey Hart his due. The book chapter he published in the Wall Street Journal , in which he advised conservatives to surrender to the irreversible fact of Roe v. Wade , has received a number of powerful corrections on the blog of the New Criterion , together . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN 1.02.06 In a December…

In a December 30 posting in this space, I commented on some intemperate and inaccurate remarks by Jeffrey Hart of Dartmouth. Referring to the F IRST T HINGS symposium, “The End of Democracy?”, he described me as a “Jacobinical priest” and “easy chair . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN 12.31.05 One more word…

One more word on that long searched-for Chesterton quote. And since Dale Ahlquist is, after all, the president of the American Chesterton Society, perhaps this can be the last word. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with a find that has eluded so many others. Mr. Ahlquist writes: Dear Fr. . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN 12.30.05 Jeffrey Hart of…

Jeffrey Hart of Dartmouth, assuming the mantle of Edmund Burke, had an essay in the Wall Street Journal opining on the meaning of conservatism today. Along the way, he declared that the unlimited abortion license established by Roe accords with the social “actuality” of modern life and . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN 12.29.05 At the 7:45am…

At the 7:45am Mass this morning (the fifth day of Christmas, by the way), a parishioner said she was resigned to spending most of the day at Macy’s trying to return a sweater three sizes too small. Such is the madding crowd. In the course of discussing the recent “Christmas war” . . . . Continue Reading »

JB 12.28.05 Can I register a…

Can I register a complaint here about the increasing use of “theocon” to describe all politically conservative religious people? Andrew Sullivan has been pushing the word for some while now: Richard John Neuhaus is officially the ” theocon-in-chief ,” which I reckon trumps . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 12.27.05 The third day…

The third day of Christmas and my true love sent to me . . . As it happens, I didn’t get anything. Except the posting below by Michael Novak, which I commend to your attention. This is also the day of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist. My parish in Brooklyn was St. John the Evangelist, which . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 12.27.05 As I remember…

As I remember, the 1960 movie version of Inherit the Wind ended with Spencer Tracy (as the Clarence Darrow figure) packing together in his briefcase the Bible and a copy of Origin of Species . From the moment H.L. Mencken made himself the star of American journalism—by covering the circus . . . . Continue Reading »