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Mandeville, LA – “What could show greater obedience than that we should follow Christ’s example, Who, being found in fashion as a man, humbled Himself and became obedient even unto death?  Accordingly He has freed all through His obedience. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall...
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Mandeville, LA – The beginnings of Western culture are to be found in the new spiritual community which arose from the ruins of the Roman Empire owing to the conversion of the Northern barbarians to the Christian faith. The Christian Church inherited the traditions of the Empire. It came to the barbarians as the bearer of...
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Mandeville, LA – “I am well aware that in these days Hero-worship, the thing I call Hero-worship, professes to have gone out, and finally ceased. This, for reasons which it will be worth while some time to inquire into, is an age that as it were denies the existence of great men; denies the desirableness...
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Mandeville, LA – So let it be. Ireland has chosen between life and death. Death it shall have. The fallacy that a liberal abortion regime solves anything will soon become apparent to Irish citizens. The mother’s pain and suffering from abortion shall still remain. The shame and trauma of having delivered an aborted child are not...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: Jordan Peterson has done some yeoman’s work in the trenches of cultural correctness yet there is a nagging lack of The Thing in his presentations that has prevented me from becoming what my friend Debbie Schlussel describes as a “fan-boy”. Gary Potter put this suspicion of mine into words and...
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Mandeville, LA – The theory of democracy is, Construct your government and commit it to the people to be taken care of. Democracy is not properly a government; but what is called the government is a huge machine contrived to be wielded by the people as they shall think proper. In relation to it the people...
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Mandeville, LA – “Mélanie, what I am about to tell you now will not always be a secret. You may make it public in 1858. The priests, ministers of my Son, the priests, by their wicked lives, by their irreverence and their impiety in the celebration of the holy mysteries, by their love of money, their...
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Mandeville, LA – Joseph Pearce takes issue with George Weigel over the course of ‘Murican Catholics in being “in the world” and not “of the world.” The point of disagreement, if indeed it is a disagreement, comes in what Mr. Weigel says next. “The answer to that cultural crisis cannot be a retreat into auto-constructed...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: I was searching for the source of my oft repeated phrase “something is either religious or it is irreligious” and stumbled upon the writings of a 17th century French monk named Brother Lawrence who was, wait for it, a discalced Carmelite dishwasher. The following is taken from his collected letters....
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s Note: Fr. Pokorsky hits upon themes I’ve covered hundreds of times in the last 7-8 years especially the mentality of Catholic men as sheep; blithely going along with the zeitgeist so as to keep the Netflix subscription and the 3 week family vacation well funded certainties while the fate of the...
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Mandeville, LA – All societies, in all times, have lived by dogmas. When dogmas are abandoned, the social bonds dissolve—swiftly or slowly; and the “open” society ceases to be a society at all, giving way to a new order. The need is not for emancipating the young from fixed convictions, but rather for reminding them that...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: On the feast of Saint Joseph, the earthly foster-father of Our Lord, we should remember and honor the man that taught Jesus his vocation and his public manners. Brother André Marie’s narrative of this is insightful. – Editor, M.C.] “But genes are not all that goes into a child. Whether...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: The following is taken from the famous Virginia Report of 1800-1801 that provided a summery of Virginia’s 1798 attempt at a “nullification” of the Alien & Sedition Acts. For further history of this VITAL federal principle and the controversy surrounding it’s now, much needed use, see: Reassessing Responses to the Virginia and...
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Mandeville, LA – The abolition of capital punishment, I mean, is one of the products of humanitarianism—that is, of the belief that man’s cleverness will suffice for all purposes, without need for knowledge of the transcendent and the divine. The rejection of capital punishment in any circumstances thus is becoming an attitude which belongs to the...
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Mandeville, LA –  All I can say, politely but firmly, is that Hungary deserves better than this. So it’s no wonder that in the country now the mood is not for a change of government, but for a change of opposition. But for a moment let’s take them seriously and make it clear that we...
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Mandeville, LA – It never occurs to [Fr. Benedict] Merkelbach that we should consult the feelings of usurers as to their usury, liars as to their lies, the irreligious as to their disdain for God, and fornicators as to their fun in bed. After all, most sins are accompanied by passion, and an evil man is...
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Mandeville, LA – “Over the past fifty years, the fear of God, a gift from the Holy Ghost, is fast evaporating. Presumptuous thinking people overestimate their goodness, believing that they are better than they really happen to be. As a practicing psychologist, it is most striking to me how grandiose we have become in assessing...
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Mandeville, LA – “As it is a nervous business for prelates to court and be courted by civil power, one might question the wisdom of popes addressing the United Nations or parliaments. “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in...
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Mandeville, LA – But what about the innocent victims of the sins of others? What about the innocent victims of Achilles’ anger and Paris’ lust? What about the ordinary people of Troy? What about “blameless” Hector and his equally blameless wife and child? Why should they suffer? How are they to blame? Or, to put the...
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Mandeville, LA – Dressing like a floozy tells the world, ‘Look at me, want me, lust after me. I’m easy and you can have me.’ Displaying intimate parts of the body is a form of advertising for sex – so if you dress to attract sexual attention, you can hardly blame anyone else if that kind...
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Mandeville, LA – Exactly 900 years ago, in A.D. 1118-19, a small group of men came together in Jerusalem to form a religious community. They were pilgrims. The First Crusade had retaken the city from Muslim rule in 1099. The men, who were all from Europe’s knightly order, had come looking for a life of common...
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Mandeville, LA – “This effort to keep a foot in both churches won’t work, any more than one can be simultaneously Muslim and Buddhist. Even so, the effort to enjoy dual religious citizenship, particularly among politicians and others in the public eye, remains commonplace. It should be understood for what it is: an attempt to...
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Mandeville, LA – “In the midst of all this one young man, the son of well to do civil servants, has come to the big city to begin the second half of an education in politics that his family expects will lead to a career in public life. But he has looked around at the...
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Mandeville, LA – [The following is excerpted from First Things and edited for continuity – MC, Ed.] The new Star Wars movies start where, forty years ago, the original began. Despite the triumph at the end of Return of the Jedi, the political situation in the Star Wars universe has reverted to its previous state....
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Mandeville, LA – “I received your dear letter extremely late; it is dated December 12th. It is actually postmarkedJanuary 3rd. The delay of the second date is normal during these holidays, which are for me the worst days of the year, if for no other reason because they are the most desecrated. I agree completely...
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Mandeville, LA – Analogies can easily be multiplied, if one wants to push a thesis; but the point is that the greatest threat to world peace and international justice is the nation state gone bad, claiming an absolute power, deciding questions and making “laws” beyond its competence. The world divorced from the God who created and...
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Mandeville, LA – “Jesus told his disciples that there will be people at the threshold of heaven, claiming to have done great things in his name, only to be told, “I never knew you”—people like the rich man whose spiritual valuation was all wrong. As we enter the New Year, these warnings should prompt us...
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Mandeville, LA –  [Editor’s Note: In this Papal Bull, Pope John XXIII captures the fundamental problem that gnaws at Modern Society: Men are defiant when confronted by the Truth especially when that Truth involves a proper ordering of their lives and their thoughts. This is evidenced by the sheer number of men who choose to...
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Mandeville, LA – If this kingdom was so great and lasting without the aid of the gods, why is the ample territory and long duration of the Roman empire to be ascribed to the Roman gods? For whatever is the cause in it, the same is in the other also. But if they contend that the prosperity of the other also is to be...
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Mandeville, LA – About 10 years ago I wrote an article for Austrian readers explaining that American politicians who say they’ll “get government off our backs” have no intention of keeping that promise. Their real plan is to provide favors for their donors at taxpayers’ expense and with a little luck maybe create a new agency...
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Mandeville, LA  – From the Gospels it appears that there were a lot of bigwigs Jesus didn’t like. He spoke harshly about scribes and Pharisees. And he had problems with the religious authorities, who condemned him to death, and rich people, whom he advised to divest themselves of their wealth. (On one memorable occasion, he drove...
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Mandeville, LA – Let’s look at it another way: Has there ever been a time when the Church, from pope to parish priest to parishioner in the pew, was perfect? But there have always been saints. There have always been saints because there have always been those few individuals who didn’t, in this sense, fret about...
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Mandeville, LA – Conservatism in a postmodern moment must therefore be different than the conservatism that motivated Burke or Taft or Disraeli or Reagan. The school of conservatism that might be most fitted for this moment, is paradoxically, the one that is the one least inclined to modernity. This would be a form of conservatism known...
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Mandeville, LA – The bronze dragons in the assault move ponderously and open breaches in the city walls. Fiery versions are thwarted by the smooth, steep incline of Gondolin’s hill. But a third variety, the iron dragons, carry Orcs within and move on ‘iron so cunningly linked that they might flow … around and above all...
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: In my talk “How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Save The Free World” I quoted G.K. Chesterton our Veritas et Sapientia muse on society being run by men in dresses, listen to my talk here, the Chesterton Quote appears inline.– Ed., M.C.] Libraries have been written on modernity’s seepage...
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Mandeville, LA – Mainstreamers are stuck in the ’90s. Many of the senior foreign-policy advisers in the Western world are in their late 40s, 50s, and 60s. They often began their careers near the end of the Cold War. They often adore their mentors, from whom they took a sense of self-importance, a belief that every...
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Mandeville, LA – The attempt to contemplate history in all its dimensions and in the fullness of its detail led directly to the conviction that this world of substantial things and substantial events is the very world which the Leftist of our time wishes to see abolished; and such policy now began to appear egotistical and...
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Mandeville, LA – The mission of the Church is to all nations and to all ages. ” Going therefore, teach ye all nations Teaching them to observe  all things whatsoever I have commanded you ; and behold, I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world”. The doctrines of the Church must...
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Mandeville, LA – However, in early democracies, as in the American democracy at the time of its birth, all individual human rights were granted because man is God’s creature. That is, freedom was given to the individual conditionally, in the assumption of his constant religious responsibility. Such was the heritage of the preceding thousand years....
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Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s note: I cut and pasted from this essay to select the points James Davis Hunter makes on the death of the Enlightenment and the futility of performing CPR on it. – MC ] As Hannah Arendt observed, the moral and political authority of the Enlightenment project and the Western tradition more...
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