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Archive for February 16th, 2005

"Tribute" is my word, not the author’s, but I think it’s accurate. An online journal called The New Pantagruel has published a sort of combination tribute, retrospective, and critique of Caelum et Terra called Resurrecting Caelum et Terra. The author, Jeremy Beer, is the editor of ISI Books, the book publishing arm of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which many will recognize as a well-known presence in the conservative world and which is, as far as I can discern, on the traditionalist rather than the classical liberal end of the conservative intellectual spectrum–ISI Books has re-published essential works by the Southern Agrarians, for instance. (I reviewed one of them a few years ago.)

The journal is an interesting miscellany, ecumenically Christian and…well, here, let them describe it themselves:: "…a quarterly electronic journal run by a cadre of intemperate but
friendly Catholics and Protestants who have seen other electronic
journals run by Christians, and thought that while they might not be
able to do better, they could certainly do no worse."

The piece is excellent, I think–very sympathetic and appreciative, but not uncritical. I mean, CetT was uneven. I have a few minor quibbles about the emphasis of one thing versus another, but all in all I think it’s accurate. Very good reading, and of course very very heartening to those of us who worked on the magazine and often felt that we were talking into the void. Maybe that seed is taking root after all.

Could one ask for a better opening to a discussion of our late magazine than this?: "It is difficult, in retrospect, not to think of the end of the Cold War
as a missed opportunity for orthodox Catholicism in America." (read on )

Maclin Horton

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After the Scandals, Where?

I don’t know how many people who read this blog also read Amy Wellborn’s Open Book blog. Those familiar with it know it’s a place where a lot of discussion happens among Catholics of all stripes–well, mostly on what would generally be considered the "conservative" end of the spectrum, but still, many viewpoints are represented. There’s a particularly interesting and quite long thread in progress now . It started out as reaction to the news of the Shanley verdict (I assume no one needs that explained). It has now grown to include a lot of reflection (and of course a certain amount of ranting) about what’s wrong and how we, the laity, can and/or should proceed to do our part for … hmm, I was about to type the word "renewal," then realized that there is a bit of an odor about the word–just as I was about to type the word "diverse" to describe the participants in the discussion, and stopped because of the outright stink of cant that now clings about it.

But let me proceed anyway: renewal, or as my evangelical friends say, revival, is now more than ever an urgent need. I’m particularly taken with some remarks by Sherry Weddell, who runs something called The Catherine of Siena Institute . You’ll probably by necessity end up skimming some of the comments, but many are very much worth your while. As of course are Amy’s introductory remarks.

Maclin Horton

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