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CC Blog – Last Day

Rod Dreher posts a reading list. Good stuff.

Caleb Stegall says, quoting Wendell Berry, "Life is a miracle."

I’ve been extremely busy for the past 48 hours or so and have missed some stuff, and will be out of town and off-line for most of the next 48, but this post by Bruce Frohnen has some political notes that fit with some of the things people have said here (even though it comes from the Republican point of view). Food for thought:

And, however
much people may like Big Box America, it ain’t good for the kids; and
an increasing number of Americans know this, though they have little
clue what to do about it. For too long the Republican Party has been dependent on the
Democratic establishment’s status as hostages to the abortion lobby for
its victories. If that cracks, as it may well…

Maclin Horton

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One-time CetT subscribers may remember a bit of a quarrel between some people affiliated with various mostly small Catholic publications, including CetT, and the group that I like to call, borrowing the idea from "Chesterbelloc," the Nogelhaus: the prominent Catholic neoconservatives Michael Novak, George Weigel, and Fr. Richard Neuhaus. The little guys signed a statement called "A Civilization of Love: The Pope’s Call to the West" and we printed it in the magazine. Along with it was that issue’s FTE ("From The Editor") column, in which Daniel took a close and rather scathing look at the very tendentiously edited version of Centesimus Annus which was included with a couple of Nogelhaus books. Read them both here (the statement and the editorial, not the books).

 

Many thanks to Justin Nickelsen for transcribing the piece. And if there’s anyone else out there who wants to transcribe a favorite from the magazine, we would be happy to have your help. The archive has pretty much been languishing because I just have too much else to do.

Maclin Horton

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Quick Rorschach Test

I think the way you react to this story reveals a lot about you.

Maclin Horton

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After several thin or dry days, I thought maybe Rod & Co. were burned out, but they suddenly got active again in the last 48 hours.

Rod Dreher invokes Alisdair McIntyre invoking Benedict, and asks:

If
traditionalist/crunchy conservatives were to take the St. Benedict
Option today, what would it look like? Would doing so amount to giving
up on the culture in despair … or would it mean retreating behind
defensible borders? Thoughts?

Pretty much everything that follows is worth reading, so you could just read up from the post above (it’s titled "The Saint Benedict Option." But here are a couple I found particularly interesting.

Frederica Mathewes-Green questions the degree to which "retreat" is entirely possible or desirable.

Caleb Steagall suggest we "turn aside from the project of shoring up modern liberalism, and
begin to construct new enclaves of civility and order within which a
true intellectual and moral life
." (Don’t panic, he means classical liberalism.)

Maclin Horton

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St. Edith Stein 4

On the interesting phrase "dark knowledge."

Maclin Horton

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Unaccountably, some people still question it.

I recall twenty-some years ago wondering whether I would live to see my country revive public combat to the death as a form of entertainment, or would be content with simulated death via movies and TV.

Maclin Horton

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Jeremy Hand, son of Stephen Hand of Traditional Catholic Reflections, lies in a coma. More information here. This is a crisis that has been in progress for most of a week now, but I just read about it on Mark Shea‘s blog.

I feel sure every parent reading this will join me in heartfelt prayers for this young man and his family.

Lord, have mercy.Christ Jesus, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Maclin Horton

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