Saturday, June 13, 2015

America's Heroin Problem

The Zombies of Fishtown by Ryan Landry

Herman Daly on the Economy & the Environment

Will It Respect Christianity and the Church?

Twitch: PILGRIMAGE: First Images From Irish Medieval Action Flick

Admiral Michiel de Ruyter

via Twitch


An Unified Date for Pascha?

«La Chiesa potrebbe stabilire una data fissa per la Pasqua»
Francesco: «Così cattolici, ortodossi e protestanti potrebbero festeggiare nello stesso giorno» Finora è una festività mobile, legata al ciclo lunare: le regole stabilite dal Concilio di Nicea nel 325.

"Pasqua in una data fissa" Il Papa apre agli ortodossi

Rand Paul on The World Over

Part 2 of Raymond Arroyo's interview with Cardinal Kasper

Full episode

But Will She Be Quick to Return to Work?


Posted by Soompi on Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Failure of Democracy in the Modern Nation-State

Where does this rank among the signs of decline of Poland?

Pope Francis on Friday met with the Prime Minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz. See our story at the link:

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, June 12, 2015

Pope Francis on Friday met with the Prime Minister of Poland, Ewa Kopacz.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, June 12, 2015


This morning, Thursday 11 June 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis received in Audience the Prime Minister of Canada,...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, June 11, 2015
Pope Francis yesterday met with Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.See our story at the link:

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, June 12, 2015

This report from Salt & Light TV on the visit of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, June 11, 2015

More on Fatherhood from an Orthodox Perspective

here is a reason God instructed us to honor our parents. And there is a reason we are to model Him in our parenting.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, June 12, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Giving Plastic Surgery to Evil

Serial killer porn? With the stylish audiovisuals it is difficult for me to understand how NBC's Hannibal is not supposed to glamorize the villain; moreover, in this adaptation the hero is no longer the earnest good guy of Maneater (and the novels?) but someone who is obsessive and mentally ill. Hannibal Lecter may deign himself as being beyond morality, but how does the creator of the show, Bryan Fuller, want us to see him, and what does he really think of the character? If he is faithful to the novels, do we not already know that Hannibal escapes justice? If so, then aren't any allusions in the story to Hannibal getting his just desserts (or being cannibalized in turn) mere distractions, or worse, a form of artistic deception, an attempt to conceal what is really being done with the production of this show? Is "exploring humanity" or "human psychology" merely a rationalization? And what about those who are fans of the show? What does this reveal about their psyche?

Hannibal showrunner on making season 3, and what comes next
Showrunner Bryan Fuller talks with THR about season three's "dreamlike" quality and introducing new, iconic characters.
Hannibal's Bryan Fuller On Bringing Lecter To TV

The Impenetrable Darkness of “Hannibal”

Mechanization and Unemployment

From The Era of Dissolution:
Roosevelt’s policies didn’t get rid of the broader economic dysfunction the 1929 crash had kickstarted. That was inherent in the industrial system itself, and remains a massive issue today, though its effects were papered over for a while by a series of temporary military, political, and economic factors that briefly enabled the United States to prosper at the expense of the rest of the world. The basic issue is simply that replacing human labor with machines powered by fossil fuel results in unemployment, and no law of nature or economics requires that new jobs can be found or created to replace the ones that are eliminated by mechanization. The history of the industrial age has been powerfully shaped by a whole series of attempts to ignore, evade, or paper over that relentless arithmetic.

Until 1940, the Roosevelt administration had no more luck with that project than the governments of most other nations. It wasn’t until the Second World War made the lesson inescapable that anyone realized that the only way to provide full employment in an industrial society was to produce far more goods than consumers could consume, and let the military and a variety of other gimmicks take up the slack. That was a temporary gimmick, due to stark limitations in the resource base needed to support the mass production of useless goods, but in 1940, and even more so in 1950, few people recognized that and fewer cared. It’s our bad luck to be living at the time when that particular bill is coming due.

What Are Her Qualifications?

Can she use a handgun? Can she wrestle a stalker or engage him in hand-t0-hand combat? And yes, the protection agencies for various world leaders (including the US president and the S. Korean president) employ female bodyguards, but that doesn't mean it's a good decision.

That moment when you think fans are taking a picture of you except they're actually trying to get your bodyguard...김수현...

Posted by Soompi on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Putin and Francis

Some photos of the audience Pope Francis granted to Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Pope Francis received Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in the library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Putin and Pope Discuss Ukraine ConflictRussian President Visits Francis at the Vatican

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What Penalties for Those Who Go Against Them?

The spiritual leaders of the main Islamic sects in Lebanon in a joint statement have warned after an “urgent summit”...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, June 5, 2015

Another Ibero-American Country in Decline

But perhaps I repeat myself.

Pope Francis on Sunday afternoon met with the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.see our story at...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, June 8, 2015

Pope Francis on Sunday afternoon met with the President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, June 8, 2015

Pope Francis and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Ennio Morricone Mass to Debut

Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone this week will premiere a Mass he composed to mark the 200th anniversary...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Consolidating the Power of the Nation-State

A mistake even if in conformity with modern Catholic moral theology, which is mistaken on the legitimacy of the nation-state?

The Holy See and the U.S. have signed a first-ever inter-governmental economic accord aimed at fighting tax evasion.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, June 10, 2015


In a conversation with Vatican Radio, Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, OP explains the theological background of poverty and the challenges facing the Church’s mission of evangelization today.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What about the dependence of the pharmaceutical industry on oil?

The Vatican has called for waivers for the Least Developed Countries from certain obligations of intellectual property...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

For a Federation, There Shouldn't Be One National Conference

But many regional synods. But we've passed the time for doing what's reasonable.

Who Won?

William Buckley, Jr. v. Gore Vidal -- given who has power now and how far things have shifted to the left, it'd be nice to say both did, especially since some paleos might enjoy his characterization of Lincoln.

Best of Enemies


Variety review

The adaptation of Lincoln.
Gore Vidal’s first-person view of American history

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fr. Schall on Marriage

On the Logic of Morals by James V. Schall, S.J.

Friendship and Evangelization by Fr. C. John McCloskey

I think his genealogy/intellectual history is off, but his prescriptions sound correct, though he does not address feminism. (And is unlikely to do so in a way that goes beyond Catholic feminism.)

Alan Jacobs's Take on the Benedict Option

Life in the Garrison

For Sarge

Pope Francis met with the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, June 8, 2015

Tuesday, June 09, 2015


I definitely want to see this.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, June 9, 2015


We did an interview on Ancient Radio yesterday. It was a beautiful opportunity to talk about DEVOUT. Please have a listen and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE......

Posted by Devout on Monday, June 8, 2015

Words from St. Ephrem

In honor of the feast day of St. Ephrem the Syrian today:Behold the fire and the Spirit in the womb which bore...

Posted by The Catholic University of America Press on Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

One Last Technofantasy for the Masses

Christian Egalitarianism

The CWR Blog
Christianity’s Revolutionary Recognition of Women as Equals by David J. Theroux
The progressive historical narrative upon which contemporary, anti-family policies rest is false.

Does he go too far in some of his historical claims? Women may have been leaders but only in sex-specific (monastic communities) or rare (monarchical government) instances. And the fact of female rulers predates Christianity -- it is a flaw of any monarchical system that is inflexible and static.
CWR Blog: Flannery O’Connor and the Habit of Incarnational Art by Carl E. Olson

A New Series of Essays by the Tuckers

The Tuckers of Virginia by Brion McClanahan

The Truth About Jefferson Davis By Robert McHugh
Independence, Peace, and Prosperity by Jefferson Davis

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Sebastian Junger on PTSD

How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield

Any discussion of PTSD and its associated sense of alienation in society must address the fact that many soldiers find themselves missing the war after it’s over. That troubling fact can be found in written accounts from war after war, country after country, century after century. Awkward as it is to say, part of the trauma of war seems to be giving it up. There are ancient human behaviors in war—loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation—that typify good soldiering and can’t be easily found in modern society. This can produce a kind of nostalgia for the hard times that even civilians are susceptible to: after World War II, many Londoners claimed to miss the communal underground living that characterized life during the Blitz (despite the fact that more than 40,000 civilians lost their lives). And the war that is missed doesn’t even have to be a shooting war: “I am a survivor of the AIDS epidemic,” a man wrote on the comment board of an online talk I gave about war. “Now that AIDS is no longer a death sentence, I must admit that I miss those days of extreme brotherhood … which led to deep emotions and understandings that are above anything I have felt since the plague years.”

What all these people seem to miss isn’t danger or loss, per se, but the closeness and cooperation that danger and loss often engender. Humans evolved to survive in extremely harsh environments, and our capacity for cooperation and sharing clearly helped us do that. Structurally, a band of hunter-gatherers and a platoon in combat are almost exactly the same: in each case, the group numbers between 30 and 50 individuals, they sleep in a common area, they conduct patrols, they are completely reliant on one another for support, comfort, and defense, and they share a group identity that most would risk their lives for. Personal interest is subsumed into group interest because personal survival is not possible without group survival. From an evolutionary perspective, it’s not at all surprising that many soldiers respond to combat in positive ways and miss it when it’s gone.

Increasingly Christians May Find Themselves In This Situation

A Culture of Plastic Beauty

Let Me In responds to criticisms regarding their "promotion of plastic surgery"

Posted by Soompi on Sunday, June 7, 2015

Say what?

She couldn't borrow from something more traditionally Korean/

Goo Hye Sun will be returning as a musician!

Posted by Soompi on Sunday, June 7, 2015

It's a Lil' Too Late?

Turning Youth Ministry into Apprenticeship in the Christian Life

If parents have been absent in the spiritual (and even "moral") formation of their children up to that point, what can they do to re-establish themselves as authorities?

Ah, Cape Breton...

Lovely vid of the great trad music scene on Cape Breton. They know how to ceilidh.

Posted by Thistleradio on Friday, May 22, 2015