Yes, assimilation has been the preferred strategy of Catholic leadership since the days of John Carroll. But should it always be? There is good reason to think it shouldn’t.
In a certain parish church that I know well, as also, I suppose, in many other Catholic churches in the United States, two flags are prominently displayed. One is the Stars and Stripes. The other, unfamiliar to most Americans, including many Catholics, is the gold and white flag of Vatican City, with the papal coat of armsthe keys of Peter and the papal tiaraimposed ...
“Elitist” is now used as a scare-word to prevent legitimate criticism of ideas and behaviors once thought beyond the pale.
The term “elitist”
has been bandied about so promiscuously in this election cycle that it’s become
virtually content-free. Yet “elitist” is also being weaponized as a scare-word
to prevent legitimate criticism of ideas, attitudes, and behaviors once thought
beyond the pale, even in the rough-and-tumble of politics (which, as Mr. Dooley
We in the West must decide between self-government, on the one hand, and Fonte’s “slow suicide of liberal democracy”, on the other. In the end, the struggle is really about the purpose—the telos—of politics.
Editor’s note: The following article is based on excerpts from the new book, The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe,
published by Encounter Books. It contends that the Europe...
There were numerous signs that Omar Mateen might turn jihadist. There is plenty of evidence he acted upon radical Islamist beliefs. But we're told by President Obama and others to ignore all of it.
After a two-year-old boy was attacked and killed by an alligator, Disney World in Orlando finally put up alligator warning signs on its resort properties. When, one wonders, will our society put aside political correctness and talk frankly about the warning signs that might have prevented the jihad massacre in Orlando that took place two days before the alligator attack?
Ecclesia et Civitas
One of the most important services of tradition is that it takes into account realities current ways of thinking leave out. It summarizes experience, and experience changes how things look to us.
Last month I noted that tradition is not self-contained or absolute. It's complex, so that superior, subordinate, and parallel traditions often come into conflict. Local tradition may say one thing, Church or national tradition quite another. Also, tradition is not about it...