Ulrich L. Lehner's new book on a mostly forgotten and misunderstood era reveals how much the post-Vatican II era resembles the post-Tridentine era.
It’s not just an era of change, but a change of eras. The world is moving fast, and the Church struggles to keep up, with many churchmen questioning whether she ought to try to keep up at all while others readily put their foot on the Barque of Peter’s throttle. Meanwhile, mighty tensions exist between the Pope in Rome and bishops and clergy in their dioceses, and estran...
The continent that once ruled the world seems adrift as its soul is consumed by bureaucracy and political correctness.
It’s difficult for most non-Europeans to grasp the scale of the devastation that overtook Europe twice in the twentieth century. Having descended into the abyss between 1914 and 1918, European nations were at it again twenty years later. They consequently endured an apocalypse of death and destruction from Normandy in the West to Stalingrad in the East. “Never again!” became t...
The great Christian poet’s prose writings demonstrate his fascination not only with the question of what constitutes Christian civilization, but of how best to understand, protect, and revitalize it.
Sojourns with Schall
It has been more than 50 years since T.S. Eliot died in 1965, and looking
back over that period we can see that the decadence he predicted would overtake
the West if it chose to abandon its Christian culture has duly arrived. The only
thing about our decadence that might have surprised Eliot is the celerity with
which it has comeand its thoroughgoingness. If we look at o...
While Islam is, as I judge it, a false religion, it is held by true believers who are much more accurate in their reading of their own classical texts than any of their critics.
As it turns out, the killings in Orlando were not what they seemed to be or what too many wanted them to bethat is, simply a random act of “hatred” caused by a deranged young man with no real relation to any religion. Or, perhaps, if we insist in relating it to religion, then, as some prelates argued or suggested, all reli...
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 ...