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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ignatius Insight - FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014 | St. Benedict, Father of Western monasticism

ESSAYS and POSTS about Card. Kasper and the Church Fathers, Mary Wager, Alice von Hildebrand, Iraqi Christians, the American founding, Transformers and angels, "Tammy," cricket, the Incarnation and paradoxes, and more!

Cardinal Kasper and the Church Fathers | Adam G. Cooper | In seeking pastoral solutions for divorced and remarried Catholics, Kasper misrepresents the position of the Church Fathers.

Canada’s Pro-Life Convict is Free Again—But Not For Long | Steve Weatherbe | Mary Wagner’s mission takes her into abortion clinics and behind bars.

Chapter One of Citadel of God: A Novel About Saint Benedict | Louis de Wohl | The opening chapter of the novelist's de Wohl account of the dramatic life of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism.

Alice von Hildebrand: Reflecting on a Life of Teaching, Scholarship, and Prayer | Jim Graves | With her memoirs due out later this summer, the prolific writer and scholar looks back over decades of service to the Gospel and to truth.

Chaldean Patriarch Fears Iraqi Christian Exodus | Michael J. Miller | Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako remarks on ISIS, the future of Iraq, and the responsibility of the West.

Secularists show true colors in reaction to SCOTUS ruling | Russell Shaw | The long expected showdown between faith and secularism has begun.

10 Things You Should Know About the American Founding | Bradley J. Birzer | On this Fourth of July, 238 years after Congress declared independence, it’s well worth remembering a number of things about the Founding era.

Talking About Nature in an Unnatural Age | James Kalb | We're stuck preaching the word out of season, because the basic assumptions on which discussion is carried on are radically anti-Christian.

Transformers, Dinosaurs, and Angels | Christopher S. Morrissey | Transformers: Age of Extinction offers a surprisingly interesting grand-scale speculative mythology to match the size of the battles between its robot aliens.

An Archbishop and the Politicians: When Hope Meets Cynicism | Alan L. Anderson | Abp. Salvatore Cordileone's recent letter should serve as a template for all those engaged in evangelizing our ever-increasingly hostile culture.

Books, NOW's "Dirty 100", History, Insults, Sentimentality, Tunes, and Pet Peeves | Carl E. Olson | Thoughts on the passing scened from the Editor of Catholic World Report.

Cricket and Diplomacy | Joanna Bogle | Australia celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Tasteless "Tammy": Or, "When Louise Had a Granddaughter" | Nick Olszyk | Melissa McCarthy's new film contains a few small comedic morsels drowning in a lethal concoction of booze, adultery, and stupidity.

The Instrumentum Laboris: Some highlights and what they will mean for the synod | Tracey Rowland | Excerpts likely to be of particular interest to people in developed western countries and scholars in the field of sacramental and moral theology.

The Incarnation and Three Metaphysical Paradoxes | Carl E. Olson | There are truths revealed to man by God that strain at the limits of human language.

"Deliver Us from Evil” Delivers Too Much and Too Little | Michael Jameson | Scott Derrickson's new film is spooky and startling, but struggles to please disparate audiences.


Cahill's Self-Serving History of Heretics and Heroes | Dr. Michael B. Kelly | Outrage-free history has never been easy to write, and Thomas Cahill is not up to the task in his new book on the Renaissance and Reformation.

Captain Francis: The Pope and Sports | Fr. James V. Schall, SJ | We learn much about life by winning and striving to win, but we also learn much by losing according to the rules.

Non-believers Make the Best Saint Movies: Monsieur Vincent | Patrick Coffin | "It is only because of your love that the poor will forgive you the bread that you give them."

Politicians and Bishops in an Age of Absurdity and Bumper Stickers | Carl E. Olson | Nancy Pelosi's attempt to stop Archbishop Cordileone from being Catholic and a bishop indicates we are living in a confused, insane time.

Skewing Scalia | Gregory J. Sullivan | Bruce Allen Murphy's biography, Scalia: A Court of One, relies too much on a problematic thesis and too little on good research.

Francis and South Korea | John Paul Shimek | In his first international visits, the Pope looks to “the ends of the Earth” and to the young.

"The Fault in Our Stars" and the Sacred Heart of Jesus | Fr. Robert Barron | The question that haunts the entire movie is how can there be meaning in the universe when two wonderful young kids are dying of cancer?

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