Disambiguating Christmas

Irrepressibly joyful as the season is, Christmas remains an occasion of recurring conflict for contemporary Christians. One challenge is to “keep Christ” in what often passes as “X-Mas” or “the Holidays.” Yet even those intrepid souls resolved not to banish the Babe of Bethlehem (once again) to the outskirts of civilization face a further, andContinue reading “Disambiguating Christmas”

What the Church Always Is

Those who really believe do not attribute too much importance to the struggle for the reform of ecclesiastical structures. They live on what the Church always is; and if one wants to know what the Church really is, one must go to them. For the Church is most present, not where organizing, reforming, and governingContinue reading “What the Church Always Is”

Worth the Squeeze

When bad men combine, the good must associate;else they will fall, one by one,an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Edmund Burke Kudos to Roger Simon for locating the original source of the paraphrased wisdom so often attributed to this great statesman and philosopher. The thought may sound similar, whether we consider Burke’s actual wordsContinue reading “Worth the Squeeze”

The Problem with Politics, and its Solution

Plato says that all would be well if only wise men reigned—or if all those who reigned were philosophers.But in the same way that wise men wisely avoid ruling fools, so do fools foolishly refuse to submit to the rule of the wise.And so confusion reigns. William of St. Thierry Beginning from the above premise,Continue reading “The Problem with Politics, and its Solution”