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‘An Immortal Contract’
— and a Challenge?

Now a conservative is a person who sees human society as an immortal contract between God and man, and between the generations that are dead, and the generation that is living now, and the generations which are yet to be born. — Russell Kirk, 1957 The quote above is taken from a post entitled “No Conservatism Without a Religious Foundation” on The Imaginative Conservative (TIC) website. The post itself is an excerpt, but stands neatly as its own essay or column, reminding us that, “A society which denies religious truth lacks faith, charity, justice and any sanction for its acts.”

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Looks Like Someone Forgot Repentance…

On Friday, TIME magazine continued its love affair with our Holy Father with a brief web post entitled “Pope Francis Has Taught the Catholic Church to Thrive Again.” The writer attributes this assertion to three characteristics of Pope Francis’s leadership: he leads with mercy, authentic joy, and humility. As a result, the writer asserts, “Pope Francis has made it cool to be Christian again. His pontificate is allowing the world to rediscover the great contribution of faith to culture and civic society.” This seems to be a popular perspective these days. It also ignores that Jesus led with repentance and told us multiple

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Part of ‘the Problem’:
Five Practical Questions

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Not long ago a sudden transition occurred in these pages which, thus far, has gone unremarked. On August 3, Spaniard wrote a brief post asking the question, “Is the Pope Catholic?” — and answering more or less in the

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Seeing Is Believing

I recall an incident, about 15 years ago, when I went to pray at one of the local abortion clinics. I arrived a little before 8 am on Saturday morning – before most of the normal prayer group. This gave me an opportunity to talk with the two side walk counselors who were standing at the edge of a parking lot, near a side entrance. The fact that they had not joined the prayer group at the front entrance was a signal that an abortionist was inside ready to kill babies. They mentioned that he had shown up at about 7:30

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Reinvigorating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Ran across this brief video from Fr. Barron today, and found it reflective of some of our past discussions. I thought his comment about getting grades for certain classes, but checkmarks for religion and gym, particularly striking — and these days I often find myself in circles in which Catholic thinker and conservative scholar are generally considered oxymorons. I don’t really have anything else to say on this, except that I hope our Junto will continue to look for ways in which we can help foster this sort of growth in our community.

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Caesar’s New ‘Census’

The emerging story out of Washington, about the government’s warrantless gathering and mining of data about American citizens, has me thinking hard about my presence on social media, the content of my emails, the terms of my searches, and the nature of my cell-phone calls. Will I be flagged in some way, because my views are Catholic or because I spend a fair amount of time scouring the web for a particular firearm (or any available ammunition)? On bad days, I weigh seriously whether I should pull the plug and go completely off the grid (not practical, given my work

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The Panopticon of Public Education Part 4: Dismantling the Monopoly

So, what are the options for challenging the de facto monopoly of the public education system?  To the educational layman, there are some interesting (and perhaps hopeful) ideas already at work. 1. Charter schools.  First showed up in Minnesota in 1991, the most well known and practiced variation that is part of the public system.  According to the National Education Association website (and the links contained therein), Charter schools are publicly funded elementary or secondary schools that have been freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for

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