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More Shenanigans:
NYC and Notre Dame

Well, it’s that time of year again: time for the annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day rant. In a few short weeks, Americans of all nationalities, colors, and creeds will dress in green and ignore our nation’s anti-Catholic tendencies in order to get drunk and celebrate all things Irish-ish. What better way to get in the leprechaun-loving spirit of things than to highlight a couple of news stories that would have the Apostle of Ireland feeling green around the gills. First, we turn to New York City, where the annual celebration of the Big Apple’s patron saint and Irish (or Irish Catholic, depending on your agenda) heritage

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Faking It?

As Meddlesome hinted in his most recent post, there is no shortage of articles and posts addressing the many troubling and morally offensive aspects of 50 Shades of Grey (the movie and the book). I do not share the more detailed, gut-wrenching accounts of the movie and books due to the language and content used to illustrate their points — suffice it to say the both victims of domestic abuse and “kink” enthusiasts who are “into” that sort of thing agree that the relationship portrayed in Grey is disturbing and dangerous. I’m more interested in the issue raised by our recent discussion of the

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Shades of a Kingsman

            The culture warriors are at DEFCON 3 this weekend with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Those who wish to preserve a traditional ethic on all matters sexual should rightly be distressed at the release of this film, as should be anybody who thinks the sadomasochistic fantasies of a British writer of Twilight fan fiction are an affront to the dignity of women.  However, while it is certainly noble and right to oppose this unconscionable adaptation of a (from what I’ve been told) even more abhorrent novel, it seems that the culture warriors are experiencing tunnel vision

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In But Not Of The [Collapsing] World

Last year I wrote a short post on Hilaire Belloc’s Third Phase.  Belloc foresaw an upcoming fork in the road for civilization, in which “the Catholic direction will be generally restored, or it will be lost – and with it, probably our civilization.”  Rob Dreher writes rather convincingly here that we have already passed the fork, and have taken, not surprisingly, the path to destruction.  I encourage you to read his entire article, but if you are pressed, here are a few noteworthy snippets. “If by ‘Christianity we mean the philosophical and cultural framework setting the broad terms for engagement

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