01/5/17

A Catholic Answer to the Indignities of Modern Man – Crisis Magazine

“When the sense of God is lost, there is also a tendency to lose the sense of man, of his dignity and his life.” ∼ Evangelium Vitae, 21 It is a perplexing fact of history that one of the world’s most prolific mass murderers, Adolf Hitler, was also a vegetarian who abhorred cruelty to animals. This …

Source: A Catholic Answer to the Indignities of Modern Man – Crisis Magazine

12/27/16

Martyrs Know Apostasy Can Not Be Justified – Crisis Magazine

A recent article in First Things by J.D. Flynn reflects upon Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese novel Silence, now being released as a film directed by Martin Scorcese (which should tell you something). The tale follows an idealistic Jesuit missionary who, towards the end of the story, well, in Flynn’s words: At its pivotal moment, Silence’s protagonist, the Jesuit missionary …

Source: Martyrs Know Apostasy Can Not Be Justified – Crisis Magazine

12/23/16

The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist – Crisis Magazine

As a cradle Catholic long accustomed to the rituals and feasts of faith, the earliest memories I have coincide, most happily, with membership in what the comedian Lenny Bruce used to call the only the Church. And so there was never a time when Christmas was not an occasion for sheer wonderment and joy, an …

Source: The Christmas Triad: Christ, Church, Eucharist – Crisis Magazine

12/12/16

What is Progressive Derangement Syndrome? – Crisis Magazine

I noted recently that educated and well-placed people today tend toward a stripped-down view of man and society that redefines family, religious, and communal ties as private preferences, thereby erasing their public importance. The effect is to promote exclusive reliance on the social authority of bureaucratic and commercial arrangements. The existence and sentimentalization of non-binding private …

Source: What is Progressive Derangement Syndrome? – Crisis Magazine