If MacIntyre is correct, American conservatives will not be able to develop a coherent and plausible identity without rediscovering a local politics of associations, municipalities, and activism within social movements.
Those who long for a “re-enchantment of the world” had best be wary. In a time when we’ve cast off all authority in the name of new freedoms, they may not like what they find
George Weigel is alarmed, so he says, because recognizing the SSPX would “enshrine a `right to dissent’ within the Church,” and he links the SSPX’s objections to the kind of dissent “long claimed by Catholic progressives.” Now this is truly bizarre.
The inconvenient truth about us humans is that we are complex, we are mysterious, and there is always more to the story
Catherine lived thirty-three years. She was the twenty-fifth child in her family. A single woman, who never married, never learned to read or write, Catherine had a zeal that, in her words, urged her to set the world ablaze for Christ.
In Introduction to Christianity, Ratzinger reminds us of Paul’s teaching: “Faith comes from what is heard.”
As much as some of us might want to say that Christianity has been, and today remains, the foundation or unifier of American life, any serious probing into that claim reveals a tale of multiple different “Americas” existing side by side and yet largely independent of one another.
What is Easter without participation in Christ’s Resurrection? It is nothing. Pascha without the solemn and profound beauty of remembering, affirming, and participating in the theological, historical and existential reality of the Lord’s Resurrection is nothing.
Without intermediaries, we are left without anything to make our senses immediately aware of the mystery of God made man. It can be overwhelming.
As Rev. George V. Coyne, S.J. declared, “science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wide world, a world in which both can flourish.”