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Open Season on Beauty - Frederica Mathewes-Green

“I didn’t like the part in the restaurant,” Hannah, my 6-year-old granddaughter, said. We were leaving a screening of Sony’s new animated feature, Open Season, and I was trying to remember any scene in a restaurant.  Read more...

Oscar Wilde, Roman Catholic - Jeffery A. Tucker

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), has been gaining in popularity though his personal lifestyle, rather than his artistic achievements, still remains the main focus of public attention. Wilde’s flamboyance and eccentricity raise even more questions when contrasted to his lifelong fascination and struggle with Catholicism, and to its influence on his work.  Read more...

Out of the East: The Architecture of Byzantium - Michael S. Rose

Constantine's new capital, built on the remains of the ancient Greek city-state called Byzantium, is important to understanding Byzantine architecture.  Read more...

Outback Benedictines adopt cultural business methods - Samson Spanier

“Your drawing is much better than ours.”: So said Hugo Chapman of the British Museum when confronted with a tempera study of a head from Raphael’s workshop. This head of an apostle is notable not only for its quality but also for its ownership: the community of Benedictine monks of New Norcia, western Australia.  Read more...

Paranoid Narcissism: What Dostoevsky Knew About the Internet - Rosa Inocencio Smith

Rosa Inocencio Smith on Dostoevsky’s “The Double,” and why a novella from 1846 captures the anxieties produced by modern social media.  Read more...

Paul Johnson reviews C.S. Lewis: A Life, by Alister McGrath - Paul Johnson

C.S. Lewis became a celebrity but remains a mysterious figure.   Read more...

Peddling pagan temptations - Father Raymond J. de Souza

A confessor of mine once delivered himself of this sage aphorism: If there is not enough time to read the good books, there cannot be any time to waste reading the bad ones. I doubt he has read The Da Vinci CodeRead more...

Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture: A defense of the humanities - Leon Wieseltier

Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were cherished less, and has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were needed more?   Read more...

Philip Pullman and the Seduction of Children - Pete Vere

Meet Philip Pullman, the man whom English author Peter Hitchens refers to as “the most dangerous author in Britain.”  Read more...

Picture Books that Build Character - William Kilpatrick, Gregory Wolfe, and Suzanne M. Wolfe

Here is a list of recommended picture books (that build character).  Read more...

Pope Benedict XVI, Mozart and the Quest of Beauty - Mark Freer

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg on 27th January 1756, and his 250th anniversary is being celebrated this year in concert halls and on the airwaves all over the Western world.  Read more...

Postmortem on a Rebirth: The Catholic Intellectual Renaissance - JAMES HITCHCOCK

James Hitchcock traces the significance and influence of this movement, the thought and contributions of its major figures, and the reasons for its eventual decline.  Read more...

Praying With Mozart and China - Father Joseph Tham, LC

Much of the world is looking to the Olympics in Beijing next month as the major 2008 landmark in China’s relationship with the West.  Read more...

Preface & chapter 2: Emptying Ourselves of What We Think We Know - Anthony Esolen

"To find the 'canon' of Western literature back in the hands, not only of a man who knows that canon, but who loves it as a true man of letters and as one who unabashedly shares the vision which suffused those centuries, is a pleasure almost beyond telling. At the risk of sounding frivolous, one really wants to say, 'Drop everything and read this.'" - Thomas Howard  Read more...

Purity: Youth Restored - Anthony Esolen

Modern man is like the character Marcus in the book Quo Vadis. He no longer knows what his body is for.   Read more...

Questions they never asked me so I asked myself - Walker Percy

Q: What kind of Catholic are you?  Read more...

R.H. Benson: Unsung Genius - Joseph Pearce

Robert Hugh Benson was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, yet today he is almost completely forgotten outside Catholic circles and is sadly neglected even among Catholics.  Read more...

Radiant Dante - Stephen Sparrow

The list of serious writers and thinkers who have marvelled over Dante reads like a 'Who's Who' of the literary world and then there are the many others, who have studied Dante and found themselves drawn ever so gently to know Jesus Christ. Not for nothing has The Divine Comedy been called the fifth Gospel, and for those prepared to make the effort, it is both readable and easy to understand.  Read more...

Raissa Maritain: Philosopher, Poet, Mystic - MICHAEL SHERWIN, O.P.

Almost from the moment Jacques Maritain introduced himself to Raissa Oumansov they became inseparable.  Read more...

Ratatouille - Frederica Mathewes-Green

Ratatouille is one more proof that, though not everyone can make an excellent animated feature, the best being made now are definitely coming from Pixar.   Read more...

Reading Goethe’s Faust From A Catholic Perspective - John Whiton

Goethe’s Faust is traditionally seen as a paean to and the epitome of German Idealism. According to this reading, Faust is the archetypal Modern Western Man who, by dint of his ceaseless striving, creates himself and his world by an act of sheer will. But this is not the only interpretation. In view of the lavish use of traditional Catholic themes and imagery which pervade the play, one is led to discover in Faust a more traditional view of man and the purpose of his life.  Read more...

Reading Jane Austen as a moral philosopher - Thomas Rodham

Jane Austen was a brilliant moral philosopher from whom we still have much to learn today.  Read more...

Reading Sigrid Undset - CYNTHIA GRENIER

As this article describes, Undset's two greatest novels Kristin Lavransdatter and The Master of Hestviken detail the long, often difficult lifelong road of the two protagonists...  Read more...

Reading the Classics with C.S. Lewis - Lesley Rice

Ah, the good old days! If only I had been born earlier, when people like C.S. Lewis taught in the universities, when a Christian could be taken seriously as a scholar…  Read more...

Reasons For Hope From Hollywood - Barbara Nicolosi

The founder of Act One, a Christian scriptwriters group in Hollywood, gave an overview of the movie-and-television industry, and the hopes she sees for the Church in its mission of evangelization. Here is an excerpt of an address she gave at the Catholic University of Valencia in mid-May.  Read more...


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