May God grant us the grace to be Soldiers.
"Hypocrisy is an internal division," the Pope declared in a recent address. "We say one thing and we do another. It's a kind of spiritual schizophrenia." - Pope Francis (L'Osservatore Romano)
So there we are at this crossroads of culture and, more than that, of civilization itself.
A young boy, 10 years old or so, faces the camera.
My friend, the inestimable Robert George, likes to ask his college students how many of them, if they lived in the South before the Civil War, would have opposed slavery.
There are others. Many others. We mourn them. We allow ourselves a righteous anger. We admire them. We honour them.
The murder of Fr. Hamel was as much a proclamation as a crime, and to deny its symbolism is not a mercy, it is an evasion of declared reality.
I come to Krakow every summer to teach in a seminar for university students, and each year I visit Auschwitz.
We had a Vigil Service before the burial of a friend who was a Knight of Malta.
Early this morning I was reading Rod Dreher's blog and stumbled across yet another dispatch from the utterly absurd bathroom wars.