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June 17, 2020

Note from the Assistant Managing Editor:

I am excited to share our featured articles with you this week.

First, we have "White Privilege and Other Matters" by David Carlin.  It challenges the unquestioned rhetoric behind the phrase "white privilege" and points out the cyclical nature of the deterioration of family structures and its effects that do real harm to blacks in America.  This one is good to read with the editorial on "The Moynihan Report 50 Years Later."

Next, Theodore Dalrymple discusses "The Era of Moral Thuggery."  We have entered a time where "behaving well ... is not enough. ... The many placards with slogans such as 'Silence is Violence' reflect the demand that everyone join in a chorus, failure to do so being a crime in itself."

Sidestepping current events for a moment, we reprint Sally Thomas' lovely essay on child's play.  "However silly, frivolous, or even threatening a child's game might seem to a grown-up, who might want to see boys do something other than lie in ambush for each other with Nerf guns, that grown-up should not interfere, saying, 'Go do something constructive.'  When I am tempted to say this, I do well to remember that telegram in Roger's mother's hand:  If not duffers, won't drown."

Roger Scruton's experiences of the 1968 riots in France holds a lot of wisdom for our current moment — and a breath of fresh air for beleaguered conservative thinkers.  See "Why I became a conservative."

Finally, Father George Rutler pens a history lesson to remind us: we are called to be better than this.

God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez

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"To teach virtue we must educate the emotions, and this means learning "what to feel" in the various circumstances that prompt them." - Roger Scruton

New Resources

With the Father and with Us - Dietrich von Hildebrand - from Liturgy and Personality

Christ does not stand before us at one time as a man and another time as God.

White Privilege and Other Matters - David Carlin - The Catholic Thing

I grew up the beneficiary of white privilege.

The Era of Moral Thuggery - Theodore Dalyrmple- Law & Liberty

It seems, then, that we have entered an era of what might be called moral thuggery.

Father Jonathan Robinson dies at 91 - Father Raymond J. de Souza - Catholic Register

The death of Fr. Jonathan Robinson of the Toronto Oratory is a sadness both for those who knew him and those many more who admired him from afar.

Not Duffers, Won't Drown - Sally Thomas - First Things

These stories are all about unsupervised children.

Why I became a conservative - Roger Scruton - The New Criterion

In May 1968 in Paris, I discovered my vocation.

Robert Gould Shaw - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

Robert Gould Shaw was born into an abolitionist Unitarian family in Boston in 1837.

Editorials of Interest:

Assisted Suicide by Zoom - First Things
God or the Mob? - Crisis Magazine
Radical Chic Redux - Crisis Magazine
The sewer pipe - David Warren

Editorials of Interest

What the Notre-Dame fire did to France - Catholic Herald

Until seeing it go up in flames, a nation that prided itself on Enlightenment, rationalism and secularity might easily forget that it still had such a thing as a soul.

Vatican Affairs. Pell's Payback At the Secretariat of State - L'Espresso

There was a stir on June 5 over the arrest and jailing, at the Vatican, of Gianluigi Torzi, the financier accused of extorting 15 million euros at the secretariat of state.

J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues - J.K. Rowling

But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode 'woman' as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.

Your Silence Isn't Enough - EPPC

Instead of enforcing strict silence, progressives aim to craft a public square in which we are all obliged to echo their views.

The Solution - CWR

Racism is a real problem, but it's part of a much bigger problem.

The Power of the Powerless - Vaclav Havel

Individuals need not believe all these mystifications, but they must behave as though they did, or they must at least tolerate them in silence, or get along well with those who work with them. For this reason, however, they must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, are the system.

John Henry Newman: The State of Innocence - Newman Reader

Such is the process by which we succeed; we walk to heaven backward; we drive our arrows at a mark, and think him most skilful whose shortcomings are the least.

President Trump Tweets Thanks to Archbishop Vigano - National Catholic Register

The former nuncio to the United States wrote a letter June 7 praising the president's resolve in response to the recent protests.

Ignore the optics. Trump's executive order could jump-start the cause of global religious freedom. - America Magazine

On June 2, President Trump signed the Executive Order Advancing International Religious Freedom, but few noticed amid everything else that happened that week.

Assisted Suicide by Zoom - First Things

Once we accept suicide as an acceptable answer to suffering caused by illness or disability, our attitudes toward death become so warped that obtaining suicide for requesting patients quickly becomes the overriding priority.

God or the Mob? - Crisis Magazine

These "protests" are not about racial justice. They never were. They're about a nation that has become intoxicated by self-righteousness. It's a recreational riot.

Why Women Do Not Wish the Suffrage - The Atlantic

"Woman does not wish to turn aside from her higher work, which is itself the end of life, to devote herself to government, which exists only that this higher work may be done. Can she not do both? No!"

The Tom Cotton Op-Ed and the Cultural Revolution - New York Times

There was a time, as a memvber of a white supremacist organization, that I rejoiced as I witnessed riots and the breakdown of relations between the black population and the police.

Radical Chic Redux - Crisis Magazine

Welcome to the radical chic redux. Its dangerous enthusiasm can be seen today in the stance of not a few political leaders who have stood by and let our cities burn. Looters are elegized as avatars of a new order of humanity. Their crudities are hailed as prophetic tokens of a brave, new world.

The sewer pipe - David Warren

Those who live in locales where "conservatism" is being made illegal — one thinks of the drive-in university campuses — need more robust defences.

The Moynihan Report 50 Years Later: Why Marriage More Than Ever Promotes Opportunity for All - The Heritage Foundation

Family breakdown among all Americans is a far greater problem today than it was five decades ago.

An Architect Reconsiders 'The Architecture of Servitude and Boredom' - Kirk Center

There remains much to be done to rescue architecture and city planning from servitude and boredom.

St. John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us

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