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Raging In The Dark

By Ralph McInerny

I have recently written a little book called Some Catholic Writers which is due to appear in the months ahead. Considering the influence of the faith on the minds and imaginations of authors reveals how various and unpredictable that influence can be. It occurs to me that one might gather together authors who lost the … Continue reading Raging In The Dark

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The Colors of the Shield

By Fulvio Di Blasi

TIC Coat of Arms is a shield because it symbolizes the vocation of intellectuals, to defend the truth against the errors and adversities of ideology and power. The interior of the shield displays four main symbols: from the upper left, five waves, the wing of an angel, an unsheathed double-edged sword, and a tuft of … Continue reading The Colors of the Shield

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Learned Ignorance

By Ralph McInerny

Preparing the index for The Logic of Analogy, nearly fifty years ago, was a mindless but highly enjoyable task. Page proofs and separate sheets of paper for each  letter of the alphabet were spread all over the table as I pored over the text and entered words, then page numbers on the sheets. After the … Continue reading Learned Ignorance

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Ex Cathedra. Shut Up, He Explained

By Ralph McInerny

It is a nice question whether Orwell’s 1984 or Huxley’s Brave New World was the most prescient depiction of what modern society has become. Better living through chemistry or Big Brother is watching you? The current invocation of “academic freedom” to plead for the staging of homosexual propaganda on Catholic campuses suggests that Orwell was … Continue reading Ex Cathedra. Shut Up, He Explained

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De Profundis

By Ralph McInerny

Herman Melville is the most theological of American writers, even more so than his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne. Because Melville enjoyed such great popularity after the appearance of his early South Sea island adventures, it is surprising to find that Moby Dick was a commercial failure. The stock of the author plummeted precipitously, and for the … Continue reading De Profundis

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Writing as Translating

By Arthur Powers

In 1969, I went to Brazil as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  It was my first serious exposure to intercultural life.  During the initial six months, as I struggled to learn Portuguese and Brazilian culture, I would have been startled had someone told me that being bicultural would become one of the key elements of my … Continue reading Writing as Translating

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The Tuft of Straw

By Fulvio Di Blasi

The fourth symbol of the Thomas International coat of arms is a tuft of straw. Towards the end of his life, San Thomas Aquinas had a special revelation from God, the details of which remain unclear. It is only known that, from that moment on, he almost ceased to speak and write. The silence of San Thomas has remained … Continue reading The Tuft of Straw

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To Be or Not To Be

By Ralph McInerny

A few years ago I came across a book entitled Claudel thomiste? and began it with some skepticism. For all of my life long love of Claudel, I thought the book would be an exercise in far-fetched interpretation. Not at all. The author made a strong case for the continuing influence on the great French … Continue reading To Be or Not To Be

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Transvaluation of Values

By Ralph McInerny

The English poet William Wordsworth referred to Mary as “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” Could he possibly have understood the truth of what he said?  To ask the question seems smug, and so no doubt it is, suggesting that we think of Our Lady as narrowly “ours,” an object of devotion by Catholics, a devotion … Continue reading Transvaluation of Values

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The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole

By Ralph McInerny

“I was that narrowest of specialists, the well-rounded man.” Thus speaks Nick Carraway, the narrator of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The remark has a special significance in the novel, but it can be considered as a free-floating epigram and then we all know what it means. A friend of mine once described someone … Continue reading The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole

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