How Anglicans (and Some Catholic Bishops) Think?

By John M. DeJak / November 25, 2013 /

A brief news item today heralded the apocalyptic musings of the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.  According to a FOX News Report, the former Anglican Archbishop, then second only to the Queen as Head of the Church of England, commented:  “Christianity is just a ‘generation away from extinction’ in Britain unless churches have a breakthrough in…

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From Under the Rubble…Hope in the Rearview Mirror

By Christopher Manion / November 23, 2013 /

The truth will make you free, but falsehood always brings violence in its wake Alexandr Solzhenitsyn Progressives disdain the past. They prefer to look to the future. They promise it will be better, if we but do what they tell us. That’s why they call it “progress.” They’re in charge, and they’re better than we…

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From Under the Rubble…Dynasty–The Rerun

By Christopher Manion / November 9, 2013 /

Statesmen come and go, but dying dynasties always long for an encore. After the Kennedy males of the younger generation thoroughly disgraced themselves, the task of Kennedy Compound rehab fell to Caroline. It was a rocky road. In 2010, when she figured she could walk into Hillary’s New York Senate seat, she discovered that inherited…

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From Under the Rubble…The Swagger Factor

By Christopher Manion / October 19, 2013 /

The always inspiring Father George Rutler recalled some helpful history the other day: There was a time … when schoolboys memorized, among other famous classical lines, the expression: “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam.” It was the exasperated call, in the second-century B.C. Senate of the Roman Republic, for the conquest of Carthage in what is…

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From Under the Rubble…Progress and Hatred of the Past

By Christopher Manion / October 12, 2013 /

C.S. Lewis, in his introduction to The Great Divorce, recalls a science fiction story featuring a man who is able to return to the past. There he encounters a startling world: the past is so concretely real that the very blades of grass he walks on are stiff and unbending. Like sharp nails, they cut into…

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From Under the Rubble…Words, Words, Words!

By Christopher Manion / October 5, 2013 /

A few weeks ago, Pope Francis asked us to pray, fast, and give alms on Saturday, September 7, for peace in Syria. We did, and on Monday, September 9, Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times somehow occasioned what Joe Sobran once referred to as “the qualm before the storm.” The Rubble couldn’t help…

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From Under the Rubble…”No More Yaltas!”

By Christopher Manion / September 27, 2013 /

On September 25, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty [ATT] at the UN headquarters in New York. As my longtime Senate staff colleague Mike Hammond explains, the treaty “was scheduled for approval in the U.N. last year, in July, but was suddenly pulled off the table because Barack Obama…

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From Under the Rubble…”Incredibly Small”

By Christopher Manion / September 14, 2013 /

During his speech to the nation regarding Syria on September 10, Obama spoke of “humanity” four times. Three of them reflected the sense of the term made famous by Turgot (+1781), the Enlightenment progressive for whom “the total mass of mankind (l’humanité) marches… slowly but steadily toward ever greater perfection.” In his prodigious studies of…

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From Under the Rubble…Cal Thomas’s Learning Curve

By Christopher Manion / September 7, 2013 /

The British parliament has defeated Prime Minister David Cameron’s motion to join Obama’s proposed attack on Syria. As of this writing, the U.S. Congress has not acted, but the prospect of another U.S. war in the Middle East has brought some old issues back to life. And some old players — the most interesting of…

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From Under the Rubble…Here We Go Again

By Christopher Manion / September 5, 2013 /

According to the New York Times, America’s Catholic bishops are counting on the persuasive power of the pulpit this month to push “comprehensive immigration reform” – also known as amnesty for illegal aliens. Unfortunately, we’ve already seen this movie, and it has an unhappy ending. Back in January 2010, our beloved shepherds launched a similar…

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