Ronald McArthur and Authentic Catholic Integralism

When Dr. Ronald McAthur, the founding president of Thomas Aquinas College, died three weeks ago,  one of my fellow TAC alumni quoted Shakespeare: His life was gentle, and the elements So mix’d in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, “This was a man!” That, it seems to me, is … Continue reading Ronald McArthur and Authentic Catholic Integralism

Adrian Vermeule’s Brilliant Essay on Common Good Constitutionalism

The Havard jurist Adrian Vermeule has published a brilliant essay in The Atlantic arguing that American conservatives should move beyond the legal philosophies that dominated the rearguard of the long defeat to hard liberalism, and adopt a jurisprudence of the common good. Vermeule’s common good constitutionalism shows a deeply Augustinian and Thomist of the educative … Continue reading Adrian Vermeule’s Brilliant Essay on Common Good Constitutionalism

The Tradistae, Bishop Sullivan Highschool, and Scott Hahn

Robert Bellah used to say: “Nothing is ever lost.” That dictum came to mind recently when I was contacted by a group of American college students, who call themselves Tradistae. The name is meant to be reminiscent of the Tradinistas, and the group does try to revive some of the better aspects of that project. They refer … Continue reading The Tradistae, Bishop Sullivan Highschool, and Scott Hahn

“The Integrists in Quebec”

In the midst of the controversy over Charles De Koninck’s book, On the Primacy of the Common Good: Against the Personalists, Jacques Maritain dismissed De Koninck and those who followed him as reactionary intégristes, unable to meet the true challenges of the age: I was deeply touched by the article of Fr. Eschman in The Modern Schoolman. He … Continue reading “The Integrists in Quebec”

Dubia and Initiating Processes

I am very grateful to the four cardinals who submitted dubia about the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia to the Holy Father. With humility and reverence before the Vicar of Christ, and “supreme teacher of the faith,” they ask him to answer some specific questions about how Amoris Laetitia is consistent with previous teachings of the Church. As they note, uncertainty has been caused by conflicting interpretations, and … Continue reading Dubia and Initiating Processes

Against the Overrating of Ordinary Life; or C.S. Lewis’s Bourgeois Mind

He’s vulgar, Wormwood. He has a bourgeois mind. He has filled His world full of pleasures. There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least—sleeping, washing, eating, drinking, making love, playing, praying, working. (The Screwtape Letters) … What is a man If his chief good and market of … Continue reading Against the Overrating of Ordinary Life; or C.S. Lewis’s Bourgeois Mind

Tradinista

A group with the strange name Tradinista has published a manifesto, and a defense of Catholic “socialism” in three parts (part I, part II, part III). To understand the background of the tradinistas it is helpful to look back at Patrick Deneen’s  2014 essay in The American Conservative, A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching. Deneen argued that the really interesting controversy among … Continue reading Tradinista

The Sorrowfulness of the Secular State

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is certainly not an ‘integralist’ in my sense of the word, but there are moments when he comes very close. Consider the following passage of The Yes of Jesus Christ,  written when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger: the greatness of soul of the human vocation reaches beyond the individual aspect of human existence … Continue reading The Sorrowfulness of the Secular State