SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Daily Herald
November 08, 2019
C C Pecknold
When Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum he faced the absolutism of state socialism to his left, and the absolutism of laissez-faire capitalism to his right. He saw both strands of industrial age absolutism as existential threats to human dignity, to families, to the common good of nations, and as a threat to the Church.
June 05, 2019
C C Pecknold
The Catholic Herald is a venerable Catholic magazine, and I was honored to join them as a Contributing Editor earlier this year. I was so honored, in fact, that I wanted to do something to help boost the magazine in America. The promotional idea we came up was the Daily Herald, and the response has
May 31, 2019
C C Pecknold
Augustine is often remembered for being against things. He was against the Manichaeans, after having been one, because they denied the goodness of the created world. He was against the Donatists because they thought the sacraments depended on the holiness of the priest, rather than the holiness of Christ communicated in the sacrament. He was
May 30, 2019
C C Pecknold
Conservatives are fighting. Could any three words be sweeter to the Left than those? But it’s true. And while it’s been true for a long time — something has changed. The old disputes are passing away, and a new set of disputes are arising with great force, vigor, and urgency which sometimes verges on the
May 29, 2019
C C Pecknold
Justice Clarence Thomas has written the first Supreme Court opinion in history which documents at length the eugenicist origins of abortion in America. What does this matter, and what does it mean for the future? There are simpler and more complex answers to those questions. The simple reason is that while the Court upheld a
May 28, 2019
C C Pecknold
Socialism is enjoying a strange renaissance in America, and as Matthew Continetti writes at National Review, this surge in popularity is largely due to a kind of vagueness in what the word means. Socialism is in vogue because no one is sure what it is. The classic definition of abolishing private property, a planned economy,
May 27, 2019
C C Pecknold
If you want to see how socialism will work in America, visit a Native American reservation and you’ll see the sad truth of it. I just spent four days with the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit, a new mendicant religious community which wants to revive the Latin Mass, and serve the poor. They do
May 24, 2019
C C Pecknold
Threats to the Catholic Church in America, as elsewhere, are often external ones. But as the clerical abuse scandals have amply demonstrated, Catholics themselves can sometimes be the Church’s own worst enemies. Augustine once taught that we should fear the internal threats more than the external ones. Emperors might tear apart bodies in the Coliseum,
May 23, 2019
C C Pecknold
Last week the House Democrats passed the Equality Act, legislation which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the definition of “sex” in federal civil rights laws. In the Democratic primary race, this legislation seems perfectly timed. Bernie Sanders congratulated House Representatives for voting “on the right side of history.” No longer would transgendered persons
May 22, 2019
C C Pecknold
As Americans hotly debate the state of Alabama’s abortion ban, as well as infanticide laws in New York and Virginia, it’s worth looking to a country which has “sorted out” all these questions. Last May the Irish people repealed their country’s eighth amendment which gave human beings in the womb the same rights as their
May 21, 2019
C C Pecknold
It’s rare these days to find Catholics who want to enter into public service as Catholics. Most want to be “personally Catholic” and “publicly Liberal.” Wherever the Catholic standard does not agree with the constantly shifting standard of “public reason,” for too many Catholic politicians, their faith loses every time. That’s bad for them, for
May 20, 2019
C C Pecknold
The Deputy Premier and Interior Minister of Italy, Matteo Salvini has said he would like to meet Pope Francis. Salvini is one of Italy’s most conservative Catholics in political office. The secular press rails against him as a “nationalist” because he puts the common good of Italy over the European Union. But Salvini says that
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