Joseph Pearce

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O Little Town and Bethlehem: Keeping Christmas Local

One of the most discouraging things about small town America is the way that corporate gigantism has ripped its heart out. This is made all too painfully evident when I drive on the back roads to Charlotte from my home in South Carolina, which is...

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Memories of My Friendship With Bishop Morlino

The Church in the United States has lost one of its most courageous leaders. Bishop Robert C. Morlino, late of the Diocese of Madison, who died suddenly and unexpectedly last week, was someone whom I admired greatly for his sanity and sanctity...

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Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. —Cicero I would mention that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. —G. K. Chesterton There are some things that...

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Of Gods and Men: The Pagan Path to Christ

Considering that the use of words is dangerous and their abuse perilous, it should come as no surprise that “paganism” is a particularly dangerous word. The danger lies in the dangerous lies that arise when the word is employed thoughtlessly. It...

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O Sting, Where is Thy Death?

In a somewhat bizarre recent interview with the National Catholic Register, the aging rock star, Sting, who eons ago had been lead singer of the rock band The Police, waxed in a bemused and confused way about his relationship with the Catholic...

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Are Progressives Really Closet Racists?

We live in very mean-spirited times. In spite of all the hypocritical cant about “love” and “tolerance” it can be shown that there is little real difference between the superciliousness of “progressivist” snobbery and the most pernicious forms of...

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Anger is an Enemy

Those readers who are as old as I am will remember the punk explosion or punk revolution of the 1970s. At the vanguard of this anarchic assault on sense and sensibility was the Sex Pistols, an English punk band that boasted the aptly named Johnny...

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J.R.R. Tolkien in a Nutshell

Tolkien described The Lord of the Rings as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work”. Is it possible to summarize this dimension of Tolkien’s magnum opus in fewer than 600 words? You better believe it! The connections between The Lord of the...

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How a Wasp Attack and a Supernatural Experience Changed My Life Forever

I would not describe myself as a mystic, nor would I say that I am particularly attracted to mysticism. On the contrary, I tend to shy away from such things. I would even go so far as to say that I have a sneaking sympathy for Ronald Knox’s quip...

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Catholic Education: Agreeing and Not Quite Agreeing with George Weigel

“We were always arguing but we never quarreled.” So said G. K. Chesterton of his relationship with his brother. Like Chesterton, I like arguing but I always try to avoid quarreling. The former is a healthy disagreement based upon a mutual desire...