Joseph Pearce

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Defenders of the Faith: G. K. Chesterton vs. Prince Charles

On Nov. 24, 1521, Pope Leo X bestowed the title of Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith) on King Henry VIII. The honour was granted to the English king in recognition of his book Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (Defense of the Seven Sacraments),...

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Nazissism: The Totalitarianism of the Self

More than a century ago, in 1911 to be precise, Holbrook Jackson published a book entitled Platitudes in the Making, a volume of aphorisms expressive of Jackson’s radical relativism. “Truth,” Jackson proclaimed platitudinously, “is one’s own...

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Finding Ourselves in Middle-Earth

In his famous essay on fairy stories, J. R. R. Tolkien asserted that one of the most important facets of fairytales is that they hold up a “Mirror of scorn and pity towards Man.” The fairy story, Tolkien wrote, “may be used as a Mirour de l’Omme”...

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Hatred Comes in Many Colors: The Politics of Pride and Prejudice

As I watch the rise of the politics of hatred sweep like an angry wave across the United States, from Boston to Berkeley, I am overcome with a gnawing sense of déjà vu.  The fact is that I have seen it all before.  It was a long time ago and a...

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Hilaire Belloc, Defender of the Faith, We Salute You!

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) is not as well-known as he and his talent deserve. From the last years of the reign of Queen Victoria until the first years of World War II, when ill health silenced his Muse, he was one of the true giants of English...

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Can Freedom Lead to Slavery?

At the heart of all politics is the conflict, or at least the tension, between individual liberty and the common good. This conflict or tension gives rise to an array of paradoxical questions. To what extent, for instance, does my taking of...

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A Catholic Admires Shakespeare at Bob Jones University

As a resident of Greenville, South Carolina, I have learned to live alongside an overbearing Protestant neighbor whose looming presence overshadows the life of the city. This is Bob Jones University, the bastion of old-style, uncompromising,...

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Belloc versus Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England

Picture the scene. An expectant audience, which includes the great Catholic writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, awaits the arrival of another great Catholic writer, Hilaire Belloc, the latter of whom has been invited by the University chaplain, Monsignor...

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The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote that Shakespeare had “so little of a Protestant about him that Catholics have been able, without extravagance, to claim him as their own.” Hilaire Belloc, echoing Newman, insisted that “the plays of Shakespeare...