“The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris overshadowed other European news topics […] Mr. Macron claimed in [a] speech, decrying the damage on this magnificent building, that it represents France’s history, literature, aspirations, and the place of all great moments in the country’s history. However, he omitted its principal function — as a place of worship to God.” (Prince Michael von und zu Liechtenstein)
The Hungarian-born anti-communist scholar, Paul Hollander, for many years a professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), passed away last week.
Lee Edwards and Theodore Dalrymple offer two fitting tributes at Law & Liberty and City Journal, respectively.
“[H]owever deplorable this catastrophe may be, it shocks me less than the profanations of so many churches that are less beautiful, much less spectacular, but which witness a hatred and above all a stupidity that are very worrisome. Indeed, I am surprised by how little noise these acts of vandalism elicit. It is as if we were dealing with the most natural thing in the world.” (Rémi Brague)
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is not going to stay silent during the Catholic Church’s most recent and ongoing crisis. According to several reports published late last night, he has drafted a 6,000-word document which he intends to publish in Klerusblatt, a monthly periodical for clergy in Bavarian dioceses. An English-language version was sent to various media outlets.
“I came away with the impression that Europeans are trying to fight something with nothing. Islamist terrorism is a national security issue but what to do about Islam as a religion? To what should radical Islam be reformed? As far as I could tell, only one speaker spoke of a ‘Christian Europe’ that should combat abortion, euthanasia, pornography and same-sex marriage.” (Kishore Jayabalan)
The European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) recently announced its EU-wide campaign in the lead-up to the European elections of 23-26 May. The campaign, ‘Vote for Family’, seeks “more family-responsive policies within the framework of the EU competences,” according to FAFCE’s Vice-President, Vincenzo Bassi.
This essay appears on the website of “One of Us”, a European Citizens’ Initiative launched in 2014 to defend life beginning at conception:
“Today’s man needs to return to [the truth], come back from remote aims of biotechnological research and the misleading worship of scientific idolatry to the reality of everyday life.” (Anna Kováčová)
A short excerpt from Sir Roger Scruton’s latest contribution (bp) to the Spectator:
“Our need for belonging is part of what we are and it is the true foundation of aesthetic judgment. Lose sight of it and we risk building an environment in which function triumphs over all other values, the aesthetic included.”
In Robert Jackson’s 2007 primer on sovereignty (published by Polity Press), the eminent Boston University professor speaks of the challenge of ensuring that those with state power are responsible and prudent. “For those who wield power,” he says, “there is a permanent temptation to abuse their power.”
It is important to remember this in the lead-up to the European elections in May.
“[The movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’] is a classic that most Americans turn to, each Christmas season. The story of the irreplaceable value of the life of a man and the impact on the lives of countless others. Yet, it seems that the real miracle that is revealed in the film goes often overlooked.” (Bree Dail)
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