Notre-Dame Cathedral fire: “It’s kind of our 9/11.”

“[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)

Benedict XVI’s “post-retirement encyclical”

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.

Immigration’s real question

“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)

Budapest Summit on Migration

The Budapest Summit on Migration, organized by Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) ended just a few days ago. Yet we are still reeling from the facts and figures presented there by numerous speakers. The situation in Europe — thanks in part to Angela Merkel — is far worse than we had imagined.

FAFCE’s ‘Vote for Family’ Campaign

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.

The cause of Europe’s crisis

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)

What Sir Roger wants from architecture

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.”

A permanent temptation

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 heart of this classic

“[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)

Homage to Gianfranco Miglio

This morning, at the Palazzo Pirelli in Milan, an important event was held paying tribute to one of the great…

Bastiat necktie

The Montreal Economic Institute has produced a limited number of neckties featuring the image of the 19th century French economist, legislator, and writer, Claude Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850).

On the crisis of the family

In an essay originally appearing in 2017 at Breitbart and re-published yesterday by Intellectual Takeout, former US diplomat Ted Malloch writes about the ongoing crisis of the family in Europe:   “The crisis of the family is not simply a result of changed sexual mores or feminist ideology, while they contribute to it. It has far deeper roots. The family has lost its social significance because to the State, the family is a threat.…