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BOOK RECEIVED: “Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World” by Anthony Esolen

This book has been terrific.  The publisher, Regnery (really good) sent it and, at the last moment before I headed out the door to begin this trip, I slid it into the outside pocket of my suitcase.  It isn’t released … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With No Apologies @SebGorka

I am happy to report that a fresh new copy of Sebastian Gorka’s new book has arrived. I look forward to delving into it. His previous book was a sobering and realistic education.
Why We Fight: Defeating America’s Enemies – With … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church

So time ago, I received a new book from a reader about Vatican I. I am not a great fan of the author, John W. O’Malley, who is a liberal Jesuit (tautology).  His book on Vatican II was sharply partisan.
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BOOKS RECEIVED: A hard look at Francis in Spanish by Argentinian author

Books arrive from publishers and from readers.
For those of you who read Spanish, you might check out a volume which came to me in Kindle form.
“No lo conozco”: Del Iscariotismo a la Apostasía (Spanish Edition) by Antonio Caponnetto
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A Tale of Two Churches

I just finished an audio “course”, Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, from The Great Courses. US HERE – UK HERE
There were some great insights in the 48 lectures. Among them, there was grist for the mental … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: 3 new and 2 important reminders

I have received new books.   Recent arrivals include
First, from the pen of Fr. Cliff Ermatinger comes If You Knew the Gift of God: Grace: What it is, what it does, and how to cooperate with it according to Church Teaching … Continue reading

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BOOK RECEIVED: Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right!

I received a copy of the new and timely book edited by Janet Smith.  It is, right now, available for pre-order at what I assume is a reduced price.
This is a collection of essays.
Why Humanae Vitae Is Still Right
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BOOKS received and read: Sacramental vision and Dystopian hell

I am thrilled that Angelico Press sent me copies of books by true heroes in our struggle to revitalize our Catholic identity through the reclamation of sacred liturgical worship.
First, Martin Mosebach has updated his great The Heresy of Formlessness: The … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: good summer reading

I get a lot of books from publishers.  I read a lot of books.  I listen to audio-books and books read by my older gen Kindle (what a great machine!).
Here are a few things which I have lately gotten into.
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Disturbing short film “The Confession” that somehow won Catholic award

I was sent the link to a short film that, apparently, won and award at the International Catholic Film Festival in 2017.
Fail.

It starts with some good point.  Never mind that the priest is not wearing a purple stole: validity of … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter Kreeft and 2018 Ignatius Pew Missal

I receive a lot of books. Some are immediately recognizable as worthwhile.
I have stacks of books awaiting attention. Here are a couple.

First, there’s the “Congregational Edition” of the 2018 Ignatius [Press] Pew Missal made in collaboration with the Augustine Institute (formed … Continue reading

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BOOKS RECEIVED: Two VERY different DAUGHTERS!

Some of you long time readers may recall that I’ve been a character in a sci-fi series. I was even killed… at least once. If that isn’t a motivation to read them, I don’t know what is.
I became a ongoing … Continue reading

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R.J. Snell reviews @DouthatNYT book about Pope Francis and his pontificate

At Public Discourse, R.J. Snell (director of the Center on the University and Intellectual Life for the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ) looks at Ross Douthat’s recent book for the 5th anniversary of the pontificate of Pope Francis.
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Rex and Douthat on the edges and contours of the “Francis Effect”

At First Things, there is an essay cum review by Richard Rex (professor of Reformation history at Cambridge ) of Ross Douthat’s recent book: To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism
I wrote about Michael “Wile E. Coyote” Winters’ … Continue reading

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NEEDFUL BOOKS NOTICE and a maternal CHALLENGE COIN update

As the poet said, “Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!”
I get lots of books from publishers. They are nearly all, I am sure, sound, since the publishers are sound.  I can’t … Continue reading

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