I've received an e-mail from someone who wants to explore the Catholic dimension of Hamlet more deeply. Here's the part of my reply which lists my suggested reading.
Were Cave Men More Civilized than Millennials? I ask this provocative question in my latest essay for the National Catholic Register:
In a world so beset with evil, can we really believe that things are really as they should be?
During a trip to Rome several years ago, I gave an interview for the website of Opus Dei. The text of the interview is given here.
The irrepressibly controversial Mel Gibson has been giving advice to today's politicians: "Political leaders ought to read Hilaire Belloc," he stated in an interview with the UK's Daily Mail. Praising Belloc's distributist political ideas, Gibson was presumably thinking particularly of Belloc's two pillars of distributist thought: The Servile State and An Essay on the Restoration of Property. Surprisingly perhaps, his words might have reached a number of receptive ears amongst the UK's political elites. Some of the policies of David Cameron's Conservative Party seem to be influenced by a neo-distributist think-tank.
The glorious feast of St. Joseph is always a special day in the Pearce household, as it is, or should be, in every Catholic household the world over. It is, however, especially special in our home because St. Joseph’s Day is the anniversary of my reception into Holy Mother Church, oh so many years ago. And this particular year’s feast day was particularly special because it was the 30th anniversary of my reception and first communion.
Welcome and enjoy the 22nd installment of my lectures on Tolkien and Lewis!
I was honoured to give a talk in Washington DC on St. Patrick’s Day for the Institute of Catholic Culture. My talk was on St. Patrick’s Breastplate. Before and after my talk, there was great Irish music and dancing. Those wishing to watch the video of the talk and/or join the party with the Irish musicians and dancers, need look no further than this link:
Last week I posted a video clip of "famous Catholic converts", which I thought very edifying and worth sharing with visitors to this site. In response, Diego posted a comment querying Tony Blair's inclusion on the list. I confess that I winced at Blair's inclusion, and that of one or two other "converts" on the list, but felt that the overall power of the video still made it edifying viewing. As for my own views on Blair's so-called "conversion", I have documented my own disgust at this phony Catholic's sheer chutzpah in declaring himself a Catholic and immediately lecturing the Pope on how the Holy Father and the Church have got things wrong. See my post, "The Non-Conversion of Tony Blair".