In the column I wrote as we began Lent, I reflected on the somewhat scandalous tradition of Carnival as practiced in the traditional Catholic cultures of the Mediterranean. Northern Catholic cultures tended to delay their […]
Hans Küng receives an honorary degree from the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain, Jan. 27, 2011.
Aerial view of Nebraska State Capitol, taken from Nebraska Club, 20th floor of U.S. Bank building.
During uncertain and troubling times, what’s a Catholic high school senior to think about attending college?
Christ promised, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” For young people across America, the year 2020 was tumultuous and often difficult, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the election, racial tensions and violence. Did any of this affect students’ resolve to attend a faithful Catholic college?
That was the question posed to high school seniors competing for scholarships in The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual essay contest, and the responses we received give me great hope for the future. Indeed, the events of the past year have made me even more certain of the need for wise and virtuous graduates of faithful Catholic schools and colleges. We rely on them to renew our culture.
When a call went out for subscribers for a new Traditional Latin Mass companion publication, the publisher reached its initial goal of 5,000 in less than six weeks. And they are still four months away […]
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“It is not the torture, but the cause which makes the martyr.” – St. Augustine
In reading Lian Xi’s Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, A Martyr In Mao’s China, the aforementioned words of the great doctor of the Church raised the question for me: for what cause did Lin Zhao, the fervent Communist-turned-Freedom Fighter, die? She was thirty-three years old when she was tried in the Jing’an District People’s Court in Shanghai as a counter-revolutionary and enemy of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). She was executed three years later.
So, for what did Zhao die, and for what did she live? Though she was baptized and attended a Methodist school, this impetuous and zealous daughter of Nationalist parents took up the cause of the class struggle of the proletariat with gusto. She ran away from home and severed ties with her family to attend a CCP-propagandist school of journalism at age sixteen and became a steadfast worker for the Party as the lessons of her Christian schooling faded into the background.