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Mary Eberstadt - "How the West Really Lost God"

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The Catholic Encyclopedia cites St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae II-II, Q 81) in defining the virtue of religion as "a virtue whose purpose is to render God the worship due to Him as the source of all being and the principle of all government of things." When Mary Eberstadt writes about How the West Really Lost God (ISBN-10: 1599473798), she's referring to the decline of the virtue of religion in the general population.  This is common knowledge among people who pay attention to these things.  What is not common knowledge, however, is the root cause of the problem, a root cause that Eberstadt's book brilliantly uncovers.  Immediately, on page 5, she declares:

Pope Francis' inaugural homily

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At the Pope's inaugural Mass (his first Mass for the public — his actual first Mass as Pope was in the Sistine Chapel with the Cardinals of the conclave) he delivered an important homily on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. See

http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-homily-for-inaugural-mass-of-petrine-ministry

Zombie Apocalypse?

The increasing cultural references to the phrase "zombie apocalypse" have finally caught my attention. As I understand it, the phrase is apparently the independent invention of bloggers, one in the entertainment industry, the other in the video game industry. The zombie character is tailor made for video games, but is related to such movie horrors as vampires (because they're described as "undead"), killers that can't be killed (like Jason), pod people and triffids (because they spread their own kind -- come to think of it, vampires are included here, too). According to David Hambling ("How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse," the zombie idea originated in Voodoo, but the notion of a zombie-like creature can be traced to earlier European literature. See Homunculus, and note that Hollywood's concept of Frankenstein's monster is decidedly more zombie-like than Mary Shelley's original conception!)

Neither a Hayekian nor a Marxist be...

Ralph E. Ancil (Prof. of Economics at the Franciscan University in Steubenville and President of the Wilhelm Roepke Institute), gave a clear critique of the pure market subjectivism of Friedrich Hayek in "Hayek’s Serfdom: Fifty Years Later." The title of the piece refers, of course, to Hayek's famous (or some would say infamous) The Road to Serfdom which, written while he was in England at the tail end of World War II (1944), is a prophesy of the mess we are in today and will most likely be in tomorrow.

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