Links roundup, 4.14

Msgr. Pope reflects on a passage from Pope Benedict’s new book where Benedict considers the question of truth (particularly Pilate’s “What is truth?” question) and how this relates to , especially as that question relates to politics and the public life.

This video of the Czech President stealing a pen at a press conference is quite funny. While it is not uncommon for leaders to keep pens from these signing ceremonies, in this case he seems rather sly about it. Apparently thousands of Czechs are organizing to mail the presidents pens to mock him.

A photo retrospective of 80s Mall life. Yes, this is what my teen years looked like.

6 rules for Facebook. I have considered joining Facebook. I actually joined about a year ago, but the onslaught of “friend requests” – many from people with whom I did not care to keep in touch with – scared me off. I am still getting used to the idea that email is primitive and that these other social media outlets are better ways of communicating.

Archbishop Chaput writes on faith, politics, and science here. His target – those who want to return science to its “rightful place”, which usually means a science that is immune from moral principles. This is a nonsense position, of course. Science, by itself, can say nothing about what sorts of experiments we should run or what sort of technologies we should produce. Science, like all human endeavors, must be mediated through a reflection on human goods. The quotation from Fr. John Murray sums up our current situation well: “What is our contemporary idiocy? What is the enemy within the [human] city? If I had to give it a name, I think I would call it ‘technological secularism.’ The idiot today is the technological secularist who knows everything . . . about the organization of all the instruments and techniques of power that are available in the contemporary world—and who, at the same time, understands nothing about the nature of man or about the nature of true civilization.”

Classical education is in the news. This Washington Post article discusses a Catholic school that has experienced a tremendous renaissance by embracing a classical curriculum. You can see a short video on the school here and can see their curriculum here. I am doing supplemental classical education at home with my children, and have taken materials from this curriculum as well as Veritas Press.

In other classics news, this article encourages you to teach your kids Latin. Why? Not just because it is an important part of a proper classical education. That is well and good (and is frankly enough for me). But studies show that children who lean Latin end up outperforming their peers in reading, comprehension, and higher thinking skills.

Archbishop Sheehan of Sante Fe is not messing about, issuing this pastoral letter (read at all masses in the diocese last weekend) on the spiritual dangers and harms of co-habitation. Good for him. I want more priests and bishops that make demands on their flock.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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