To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large startling figures.
~Flannery O’Connor.

Your Next Indispensable Book for the Culture Wars

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 3, 2019 | No Comments

Imagine Cicero in his study writing out his fiercely-reasoned jeremiads against a decaying Republic, which was rapidly abandoning the ancient virtues that built Roman civilization. His was a heroic attempt to stop his nation’s slide into tyranny and to bring renewal to his culture. As an enlightened pagan writing before the coming of Christ, he had only the Greek and…

Jeffrey Epstein and Hell

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 3, 2019 | No Comments

Famed Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel once quoted a saying from an ancient rabbinical text:  the angels weep whenever a soul is condemned to Hell.  Our Lord seemed to echo that angelic emotion with His agonized sweat in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before He died. If the angels lament the loss of one soul, how much more does…

Hot Off the Press!

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 30, 2019 | No Comments

Mister Buddy’s Guide to Non-Profit Leadership: Principles for Success in a Charitable World By Peter Darcy “Over a 40 year career in business I read, and was formed by, some of the Masters: Drucker, Peters, Porter, Collins, Lencioni et al. Never, however, have I read a book that better integrated leadership principals, business imperatives, cultural observation, Christian spirituality, and missionary…

Clerical Contraception – the Other Priestly Scandal

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 7, 2019 | 1 Comment

Among the many hard teachings of Christ that is deeply “offensive” to the dominant secular culture today is the Church’s age-old prohibition of the use of all forms of artificial contraception, which is a clearly-defined doctrine of the Church. How many people have left the Church or formally rejected the Church’s teaching on artificial contraception and still consider themselves good…

I Feel Sorry for Small Families

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 5, 2019 | No Comments

Doing errands the other day, I pulled up at a red light behind an expensive SUV with a rear window sticker proudly displaying cartoon figures of the driver’s family. You know the kind – a line-up of white stick figures: mom, dad, kids, dogs, cats, soccer balls, baseball bats, kites, etc. against a black tinted window. At first I could…

The Exorcistic Power of Latin in the Latin Church

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 2, 2018 | No Comments

A thousand causative factors have led to the present clerical abuse crisis in the Church. But I believe there is one contributing spiritual factor that holds a critical place in the rise of the clerical problem: the absence of Latin in the Latin Church. This spiritual factor is causative in a way that all spiritual causes operate: as a hidden…

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

By Peter Darcy | On May 10, 2018 | No Comments

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II finally solved the problem I…

The Blasphemy All Around Us

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 10, 2018 | No Comments

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from comedy to movies to late-night…

Hollywood and the Beasts of Revelation

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 17, 2017 | No Comments

Hollywood has dished up some horrific monsters in the past hundred years. You can name them as easily as I can: Godzilla, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Alien, Frankenstein, Harvey Weinstein, etc. All but the latter were creations of someone’s fertile imagination. Hollywood’s fictitious monsters may be occasions of entertainment or catharsis for us, but their movies eventually end…

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The Banality of Bad People

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 2, 2016 | No Comments

[Vanadium said,] “The problem with movies and books is they make evil look glamourous and exciting, when it’s no such thing. It’s boring and it’s depressing and it’s stupid. Criminals are all after cheap thrills and easy money, and when they get them, all they want is more of the same, over and over. They’re shallow, empty, boring people who…

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