Tag Archives: Rome

Announcing: On the Marks of the Church by St. Robert Bellarmine now in print

This is one of the main reasons I have not posted anything in so long, the need to get the first book of the Bellarmine project complete! After going through all of my editor’s corrections, I had to do another read through, which takes a lot of time. Basically I am doing the work that […]

Interview 004 – Shield of Faith with Matthew Arnold

[Download]              [Play in New Window] On 2nd December, I appeared on Shield of Faith with Matthew Arnold to promote my translation of the life of St. Galgano, under the title: The True Story of the Sword and the Stone which you can view and/or purchase by following the link.

Now is the hour to rise from sleep

I will salvage something from the Advent and Christmas sermons of St. Robert Bellarmine, which I announced just the other day will not be out this year, due to focusing on his other works. What follows is his sermon from the first Sunday of Advent, posted today to give place to the celebration of St. […]

New developments on the SSPX

There is a fascinating development last week in the ever unfolding saga of the Society of St. Pius X. Firstly, however, in the name of full disclosure, I need to point out that I worked in a Society school for 4 years, and I am well disposed towards them, albeit I do not agree with […]

For the feast of St. Matthew, Caravaggio's Contarelli Chapel

The last time I took up Caravaggio’s works, we traced him running from Papal justice and then running from the Knights of Malta, while having painted the biggest painting of his career. In that post, I made allusions to Caravaggio’s devices in the Martyrdom of St. Matthew. Here I have chosen to unpack these for […]

Caravaggio's Beheading of St. John the Baptist

This image, while certainly the largest of Caravaggio’s works, is also in many ways the most disturbing. There is a great power in it, but it is also very dark without any apparent redemption. Like some of Caravaggio’s other works, it is a motif on violence, without any positive resolution, much the same as with […]

The Growth and Decline of the Roman Economy

Originally Published on the Distributist Review, 7 March 2011 When one harkens back to Rome he is usually met with consistent comparisons to political ideals, military glory, or the decadence and immorality of the upper classes in the late republican and imperial periods. Very rarely however, is the economy that made the wealth of the […]

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