Bishop Conley Reflects on Land O’Lakes and Catholic Liberal Education

By Jon|July 21, 2017|Education, Higher Education|

Bishop Conley is the Bishop of Lincoln, Neb. A version of these remarks was offered at the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education’s Regional Catholic Classical Schools Conference on July 5, 2017, in Denver, Colo. Fifty years ago this month, in July of 1967, a group Catholic university presidents and administrators met together at a retreat center in Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, in Wisconsin’s northern forest, along the border with the upper peninsula

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Over-Intellectualization of the Catholic Faith

By Jon|June 28, 2017|Hermeneutic of Continuity/Reform of the Reform|

As someone who tends towards over-intellectualizing things, I’ve found that what Padre Peregrino says in this post, the Over-Intellectualization of the Catholic Faith, is true. Here is a relevant exerpted quote: “The challenge becomes more difficult because one of the peculiarities of the old rite is that it makes itself accessible only slowly—unless the uninitiated newcomer to this ancient pattern of worship is a religious genius. One has never ‘learned everything there

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North America’s Only Thomistic PhD Program is Under Threat of Closure (UPDATED)

By Jon|May 17, 2017|Personal|

Two years ago I posted that I would be leaving Chicago for Houston to attend this program. Now the broader university to which it belongs wants to close North America’s only center for Thomistic studies, basically because it wants to spend money elsewhere. Each year, fewer and fewer students are accepted – not because of lack of interest – but because funding is being repurposed. The school is moving in the direction that

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“Is Intelligence Impractical?” Fr. James Schall SJ

By Jon|March 1, 2017|Higher Education, ReasonBright (Topics in Philosophy)|

The well known and eminent scholar Fr. James V. Schall, American Jesuit Roman Catholic priest, teacher, writer and philosopher, spoke earlier this semester at the University of St. Thomas.  The talk was entitled, “Is Intelligence Impractical? – Reflections of a ‘Rigid’ Thomist,” and is well worth the hour of your time to listen. He also gave a lecture specifically for the Center for Thomistic Studies, available here. You will find an imperfect

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Latin Language Summer Programs 2017

By Jon|February 3, 2017|Language|

EUROPE June 6–12 Schola Latina Corcagiensis (Cork, Irland) June 10–July 16 Living Latin in Rome (Rome, Italy) June 26–August 20 Academia Vivarium Novum (Rome, Italy) July 2–16 Scholae Aestivae in Italia (Montella, Italy) July 3–7 Colloquia Latina IV (Barcelona, Spain) July 3–21 Polis Latin (Rome, Italy) July 7–13 L.V.P.A. Seminarium Latinum Monasteriense (Münster, Germany) July 4–8 Colloquia Barcinonensia (Barcelona, Spain) July 9–30 Villa Æstiva in Agris Mugellanis (Florence, Italy) July 17–30 Schola Aestiva Latinitatis vivae Posnaniensis (Poznan, Poland). July 17–22 Germanicum seminarium Ottiliense (Germany) July 20–August 26 5th Freising Latin Week (Freising, Germany) July

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Socrates As Management Consultant? Why Executives Are Embracing Philosophy – Worldcrunch

By Jon|January 20, 2017|Personal|

Since 2004, the University of Fribourg has been offering a “philosophical retreat for executive staff” to some 15 candidates, aged between 40 and 50. “Before they came here, a lot of participants had had ‘toolbox training’ and were satisfied, but they were missing the question of the meaning of their actions,” explains Bernard Schumacher, the course instructor. In the end, philosophy doesn’t offer answers, only questions. Via worldcrunch.com  





American Catholic Philosophical Association Meeting 2016

By Jon|November 7, 2016|Personal|

On November 3-6, 2016 I delivered a paper in San Francisco again on the topic of custom. This was for the American Catholic Philosophical Association meeting on the topic of justice. The highlight for me was to hear Father James Schall, SJ speak about virtue. Much of the new liberal agenda isn’t really about freedom, and individual “rights.” (I’m not really a fan of the rights-speak anyways). But as Fr.

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“Enlightened” Philosophy in Paris

By Jon|June 27, 2016|Personal, Philosophy, Travels|

  What you see in the photo above and below is the Pantheon, originally the church of St. Genevieve, the patroness of Paris. In the French Revolution, it was gutted and made into a temple of Reason, that is, a symbol of the new patroness of Paris, who rejected religion as superstition and envisioned humanity itself as the purpose of its existence – aided by science – and redefined as modern science.

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“Why Beauty Matters” by Roger Scruton

By Jon|June 7, 2016|Beauty|

  Many smart people have intuitions about what is ugly and what is beautiful, but most of the same people today think that there is nothing objective about beauty, since they have difficulty explaining it. It seems like preferring Coke over Pepsi and so art becomes only about expressing oneself than about what is being expressed. I came across this video by Roger Scruton, which gives a well made case that there

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