The Argument From the Enmity of Our Enemies

My heart is of course broken at the disaster inflicted yesterday upon Notre Dame de Paris. All that must be said about the cultural and religious meaning of this catastrophe has already been well said by many commentators of the Right, so I shall not here repeat them. Everyone knows that this was an attack of the Enemy upon the Body of Christ, and upon Christendom, such as she still is. The chorus of the Right has now, rightly, begun to ask why this obvious fact may not be mentioned. And everyone knows the answer to that question, too: Islam, modernism and Liberalism are all bound and determined to destroy Christianity, and Christendom.

One thing only, of the obvious, necessary things that must be said, have I not yet seen anywhere said: Saint Denis, Our Lady, and all the saints, pray for France, for the West, and for her Church.

There is a yet deeper question: why is it, exactly, that Liberalism, modernism, Islam, et alia, are so determined to destroy Christianity?

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Book review: Christ and the Catholic Priesthood

Christ and the Catholic Priesthood:  Ecclesial Hierarchy and the Pattern of the Trinity

by Matthew Levering

I love books that come clean and just give the modern world the finger, taking one of modernity’s demon-figures (e.g., patriarchy, authority, ethnocentrism) and defending it not as a necessary evil but as a positive good.  In this book, Matthew Levering argues that hierarchy in the Church is a good thing.  Even apart from its organizational value, a hierarchical priesthood is a better way of communicating grace than something more egalitarian.  Levering writes from a Catholic perspective, and so some of the structures he defends won’t interest Protestant readers.  However, one of our interests at The Orthosphere is to defend the principle of hierarchy, and Levering provides material for such a defense.

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