Today I was a guest on the Mike Church Show to talk about the myths surrounding Luther and the beginning of the “Reformation” and the Catholic reformers that began before Luther even appeared on the scene; so that Luther’s revolt was not due to abuses in the Church, but errors in theology that he embraced.
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Noted author and historian Charles Coulombe joins us again (You may recall him from Interview 20) to move a little further back in time to the layout of the modern world. 150 years before the French Revolution the English killed their king and made a revolution that changed our world, seemingly irrevocably. Charles traces the history of the conflict of the Three Kingdoms (England, Ireland and Scotland) from Henry VIII to the open war between King and Parliament that resulted in the supremacy of the state and the end of Tradition. Join us for a fascinating journey through figures as fascinating as King James I, George Villiers, Charles I, Henriette Marie, and most fatefully, Oliver Cromwell.
NB: This was originally recorded in late October, but I have been too busy to get this up as soon as I would have liked. My apologies to Charles who graciously gave his time for this interview.
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Today we are joined by John Medaille, a retired professor from the University of Dallas and the author of The Vocation of Business, and Toward a Truly Free Market, as well as many other writings in periodicals from Res Publica to the Remnant. We talk about Distributism and the economic issues facing Distributist economic theory, government, labor and many other issues which delve deeper into Distributism than the normal reflections on Chesterton.
The 17th of March as most know is the feast of St. Patrick in the Catholic Church. The story is well known, that Patrick was a Roman in Britain, who did not take the faith seriously and dabbled in various adventures, which led to him being caught by slave traders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He became more devout, went back to England persevered in the faith and was made a Bishop. From there he returned to Ireland and evangelized the whole of the emerald isle. Dom Prosper Guéranger has this to say about St. Patrick:
There are some who have been entrusted with a small tract of the Gentile world; they had to sow the divine seed there, and it yielded fruit more or less according to the dispositions of the people that received it: there are others, again, whose mission is like a rapid conquest, that subdues a whole nation, and brings it into subjection to the Gospel. St. Patrick belongs to this second class; and in him we recognize one of the most successful instruments of God’s mercy to mankind.Continue reading →