Take Down the Flag, by Anthony Esolen

The Betrayed Church, by Eric Sammons
March 31, 2021
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*Image: Still Life with Skull (Nature morte au crâne) by Paul Cézanne, 1890-93 [Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA]

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing, March 31, 2021

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer.  …

Anthony EsolenThe Vatican recently declined to permit Catholic clergy to bless same-sex unions, averting an immediate and world-wide schism. No one should be surprised; relieved, perhaps, but not surprised. The Vatican has declined to overturn the whole of Scriptural anthropology as regards the sexes, not to mention any coherent view of Creation itself – of the formal order imprinted with the wisdom of God.

Meanwhile, the world rolls on.

In the space of a few hours, I first heard the critics for Turner Classic Movies defending old films, though they were sometimes compromised by their racism-sexism-homophobia-transphobia. The critics spoke as if no decent person could take issue with the now settled moral wisdom that equates them all, and heaps them all together with the same reproach.  …