Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Snippets—A Catholic Carnival (Vol. 4-24)

Welcome again to Sunday Snippets, your portal to a small collection of obscure but deserving Catholic writers on a wide range of topics. 

Yes, I know I haven't had one of these up for a while; despite my copious free time, I haven't produced a lot the last couple of months.

Anyway, here's how it works for those who are seeing this for the first time: Writers like me create a single post with links to the articles they've written for the week. This single post includes a link back to RAnn's blog This, That and the Other Thing, where the single post will be submitted as a link on the page. Follow the link back (I've provided two!), and it'll take you to RAnn's page, where you can find those other obscure but deserving writers I mentioned above.

What have I produced this week?

In Outside the Asylum I have two major posts, both of which touch on the topic of right-wing dissent, or conservative "cafeteria Catholics". The first is "'Mere Catholicism' vs. Real Catholicism", in which I use a couple of pre-Vatican II sources to dispose of a false distinction and remind my fellow papist bloggers that we're granted neither the presumption of infallibility nor the power of excommunication. In the second, "Pope Francis and the libertarians", I take apart a couple of key free-market contentions held by libertarians, and argue that libertarianism places too much emphasis on the autonomy of the individual to be compatible with Catholic social doctrine.

In The Impractical Catholic (this blog what you're reading now), I started off with the musical question, "Has Ralph Nader become a Distributist?" It covers an article written by the consumer advocate and perennial presidential candidate, which reviews a book published in the 1930s by Herbert Agar and Alan Tate, Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence, and is adapted from Nader's own new book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left/Right Alliance to Stop the Corporate State. (Be on the lookout for a future review of this book by Your Humble Blogger!) The next, "Seventy years ago today" (actually published a day early), is a reflection upon the men who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944, and on the few men and women still alive who served in all the theaters of World War II. Finally, there's "Separating truth from manufactured outrage in Galway", which takes apart the various strands of the story that became the myth of "800 babies thrown into a septic tank", and is based on an Irish Times interview with the historian who first brought the story to light.

Here you go, then! Follow the link back to RAnn's page, and happy reading!