Some quotes and questions about Catholicism and politics.
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“Many… see in Donald Trump’s version of America a comforting affirmation of an order that seems to be slipping from their grasp.”
When I was a pre-teen, my dad had a very cool girlfriend for a brief time. I don’t remember her name at all (Dineen maybe?) because she was too smart and too cool to be with my father for long (don’t get me wrong, I love him but being able to handle a relationship with strong and smart women was not a strong point for my father). 577 more words
There seems to be a particularly deep peace in the early morning after a summer holiday night. Twenty minutes of fireworks, costing goodness knows how much, the sparkles beguiling but the clouds of colored smoke reminding me, unfortunately, of bomb blasts in distant countries—I was glad to wake to birdsong at dawn. 396 more words
One of the most fondly recounted tales of Russian history is that of Peter the Great’s beard tax. The story goes that Peter, considering beards to be antiquated and out of kilter with his grand European vision for Russia, required all men who wished to remain bearded to pay a tax and carry ‘beard tokens’ around with them, under threat of public shaving (Wirtschafter, 2008, p. 4,627 more words