Journal

Coincidentally: Animal Magnetism

by Fr. George William Rutler

The former mayor Marion Barry said of conditions in Washington, D.C., that “the crime rate isn’t so bad if you…

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The War of the Worlds and the Significance of Science Fiction

In 1938, the world was waiting for war. Germany had invaded Czechoslovakia. The United States was battling the Great Depression. The…

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: Triumphant Tragedy

by Sean Fitzpatrick

All great literature is well written, but not all that is well written is great literature. In other words, there are…

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Coincidentally: Heirs to the Hairless

by Fr. George William Rutler

Dr. Martin Routh, president of Magdalen College for 63 years, was the last Oxford don to wear a wig in…

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Coincidentally: Taking Flight

by Fr. George William Rutler

In a recent motion picture, computer technology shows the monster Godzilla toppling the Chrysler Building onto my bedroom. Special effects…

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Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown: The American Nightmare

by Sean Fitzpatrick

The surrender to sin in America is a species of Satanism. Whether through seduction or submission, depravity is the mantra of…

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“Re: Vampires” by John H. Watson, M.D.

by Sean Fitzpatrick

NB: The circumstances surrounding my access to this manuscript are of such moment that their publication is impossible. Those involved…

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Coincidentally: A Bridge to the Future

by Fr. George William Rutler

The promise to “build a bridge to the future” has become a mantra in recent politics. It is less cogent…

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Coincidentally: More Varieties of Religious Experience

by Fr. George William Rutler

Felicitous arrangements allowed me as a student to repair weekly to practice the piano in a house by the Folly…

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The Spectre Bridegroom and the Immortal Love for Ghost Stories

by Sean Fitzpatrick

It was a dark and stormy night… Besides “Once upon a time,” this storytelling opening has no equal. Is there any…

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