Monthly Archives: September 2018

Cosmopolitanism Revisited

This word, like many others ending with “ism”, describes an ideology according to which we all belong to a single “world city”, κοσμοπολίτης in Greek. This idea would transcend the differences that exist between cultures and languages through some form … Continue reading

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A Cri de Coeur from an English Expatriate in Europe

I wrote this short text for a Facegroup group of more than nine thousand English expatriates in France, many of whom are uncertain of their future in the event of a “hard” or “blind” Brexit. There are hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Hope

I have followed my Bishop’s tenth anniversary of Episcopal Consecration from afar. I would like to join my voice (or writing fingers) to Fr Jonathan Munn’s article Ad multos annos! As I have mentioned elsewhere, I came to the conclusion in … Continue reading

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The mask comes away…

I have come across a review of a book on the history of Vatican I (1870) in Vatican I, Pius IX, and the problem of ultramontanism. The article is published in a Roman Catholic site, and criticism from such a … Continue reading

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Tight or Loose?

I have reading a number of articles by sociologists and others who have an interesting theory about “tight” against “loose” cultures. The tightest would be strict Muslim countries or the remaining Communist and totalitarian countries. The loosest would be New … Continue reading

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Piss-ups in Breweries

In two hundred days, the 29th March 2019, the UK will leave the European Union and go to the “good old days”. I won’t go into the details of everything I have been reading in the news. You can read … Continue reading

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Be careful about what you ask for!

The Pope’s Earthly empire is laid to rest – Italian anti-clerical drawing from 1870 It was in 2014 that I wrote in Aristocracy of the Spirit: I had a long conversation with two friends in London a few days ago about … Continue reading

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