Tag Archives: Moral questions

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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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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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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Destroy this Temple…

Strasbourg Cathedral as a Temple of Reason in 1793-94 I have read some opinions on this blog responding to my postings concerning the unhappier aspects of human nature and the downside of clericalism. Clericalism is not merely a problem in … Continue reading

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The Wooden Leg

There is a film from 1935 about the infamous mutiny on the Bounty of 1789, the earliest which depicts Captain Bligh as a sadist who loved whipping and keel-hauling his crew. Historical evidence now tends to set William Bligh (1754 … Continue reading

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The Enemy Below

The title of this posting is suggestive of a classic film about submarine hunting during World War II. It makes me think also of the mystery of good and evil in human personalities. The more I encounter or read about … Continue reading

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Confession and Safeguarding

The Church of England has come up with some new legislation on confession to a priest. When a priest is to hear a confession, he has to recite to the penitent: If you touch on any matter in your confession … Continue reading

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