Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia, and the fiery planet of Mustafar, from "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." (Credit: Michael Lionstar/Salon)

Camille Paglia, and the fiery planet of Mustafar, from “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.” (Credit: Michael Lionstar/Salon)

Ella Whelan recently interviewed Camille Paglia for Spiked. As always, a huge amount of common sense is on display.

But turn your brain to high, because there is several hours worth of information here, in a bit over a half hour. Her classes must be fascinating, and also very tiring, but never tiresome.

Her views on Feminism, Lena Dunham, and Hillary Clinton are worth your time, not even to start with campus culture, or lack thereof.

I don’t see how she get to where she goes with her politics, but her premises are almost always correct.

Enjoy!

The Changing Faces of the Papacy

This is a fascinating overview of the last 50 or so years of the Catholic church, not so much a lecture as an audio/visual memoir. While he doesn’t take anybody’s side in the controversies racking our churches, he gives a perspective on why things are as they are, one of the best talks I’ve heard anywhere. I think you’ll enjoy it, and profit from it.

His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is a retired bishop and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster and former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. He was created a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the 2001 Consistory.

The next, and last, lecture for this year will be Bishop Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth

Sponsored by:

Diocese of East AngliaUEA

Newman Lecture: Bishop Graham James

From his biography:

The Rt Revd (Dr) Graham James
Bishop of Norwich

The Rt Revd Graham James was ordained in Peterborough in 1975 and later working in Welwyn Garden City, Church House – Westminster (where he had responsibility for overseeing the selection procedures for candidates for ordination in the Church of England), Canterbury (where he was appointed as Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and later, George Carey).
He was consecrated Bishop of St. Germans in 1993, returning to his native Cornwall, but moved to Norwich at the end of 1999 and was enthroned as Bishop of Norwich on 29 January 2000.

Bishop Graham has been an active member of the House of Lords since 2004. He is currently Chair of the Ministry Division which is responsible for the selection and training of all candidates for ordination.

Bishop Graham has also been a Board Member of the Countryside Agency and been much involved in rural issues. In 2011, he was invited to join the Lords Select Committee on Communications and took up the responsibility as the Church of England’s lead spokesman on media issues. He is patron or president of over thirty organisations and a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

 

I found this to be a very interesting lecture, especially with regards to the modern history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which as Jessica has told us, was before the Reformation one of Catholicism’s great pilgrimage sites. It seems in many ways to be becoming one again, it’s certainly on my list of places I want to go. I also find it interesting that the first Catholic Mass held at the Shrine was by the United States Army Air Forces, shortly after VE day.

Sometimes we forget, especially those of us that are Protestants, that our traditions, like our Roman brothers and sisters, go back to Jesus, not just to the Reformation.

Next week will be as Professor Charmley noted, a bit of view from the other side of the hill with Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Conner, former Archbishop of Westminster.

As always, sponsored by:

UEADiocese of East Anglia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday Morning: 60s Music Style

It’s Saturday, so let’s relax. I ran across some of my old favorites, so I thought I’d share.

Of course we have to start with my first girl singer crush, Petula Clark. Some things never change in my favorites.

If you’re old enough I’ll bet you remember how our music came from all over the world, so we’ll jump from England to Australia.

The guys were one of my favorites for a while.

These guys I had breakfast with one night after the bar closed, ‘The Region’ was a good place to be.

And then, of course, there is my all time favorite piece of popular music.

Enjoy, and have a great day!!

APPROPRIATE THIS!

Well, it must be time for some more Bill Whittle. As always he makes a lot of sense while telling the truth.

 

 

Yep, I couldn’t agree more, if you want to whine about us eating your food, and wearing your hats, well you would do well to quit using all the things the western civilization you so despise invented. Nobody will stop you from living what that old dead white man, Thomas Hobbes, called the average man’s life. You know, “Nasty, brutish, and short”. Just leave those of us who are productive out of it.

Newman Lectures

Francis CampbellThose of you who were here last year at this time will remember that we carried, the audio of and some pictures (videos when the speaker agreed) from the Newman Lectures, sponsored by the University of East Anglia, and the Diocese of East Anglia. We are again going to carry them, as they become available, barring technical glitches, which do happen, as we all know.

This year has a very distinguished group of presenters

  • 4 April:   Francis Campbell, Vice-Chancellor, St Mary’s University, Twickenham
  • 11 April: Dr. Graham James, The Bishop of Norwich
  • 18 April: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Former Archbishop of Westminster
  • 25 April: Bishop Philip Egan, Bishop of Portsmouth

I’m very excited about this lineup, and also again working with John, Andrew, and Siobhan. So if you can’t make it to Norwich, don’t miss out completely.


 

THE CHURCH IN SOCIETY AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE STATE

The first Newman lecture this spring was by Francis Campbell. His CV is most impressive:

Currently Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, Francis has had a long and distinguished career, working as – amongst other things – Policy Advisor and Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Senior Policy Director with Amnesty International, and British Ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 to 2011.

Probably wouldn’t hurt to add for us Americans, a British Vice-Chancellor is an American university president.

Enjoy, a most interesting lecture.

These lectures are sponsored by:

UEADiocese of East Anglia

 

 

 

Next will be: Dr. Graham James, The Bishop of Norwich

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