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Katie van Schaijik

Contra Fr. Barron on modern philosophy

Sep. 22, 2012, at 1:42pm

I've been preoccupied for the last couple of days with a lively discussion over at Ricochet about a talk by Fr. Barron that a member there linked.  I clicked and listened, expecting to like it.  I don't know very much about Fr. Barron, but practically everyone I know admires him, so I was ready to too.  I'd seen a few of his You Tube clips, which I found mostly sound and engaging, if not particularly deep.  He's plainly a thoughtful, sincere, orthodox Catholic priest with a gift for apologetics and a sympathetic openness to contemporary culture—which is ideal for the New Evangelization.  I was happy when I heard he'd been named Rector of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.

But I thought this

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Katie van Schaijik

Mark Shea jumps the shark on Paul Ryan

Aug. 13, 2012, at 9:38am

I'm not a fan of Mark Shea's.  He's too snide and sarcastic for my taste. His habit of berating fellow Catholics from a position of moral and intellectual superiority gets under my skin.  He writes as if everyone who doesn't see things exactly as he does must be insufficiently informed.  He lacks grace and nuance and receptivity.

Being aware, though, that we're on the same team, I usually deal with my distaste it by not following his column rather than taking him on directly.  But a post of his today at Patheos on Paul Ryan (linked by a facebook friend) goes beyond the pale.

He begins, as is his wont, with sneering sarcasm:

While everybody is busy having the vapors over exciting, dynamic 

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Jules van Schaijik

Phenomenology and the art of persuasion

Mar. 20, 2012, at 9:39pm

Karol Wojtyla's most important philosophical work, The Acting Person, is not easy to read. So when I picked it up again recently, I decided to use a book by Rocco Buttiglione, a former professor of ours and a close friend and collaborator of Wojtyla, as a guide to better understand it. That was a good decision. (Though sometimes I feel the need for a third book to help me understand Buttiglione!)

So far I am re-learning some things about the way in which Wojtyla approaches his topic (the human person). This approach is so fruitful and so central to the mission of the Personalist Project, that I thought I should highlight at least 3 characteristic features of it.

1. Learning from the

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