Reading my Latin Mass Magazine, I find a review by Walter M. Hudson of Michael Burleigh’s Sacred Causes: The Clash of Religion and Politics, From the Great War to the War on Terror (Harper Collins, 2007). Tends to exonerate Pius XII, says reviewer, who is an interesting type, a U.S. Army “active duty Lt. Colonel” writing his Ph.D. dissertation in military history.
More later on this magazine, subtitled “the journal of Catholic culture and tradition.” It’s a quarterly with a bi-coastal identity — Ramsey, NJ for subscriptions, Santa Paula, CA for editorial submissions.
Its extended mission statement:
To make known the treasures of Catholicism within the context of a Western culture that is in the process of rejecting the Faith responsible for its greatness.
The Latin Mass magazine is one of the fastest growing Catholic periodicals in the country.
To offer an antidote to the universal phenomenon of an accelerating secularism that is hostile to the One True Church and the salvific charge given to it by our Lord.
To disseminate through a variety of disciplines the fullness of Catholic culture and fight against the corrupting influence of the compartmentalization of knowledge.
Some Key Means of Accomplishing the Mission:
Develop The Latin Mass journal into the intellectual arm of Catholics working for the return of the Church to tradition and authentic organic development.
Identify, develop and publish writers committed to Catholic liturgical, spiritual, theological and cultural traditions.
Organize educational conferences that will offer priests and faithful (often isolated because of their views and dispositions) a sense of hope and rekindle enthusiasm for grassroots propagation of the Faith.
Establish a study center(s) of well-formed priests who will live and work together on various research and publication projects that will assist the articulation of Catholic tradition. These same priests would:
• Host Catholic writers and journalists from around the world at the center(s).
• Develop the intellectual requirements for the journal and conferences.
• Welcome brother priests from around the world and provide them a
place to gain perspective through healthy priestly camaraderie.
More than a mouthful, but each issue (of two that I have in hand) has two or more arresting essays that command attention. More later . . .