Category Archives: Blog

A Coda on COV&R in Innsbruck (present and past…)

Bleary eyed after 24 hours of travel from Austria to San Francisco the accumulated work of two weeks away from the Cornerstone Forum office awaits me. Before I dig into the pile of paper, emails, and related chores I would … Continue reading

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A California Yankee in Innsbruck

The Colloquium on Violence and Religion’s 2019 conference is winding up what seems to have recently become its annual attempt to distance itself from René Girard’s Christian and Catholic sensibilities. That this is done in the name of Girard’s understanding … Continue reading

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Found on a wall in the village of Ein Karem

During my visit to Israel, ahead of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion conference in Austria, I spent two days as the guest of the Sisters of the Rosary in the village of Ein Karem. This is the place traditionally … Continue reading

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Patriotism or Hatriotism

In commemoration of America’s celebration of Independence Day Gil Bailie posted a link on the Cornerstone Forum’s Facebook page to a book review written by Tim Rice of Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, by Wilfred … Continue reading

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An intimate conversation

The brilliant philosopher, Edith Stein, found Catholicism to be – not the alternative to her Judaism, but its fulfillment. It is conceivable that the genesis of that conversion occurred quite by accident (or was it providence) when she happened to … Continue reading

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The Longing…

C. S. Lewis: The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country … the place where I ought to have … Continue reading

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Now CDs come with free MP3s

The Cornerstone Forum webstore is now adopting the ‘industry standard’ for online sales of audio materials. All sales of CDs will come with free downloadable MP3  audio files. When a customer completes an order for any CD material from our … Continue reading

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Florilegium

“Sooner or later, all nihilism destroys itself from within with the frightening question, ‘What for?’ And sexual nihilism with, ‘And then?’ The insane and the maniacs are multiplying; how distressing it is to accept their vision as the norm because … Continue reading

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Suffering: A New Situation

I gave a short talk at the Good Friday service at my parish on the question of vicarious suffering. I spoke from notes, but I began with this: In the David Mamet film Heist, the dubious character played by Danny DeVito … Continue reading

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Eastertide

  Why did it take the resurrection to save us? Listen to the streaming audio recording of Gil Bailie’s Emmaus Road Initiative presentation given at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in 2009. Without the bodily Resurrection of Christ, … Continue reading

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