Fr. Hugh Barbour

Father Hugh is prior of St. Michael’s Abbey in Trabuco Canyon, California.

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  • Dante’s <em>Human</em> Comedy
    December 2014

    Dante’s Human Comedy

    Prima sedes a nemine indicator: “The First See is judged by no one.” Thus reads Canon 1404 of the current Code of Canon Law of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, and Canon 1556 of the previous code.

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  • Do Homosexuals Exist? Or, Where Do We Go From Here?
    July 2013

    Do Homosexuals Exist? Or, Where Do We Go From Here?

    In March of this year over a million Frenchmen demonstrated on the streets of Paris against the legal institutionalization of gay marriage.

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  • On Dueling, Divorce, and Red Indians
    February 2010

    On Dueling, Divorce, and Red Indians

    In February 1861, Joseph Sadoc Alemany, the first Roman Catholic bishop of the state of California, wrote an urgent pastoral letter to his flock.

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  • September 2009

    The School of History

    The seven founders of the abbey had fled their native kingdom of Hungary in 1950 when the anti-Christian reprisals and “land-reform” initiatives of the new communist regime finally moved to close down their 660-year-old mother abbey of Csorna near Györ.

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  • Fr. Stanley Jaki, R.I.P.

    When the 18-year-old Stanley Jaki entered the archabbey of Pannonhalma in western Hungary to become a monk, he would have seen over the great entrance to the conventual complex an image that still may be seen there today, a summary of the “enlightened” Viennese policy for regular clergy.

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  • March 2009

    Moonstruck Morality Versus the Cosmos

    January 25 of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the surprise announcement of Pope John XXIII that he intended to convoke a general council. From 1959 to 1962, the soon-to-be-jettisoned constitutions and decrees that would have been discussed were composed by preparatory committees of eminent Roman theologians.

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  • <i>Sola Scriptura</i>: The Case for the Crusades
    December 2008

    Sola Scriptura: The Case for the Crusades

    Confronted by the rise of insurgent Islam and the political reality of jihad, many Christians, eager to formulate a response, have turned to the Crusades. Can the rationale for the Crusades be transferred to, or imposed on, the “War on Terror”?

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  • The Burden of Racial Guilt: A New Declaration of Independence
    November 2008

    The Burden of Racial Guilt: A New Declaration of Independence

    The political philosophers of the Enlightenment, even as they rejected the ancient Roman Christian polity of Europe, were still determined in their understanding of the status quaestionis by the perspective of Christian theology, which understands human society in terms of original justice and Original Sin.

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  • December 2007

    Throne and Altar

    My father, God rest his soul, was very fond of Thai food, with its quickly sautéd noodles and peppery élan. Not far from his condominium in the Rossmore section of Los Angeles, there was a practically endless selection of Thai places.

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  • Liberality, the Basis of Culture
    August 2007

    Liberality, the Basis of Culture

    “Go day, come day. Lord, send Sunday.” My paternal grandmother could be counted on to say these words at least once per week.

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  • July 2007

    A Dirge for the Living

    Since I am writing about death, I think I may begin with my own life. Autobiography is, after all, a kind of first-person eulogy for the living.

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  • The Cardinal Vicar
    April 2007

    The Cardinal Vicar

    Twenty-one centuries will have passed since He promised to come in His glory, 21 centuries since His prophet wrote, “Behold, I come quickly.” For centuries, then, men had beseeched Him with faith and fervor, “O Lord our God hasten Thy coming.”

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  • September 2006

    Educated at Home

    This has been a happy time: I’ve spent all day with my family, eaten a fine meal, played with my grandchildren, been to a baptism, and I went to communion.” These were the words of my uncle—with their telling rhetorical climax—on leaving his sister’s house in Eastern North Carolina one Sunday evening last fall.

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  • The Perpetual Family
    May 2006

    The Perpetual Family

    The first time I ever visited Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, it was in the company of a pretty Irish-American girl from Massachusetts named Evelyn. Her father was some kind of Democratic politician back home.

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  • Latter-Day Beggars
    March 2006

    Latter-Day Beggars

    Roman beggars, like Roman gypsies and Roman cats, not to mention Roman prostitutes warming themselves by their little winter chestnut fires, are the bearers of an ancient tradition, peculiar to the City of the Seven Hills, the kaput mundi, which even her membership in the European Union has not yet abolished.

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  • The Loving Look
    December 2005

    The Loving Look

    One warm, late-summer afternoon in Eastern North Carolina, a few hundred primary-school children poured out of their classrooms and waited for their buses to take them far and wide around the county.

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  • For Fear of the Wolves

    Pope Benedict XVI, in an appeal to the sheep newly his own on the day of his enthronement, said, “Pray for me that I may not flee for fear of the wolves.” We can be sure he knows who these wolves are after a quarter-century as head of the Holy Office.

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  • March 2005

    Of Masons, Magic, Monks, Medicine, and Marriage

    My maternal grandfather was a very practical man, an entrepreneur with a self-made fortune, a local mayor, philo-Dixiecrat, devoted to his wife and three daughters. His habitual reading was the Raleigh paper and the local small-town daily (which, by some miracle, still exists).

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  • Finding Eden
    December 2004

    Finding Eden

    I have been a citizen of the sovereign state of California for most of my life. I can guarantee you, Alta California is not merely a result of the proverbial dreamin’, a state of mind, but an actual place.

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  • Thomas Fleming and Mother Teresa: Undoubted Motives in the Morality of Everyday Life
    September 2004

    Thomas Fleming and Mother Teresa: Undoubted Motives in the Morality of Everyday Life

    My more than ten years as diocesan censor librorum—was it this past distinction that gained me the happy task of writing this review?—would lead me to grant Thomas Fleming’s The Morality of Everyday Life: Rediscovering an Ancient Alternative to the Liberal Tradition an imprimatur after a few nugatory adjustments, but what a book such as this really needs is a condemnation.

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