The following are various online resources that I highly recommend checking out. These are websites, blogs, or podcasts and video channels with substantial content.
*The Medieval Professor does not endorse any or all of these pages or their content.
**Content descriptions are taken generally from their own sources.
***Arranged below in alphabetical order.
This is an online magazine that examines culture, politics, and economics from a distributist perspective. Founded in 2007 by John Médaille and Richard Aleman, the DR is an apostolate devoted to education, evangelization, and Catholic social teaching.
Along with traditional distributist arguments in favor of widespread productive property, guilds, cooperatives, and so forth, their authors also address specific public policy issues affecting modern family fragmentation: payday lending, surrogacy, human trafficking, immigration, unemployment, student debt, homelessness, and the environment.
Distributism was formulated in the early 20th century by Hilaire Belloc and G.K. Chesterton as an economic theory and a genuine expression of the social teachings of the Catholic Church according to Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum [and later, Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno]. Its key tenet is that ownership of the means of production should be as widespread as possible rather than being concentrated in the hands of a few owners (Capitalism) or in the hands of state bureaucrats (Socialism). – John Médaille
Non declinavit ad dextram sive ad sinistram (turning not to the right or to the left)
The Josias was founded by a small community seeking to articulate an authentically Catholic political stance from which to approach the present order of society. Their goal is to make this site a working manual for those who wish to bring their faith into the public square and resist the tides of liberalism, modernism, and ignorance of tradition which have, in the past century, so harmed the Church and tied her hands in the struggle to advance the social reign of Christ.
The Josias holds to a political view called Integralism:
Catholic Integralism is a tradition of thought that rejects the liberal separation of politics from concern with the end of human life, holding that political rule must order man to his final goal. Since, however, man has both a temporal and an eternal end, integralism holds that there are two powers that rule him: a temporal power and a spiritual power. And since man’s temporal end is subordinated to his eternal end the temporal power must be subordinated to the spiritual power.
On their Blog they offer more ephemeral reflections on various topics, applications of principle to current events, responses to common questions and objections, and reviews of books and works of fine art. Finally, they have a Podcast, where they discuss these topics and debate with each other and with guests.
ONE PETER FIVE
Rebuilding Catholic Culture. Restoring Catholic Tradition.
OnePeterFive is a major resource for traditional (while contemporary) Catholic thought. Their articles cover a very broad spectrum and are a good resource for delving deeper into traditional Catholic piety. They have countless writers and contributors, and of very high caliber. It’s one the biggest online resources for traditional Catholic commentary. In their own words:
OnePeterFive exists as a place to begin rebuilding the Catholic ethos. We’re not just here to zero in on the problems, but to offer concrete solutions. We want to restore Catholic culture, rebuild the Church as a patron of the arts, reinvigorate the family and the traditions that keep it strong, reform the liturgy, support vocations, dust off the old devotions and make them relevant again. We want to help infuse the world with beautiful music, inspiring art, families that pray together, parishes centered around the Eucharist, strong communities, and a new generation of Catholics who can effectively bring the Gospel message to a world hostile to that message.
Their writers come from diverse backgrounds, but share a common goal: to work together to restore the beauty, majesty, and glory of the Catholic Church as the principal force for good in a fallen world.
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