On Sunday I received a request from a Catholic blogger for my suggestions for readings in regard to the Spanish Civil War, a subject which I have always found fascinating. Here is my response:
The go to man on the Spanish Civil War is Stanley Payne. He has been writing on the conflict since the Fifties. He interviewed many of the leaders of the various factions in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. Originally a man of the Left, I think it would be fair now to call him a conservative, but what he is above all is a first class historian.
The continuing Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) is breaking new ground by honoring a non-Catholic blog today.
No, no, no, I will no longer entertain any submissions for the National Catholic Reporter, The Tablet, U.S. Catholic, or America Magazine for this award. This is a serious category and I will not tolerate such ornery suggestions.
Where were we, ah yes. . . there are a few notable exceptions to our separated brothers and sisters in Christ in the Protestant Blogosphere.
VirtueOnline, Mere Comments, and yes Get Religion come to mind.
But the winner of this rapidly-becoming prestigious award does more than be almost Catholic, he actually defends Catholic Church teaching when under assault from the world. That cannot be said for some aforementioned “Catholic” blogs.
As much as this particular blogger reads like a solid orthodox Catholic blog, he is resistant to put his swim-trunks on to jump the Tiber. Yet he is able to show to the world, more so than his state’s motto, that timeless Truths always lead back to the Church that Jesus established with Saint Peter as its Rock.
His wit is quick and his humor dry and to the point, he certainly reflects his proud patrimony he inherited from Canterbury.
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Most Catholic Non-Catholic Blog in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .