Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce a senior contributor to Crisis. He is director of book publishing at the Augustine Institute, editor of the St. Austin Review, and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. An acclaimed biographer and literary scholar, his latest book, Benedict XVI: Defender of the Faith, is newly published by TAN Books. His website is jpearce.co. Joseph Pearce’s latest book, The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: History in Three Dimensions, is newly-published by Ignatius Press.

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African American Heroes of the Faith

Mother Mary Lange’s loyalty to the Catholic Faith and her tireless life of service to Christ and the Church He had founded was evident throughout her life.

A Neglected Novelist

It would be good for today’s Catholics to know more about Maurice Baring and to discover what they’ve been missing in their ignorance of his work. 

The Unsung St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Owen was one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, killed during the reign of King James I.

Unsung Heroes of Christendom

We need to recognize those lesser-known saints whose lives of heroic self-sacrifice have been forgotten, the heroes who helped build Christendom.

Hilaire Belloc Revisited

Trying to encapsulate the scope of Hilaire Belloc’s achievement in a brief essay is akin to trying to capture the immensity of the seas that he sailed in the finiteness of the flagons from which he imbibed.

The Challenge of Charity

As a young man, I was consumed by anger at the state of the world and hated those I thought responsible. Save me, Lord, from falling into that trap today regarding the Church.

Father Elijah in a Nutshell

One of the particular strengths of Father Elijah is the way in which O’Brien brings his eponymous hero to fully-fledged and fully-fleshed life.

Declare in a Nutshell

Tim Powers, the author of “Declare,” stands out from the crowd of contemporary novelists because he is a faithful Catholic who has somehow managed to swim in the toxic mainstream without compromising his faith or principles.

Vinland in a Nutshell

Some authors and some books are not as well-known as they should be. This is indubitably the case with George Mackay Brown and his tour de force of a novel: Vinland.

The Violent Bear It Away in a Nutshell

Flannery O’Conner’s modus operandi as a writer was the employment of violence and the grotesque to shock her readers out of their somnambulant indifference to truth.

Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces in a Nutshell

C.S. Lewis called Till We Have Faces “my best book” and “far and away the best I have written.” He said it was the “favourite of all my books.”

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