The Covadonga Review

The Catholic scholar and writer today finds himself with a lack of outlets for the talents which God has given him. Scholarly journals refuse to accept articles written in the Catholic spirit, and Catholic poets and storytellers whose works are explicitly Catholic cannot find publishers to accept their work. The Covadonga Review is meant to fill this need. Here Catholic authors need not fear writing historical and other works of scholarship or art which explicitly declare their Catholic perspective. Below is a list of the articles and works which the Review has accepted, in alphabetical order.

The Blood of Bulls and Heretics: State Religion and the Natural Law

Michael Edward Baron

In this penetrating and fascinating paper, Michael Baron examines the role of religion in the state according to the natural law. While the paper does not address the role of the Church in the state, since it concerns itself only with religion and the natural law, it answers many questions about the proper role of religion within the state, and provides the necessary framework for considering the proper role of Catholicism within the state, as well. pdf.

A Critique of Intellectual Property Rights

Dane Weber

This work is a coherent and articulate critique of the modern regime of intellectual property. Firmly based in the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, it was the inspiration for both the general project of Goretti Publications and for the philosophy which guides it. pdf.

Distributism and Modern Economics

Donald P. Goodman III

This article explores, in some detail, the basics of a sensible economic system and the problems with our current system. It focuses particularly on our society's obsession with money and confusion of money with wealth, and how distributism provides an answer to that confusion. Includes an easy introduction to economics based largely on Hilaire Belloc's definitions of wealth, labor, and capital. pdf.

The Economic Freedom Test

This little "test" provides a brief explanation of some distributist principles and tries to put modern material advantages in some due perspective. Simply answer a few simple questions about economic situation (mostly about employment and assets), all unindividualized, of course, and see one's own economic freedom score, compared to that of the average medieval peasant. This version of the test is essentially a beta; its version number will appear, however, only on this page, as well as on the changes page when new versions are uploaded. Any additions or corrections are, of course, most welcome. Version 1.0, 30 December 2006. HTML.

Individualism and the State

Donald P. Goodman III

This article offers a beginners' introduction to Catholic social teaching regarding the state and the role of the individual within it. It begins by quoting some prominent modern philosphers on the modern ideas in this field, then extensively cites St. Thomas Aquinas, drawing also on the social encyclicals, to explain the Catholic view. pdf.

The Mixed Blessing: Caritas in Veritate

Donald P. Goodman III

This article offers a brief analysis of Pope Benedict XVI's landmark social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate. It addresses the great value of the encyclical as well as its shortcomings from the perspective of a distributist devoted to Catholic social teaching and the reign of Christ the King. pdf.

In Praise of the Skirt

Donald P. Goodman III

This article gives a very brief, very light-hearted defense of the common (and commonly ridiculed) traditional Catholic idea that women should wear skirts either all, or at least most, of the time. It is short, and while it is philosophically fairly heavy, it is explained in such a manner that the layman should have little difficulty, and refrains from delving too deeply into the many issues it raises. pdf.

What is Culture?

Donald P. Goodman III

This article provides a introduction to a Thomistic consideration of the concept of "culture," attempting to learn the truth according to the method of St. Thomas Aquinas without rendering the work unattainable by the common man. Because, however, the common man is increasingly busy, a synopsis of the article should be able to patch into the proper line. This is a work in progress, and should not be considered to be Goretti Publications's "official" opinion. Version 1.2, 14 June 2009. pdf.