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Prime Matters
Editorial Panel

In keeping with the best of our ancient Benedictine heritage, in which authors sign their work simply “a monk,” the editorial panel of Prime Matters remains anonymous, committed solely to articulating and awakening the Catholic imaginative vision for Catholics and all people of goodwill.

Published Pieces

A wooden crucifix in the desert

Radical Autonomy and the Principle of Formation

The principle of radical autonomy has gripped the imaginations of Westerners, but skews our vision of the Church and the Gospel.

Prime Matters
Jun 15, 2022
Fontevraud Gradual, also known as the "Gradual of Eleanor of Brittany," mid-thirteenth century

Guido of Arezzo

Guido of Arezzo solidified and improved musical notation, allowing for the sight-reading and rapid spread of music.

Prime Matters
Jun 9, 2022
Fiber optics cables

A Letter Concerning Catholic Physicists

What difference does it make if a professor of physics is a Catholic?

Prime Matters
Jun 9, 2022
Interior of the Basilica of St. Rita of Cascia

Cascia

The remote Italian town of Cascia is home to two great relics of late medieval origins: the incorruptible body of a local saint and the blood-stained pages of a Eucharistic miracle.

Prime Matters
Jun 2, 2022
United States Supreme Court

Fear, the Companion of Bigotry

Insistence on arguing for one’s cause in a limited set of ways indicates a refusal to expand one’s knowledge and accept new considerations.

Prime Matters
May 26, 2022
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina, Malta

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina

Standing above the location of the momentous meeting of Saints Paul and Publius, the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Mdina is the heart of the Church of the world's first Christian nation.

Prime Matters
May 26, 2022
Marie Ellenrieder's "Baptism of Lydia"

The Baptism of Lydia

One man's quiet obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and one woman's open heart initiated the world-transforming spread of Christianity throughout the European continent.

Prime Matters
May 19, 2022
Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava River in Prague

Charles Bridge

Political power and its best and political power at its worst collide in an iconic symbol of endurance.

Prime Matters
May 12, 2022
Statue of the resurrected Christ

The Rising of Christ’s Body

Wherever the Church seeks to live in the risen power of Christ Jesus, she retains her youthful vitality.

Prime Matters
May 12, 2022
Santa Maria Tonantzintla

Santa María Tonantzintla

Santa María Tonantzintla, referred to by Aldous Huxley as the most unique church in the Christian world, conveys a sense of the Christian cosmic order through its rich ornamentation.

Prime Matters
May 5, 2022