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Benedict, Out of the Carnage

It’s time for Carnage 2015 in the UK, a nationwide series of college freshman pub crawls:

A girl lies passed out on the street, while another female student vomits on the pavement.

These pictures from across the UK show new students taking part in the controversial Carnage booze crawl.

The centres of Huddersfield, Lincoln and Bristol were taken over by young revellers enjoying their first taste of university life.

This year’s tour is given the title on flyer’s of Animal Instinct – Unleash Your Beast.

It will visit 36 towns and cities across Britain.

From Pope St. Gregory the Great’s Life of St. Benedict:

He was born in the province of Nursia, of honorable parentage, and brought up at Rome in the study of humanity. As much as he saw many by reason of such learning fall to dissolute and lewd life, he drew back his foot, which he had as it were now set forth into the world, lest, entering too far in acquaintance with it, he likewise might have fallen into that dangerous and godless gulf.

Therefore, giving over his book, and forsaking his father’s house and wealth, with a resolute mind only to serve God, he sought for some place, where he might attain to the desire of his holy purpose. In this way he departed, instructed with learned ignorance, and furnished with unlearned wisdom.

Somewhere in the UK right now, there is a young man or woman who is watching the Carnage, and who has an instinct to go the other way. Might he or she be the new and very different St. Benedict that the world awaits?

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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