Too Much Sunshine?

Transparency has brought not openness but paralysis; the ability of legislative bodies to do their job requires a closed door behind which compromise can be reached.

Shared Commitments

Many people in the West who do not share Christian faith nonetheless share with Christians many of the key ethical values that energize democratic political life.

'One Moment of Reality'

During the last months of her life, Katherine Mansfield conceived of a different kind of writing—“stories that I would not be ashamed to show to God.”

Last Word: Flick, Flick

These idle moments when we used to be alone with our thoughts are being decimated by devices. A casual but crucial meditative dimension in our lives is disappearing.

Poem | The Instants

After last night’s rain, the world begun again—you know what I mean, you have been here often...

Letters | Francis & sexual abuse; sober history; knowing Jesus

Justice delayed I was not only disappointed in the editorial “Held to Account” (May 15)—about the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn—I was...

Robomance

Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" is a deceptive movie about deceptions, most of all about the very human tendency to deceive oneself in order to feel needed.

Ireland's 'Social Revolution'

It is a mark of how much has changed so quickly that Ireland's vote for gay marriage was the expected outcome, even if the breadth of that outcome was breathtaking.

Letter from Rome

Oscar Romero will be declared a martyr, Francis tells bishops to stop "trying to tell Catholics what to do all the time," and cardinals deny the pope has enemies.

Jeb Bush's Agony

Why have any sympathy for Jeb Bush? His apparent desire to stay true to his family ties. Loyalty is in short supply in our culture, so I admire it when I see it.

Fun While It Lasted

The dirty little secret of major-league banking is that it is not very profitable. And slowly, but inexorably, the behemoth American banks are shrinking.

Road to Nowhere

From "Mad Men"'s central narrative vision—a conjuring of 1960s advertisers at work and play—some plotlines meandered this way and that, only to hit a dead end.
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