2013-05-03

Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2013

Cross Purposes

Some years ago a Catholic friend shared with me an exchange he’d had with a Protestant acquaintance. The Protestant had pointed to a crucifix and said, “I don’t...

A Bronx Tale

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently remarked from the bench that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 perpetuated “racial entitlement,” his fellow Justice...

Outside the Law

Jess Bravin’s The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay traces the vexed history of the military commissions at Guantánamo, established...

Cruise Control

In early 2011, Lawrence Wright published a piece in the New Yorker describing both the recruitment of James Haggis by the Church of Scientology and his defection...

Sincerely, Alice

Cynthia Ozick (among many others) has called Munro “our Chekhov,” but "Dear Life" prompts the question: Who will be our Munro?

Before Camelot

I began reading this book fully expecting it to affirm my pre-existing low opinion of its protagonist. I finished it persuaded that Joseph P. Kennedy was easily the...

Eleventh Station—Christ Nailed to the Cross

Behold, God is no longer with us. He is on the ground. The frenzied pack has taken him by the throat like a stag. So You have come! You are really with us, Lord...

Readings for Writers

Richard Ford is the author of the novels The Sportswriter, Wildlife, Independence Day (which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and Lay of the Land...

Bridges to Somewhere

Remember that wasteful stimulus spending that the Obamaniacs pushed through Congress in early 2009? It was a potpourri of short-term measures aimed at generating...

Unfriendly Skies

Polls show that the vast majority of Americans do not want armed drones circling their own neighborhoods. Who could blame us for not wanting to be taken out by a...

Garry Wills & the priesthood

Odd JobEven though I have long been a fan of Garry Wills, I must agree with Fr. John F. Baldovin’s criticism of Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition (“Cult Hit,”...

Redeemed from Death?

As I begin what will be my seventh (!) decade as a Catholic, I find that I am less and less sure of what Catholics believe.Oh, I know our opinions. Especially...