2007-04-20

Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2007

A Hard Act to Follow

The hardcover dust jacket of Them: A Memoir of Parents features a glamorous couple dancing, an arresting photograph taken in soft focus but reproduced with a...

Solution Postponed

More than thirty-four years ago, in The Shape of the Church to Come, Karl Rahner issued a prescient warning concerning the future of the priesthood. “...

Family Secrets

I spent the first eight years of my life in a Catholic orphanage. My birth mother became pregnant at fifteen, and her father sent her to a home for pregnant...

Europe at the Crossroads

I find it terrible,” explained a leading Dutch historian to journalist Ian Buruma, “that we should be offering social welfare or subsidies to...

Driven

Do you remember the Clifford Irving scandal of long-ago 1971? The episode by now is little more than a footnote on a page of dreary American history, with...

Signs of Our Times

Some of the photographs discussed in this essay can be viewed at the Web site for the book Bible Road . Fifty years after Flannery O’Connor took a...

Vengeance Time

In November of last year, the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, released the names of twenty former priests about whom the diocese found “credible or...

The Dawkins Delusion

While many Americans know Oxford professor and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins for The Selfish Gene, the 1976 science bestseller that portrayed all life...

The Right to Unionize

There are few economic issues on which Catholic social teaching is clearer than it is on the value of organized labor. In the church’s view, unions are both an...

Abortion Politics

One of the findings of my new book, If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear, is unlikely to rock readers of Commonweal: In...

HOW OTHERS SEE US

Lent and Easter bring out the usual rash of news stories about Christianity, and especially about the Catholic Church. If it’s not the promotion of the...

Bishops & Their Critics

President George W. Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq was initially supported by a host of liberals, among them New Republic editor Peter Beinart...