2007-05-18

Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2007

Of Monks & Madmen

There has been a lot written about Into Great Silence, a film which shows the life of monks in the Carthusian monastery of Le Grande Chartreuse. I saw it not long...

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Every week for the past five years, there have been news stories of U.S. soldiers being killed in Iraq or Afghanistan; stories of Israeli Jews either attacking...

Abortion Conundrums

Last month’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Gonzales v. Carhart) upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which prohibits a procedure used...

Fellow Traveler

She called herself a “merchant princess and trafficker in crucifixes.” And so she was, entrepreneur extraordinaire, friend of Dorothy Day, social...

Forbidden Fruit

When Saparmurat Niyazov, the self-proclaimed Turkmenbashi, “Father of all Turkmen,” and president for life of Turkmanistan, died last December 21,...

The Sobrino File

In March, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a “notification,” or warning, about the teachings contained in two books of...

Bogs of War

Though The 300 was adapted from a Frank Miller graphic novel rather than from the histories of Herodotus or Plutarch, the Miller version (which I haven’t...

An Unfinished Agenda

The Declaration on Religious Freedom (Dignitatis humanae) was one of the most controversial documents issued by the Second Vatican Council. Before the council...

No Excuse

Pius XII failed to speak out against the Nazi murder of Jews because he feared making things even worse. German bishops failed to condemn Nazi atrocities...

Real Absence

It is popular these days to ask how traditional Christian beliefs and practices are faring in a postmodern world. A book that offers a postmodern reflection on...