2008-08-15

Date: 
Friday, August 15, 2008

Bare Ruined Choir

The image of a living tortoise with diamonds affixed to its shell is one that tends to stick in the memory. This unhappy animal figures only briefly in Evelyn Waugh...

Same-sex marriage, Pius XII, Vatican II

A SOUND DECISION As one of the “self-described Catholics [who are] more accepting of homosexuality than members of many other religious groups,” and as an academic...

The Gift of Incompetence

Becoming Catholic, said one convert, is like trying to become Japanese. I wholeheartedly agree. I may know the lingo and lots of facts about the church, but after...

From Principle to Policy

The Option for the Poor in Christian Theology Edited by Daniel G. Groody University of Notre Dame Press, $35, 328 pp.United States Welfare Policy A Catholic...

A Grim Tour

Best known for his 1992 novel Clockers, Richard Price writes gritty and urbane police procedurals whose nuanced realism is informed by modern sociology. In Price’s...

Myth Buster

Last summer I was chatting with the old brother who serves as porter for the Jesuit house of biblical studies in Rome. I told him that I had heard a rumor that the...

‘To Stun the Soul'

We do not see light itself, but without it we see nothing at all. People speak of the golden light of Venice, the pale blue of Madrid, or the silver sheen of Cape...

Signs of Life

By way of setting the assumptions: Don’t expect real reform in the Catholic Church until the Roman curia is brought under control of local bishops. Vatican II...

Hope Without Illusion

In my London flat I have a copy of a striking depiction of the Crucifixion by the French artist Georges Rouault (d. 1958). A recent visitor stopped to study it....

Turkey's Dilemma

Even if one cares little about Turkey per se, one should still pay close attention to the recent dramatic events in that nation, as they may play a key role in the...

Health Care for All

With prospects quite good for a Democratic Congress and administration in 2009, the United States is on the brink of joining all other industrialized nations in...

Reasons for Our Hope

Many nonbelievers equate faith with certainty, or with a desire for explanations: how the world came to be, why the good suffer, etc. And it must be said that many...