2009-08-14

Date: 
Friday, August 14, 2009

Frank's Map

Among the distinguishing characteristics of Irish Catholics—in America as much as Ireland—was our version of omertà: the code of silence. We never opened our mouths...

Money for Nothing?

It’s anyone’s guess whether Dead Aid, the title of Dambisa Moyo’s new book, will become as famous a phrase as “Live Aid,” the 1985 rock music extravaganza that...

Profiles in Bigotry

As Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy geared up for the post-convention campaign in August 1960, twenty-five clerics quietly assembled in the Alps to draw up a plan...

A Face in the Crowd

In 1885 the Belgian artist James Ensor began a series of six drawings of the life of Christ. He titled them The Aureoles of Christ or the Sensibilities of Light....

Sound & Fury

In what is probably his best work, Heat, director Michael Mann turned a typical cops-and-robbers scenario into a war epic. The criminals led by Robert De Niro and...

Brooklyn, Bewitched

All Brooklyn is under a spell. Radios blare from every apartment—the game sounds as if it's being broadcast from one distorted loudspeaker—and the...

The Cost of Peace

The Obama administration is clearly determined to reverse Afghanistan's slide into chaos. Since January 2009 we have seen a new military commander and ambassador in...

Not Bold Enough

Benedict merely hints at what a charitable economic system would require. In his older work, Ratzinger was much bolder -- why not here?

Economics of Charity

Benedict's encyclical makes 5 distinct contributions to the church's social teaching, none of which should be narrowly interpreted for specific political purposes.

End of Discussion

I have taught ethics in the religion departments of several very different colleges and universities for quite a few years, and there are moments when I wish that I...

The Breath of Life

The idea that we must be as good as we can be to this damaged world is essential, as is the idea that it is damaged and that until it is restored in God's time, we...

In Defense of Politics

Benedict's first encyclical, anchored in the terms solidarity and subsidiarity, demands greater charity in our economic structures.