2008-09-12

Date: 
Friday, September 12, 2008

Articles in this issue

What Lasts

Edward Schillebeeckx, the renowned Dominican theologian, once asked, “What is a human life of at most between seventy and ninety years to the eternal God?” Although...

Distrusteeism

Toward the end of his splendid new history of Catholics in the United States (The Faithful, Harvard University Press), James M. O’Toole writes that the church of...

Consolation, lively parishes, McCain vs. Obama

SUFFERING WITH CHRIST Thank you for John Wilkins’s moving piece on suffering (“Hope Without Illusion,” August 15). Suffering has always been a mystery to me....

A Bishop Speaks

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson’s new book represents a signal accomplishment in the genre of writings by disgruntled ex-something-or-others. Even as Robinson retired in...

Waking Up

Daydream Believers How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power Fred Kaplan Wiley, $25.95, 256 pp.Heads in the Sand How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy...

Greed 101

If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t understand why the economy is such a mess. What you do know is that gas costs almost $4 a gallon, every trip to...

Bleak House

It seems safe to say that playwright Christopher Durang is no fan of the Catholic Church. But where would his plays be without it? Who but a cradle Catholic...

All Grown Up

Before last summer the public seemed indifferent to fictional films about the “war on terror” and its putative extension, the Iraq invasion. Lions for Lambs,...

An Editor Without Borders

On March 4, 2007, French TV news ended with the announcement of the death of Noël Copin, retired editor of La Croix, the French Catholic daily newspaper, which has...

The Rules of Engagement

Charles Taylor’s remarkable book A Secular Age achieves something quite different from what other writers on secularization have accomplished. Most have focused on...

Russia Rising

The ongoing crisis in Georgia has catapulted relations with Russia to a top place on the foreign-policy agenda. It has presented the United States—and the West more...

Dropping Out

A dozen years ago, I wrote my last column for Commonweal, “A Feminist Homemaker Confesses: Taking the Irony out of Housework.” Though someone else gave it the...