2009-09-11

Date: 
Friday, September 11, 2009

Memory & Hope

In his powerful homily at Senator Edward M. Kennedy's funeral, Fr. Mark Hession reflected on the Gospel reading from Matthew 25. The “works of the kingdom” (feeding...

Tortured Investigation

Last month saw the release of once classified memos related to the CIA's secret “enhanced interrogation” program, along with the CIA inspector general's 2004 report...

Looking Glasses

A religion of revelation understands God as addressing us from beyond our experience, not apart from it. It helped me to remember that when visiting what may be the...

Is He Fit?

Rowan’s Rule is Rupert Shortt’s second book on Rowan Williams, the 104th archbishop of Canterbury. His first was Rowan Williams: An Introduction (Darton Longman and...

Keep Listening

The globe is becoming interconnected at an increasingly quick pace. We are thinking differently about what it means to be human, individually and in community;...

Cutting Through the Cant

The great harm done by the promiscuous misuse of superlatives in American literary life is that when a truly superlative piece of work comes along, all the words...

Free to Be Fathers?

Home GameAn Accidental Guide to FatherhoodMichael LewisW. W. Norton & Co., $23.95, 192 pp.________________________________________ The Daddy Shift How Stay-at-...

Nature's Cathedrals

By now, you might think, celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns should be able to concoct historical documentaries in his sleep. With acclaimed series like The Civil War,...

War As Narcotic

The online “Urban Dictionary” tells me that a “hurt locker” is (1) an unfamiliar place where you wake up after a night of drunkenness; (2) a figurative place...

Do Women Have Souls?

“Woman has always been unfairly discriminated against by man,” commencement speaker Henry Edmunds told the Philadelphia High School for Girls class of...

My Chicago Catholic Bubble

Many people have written about Chicago and Chicago childhoods. For example, my college classmate Stuart Dybek churns out short stories in which forlorn children...
A girl altar server carries Pope Benedict XVI's zucchetto during his visit to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Rome

Passing On the Alb

I think by now it's safe to say that altar girls are a positive part of Catholic life. Young women who serve the priest at Mass benefit from taking an active...