2006-11-03

Date: 
Friday, November 3, 2006

Tomorrow's Priests

The Catholic priesthood in the United States stands at a crossroads. An increasingly sophisticated Catholic laity fills the church’s pews and staffs its ever-...

What Religion Is For

Some time ago I was in a pub in Australia when two cheerful men stopped by my table. They were older, friendly, both professors, and both, it turned out,...

Undue Process

In mid-October, President George W. Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which gives him the power to identify unlawful enemy combatants, to order...

Gambling Our Future

Not long ago, my wife and I were delayed in an airport in a university town. Across from us, a young woman settled herself to wait, pulled out her cell phone,...

Protecting Individual Rights

What is the most important moral test facing the United States today? In just a little over five years, the new century has presented us with many daunting...

Boston Massacre

I feel like an ingrate about The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s latest. Scripted by William Monahan, this is a cops-and-robbers melodrama that contains everything you...

Extreme Makeover: Museum Edition

Great museums are living institutions. They grow by acquiring quality art consonant with their own (think of the Met in New York), or reshape themselves for...

The Puzzling Pope

Recently, Vatican postage stamps, adorned from time immemorial with the papal triple crown, conveyed a different note: “Episcopus Romae,” Bishop of Rome. An...

Unclothed but Not Redressed

Claire Messud’s new novel, her third, is, sentence by sentence and paragraph by paragraph, a singing, Jamesian beauty. She does it all and does it like a...

Beyond Ideology

When Pope John Paul II arrived at the airport on his first trip to France in 1980, he scolded “the eldest daughter of the church” for being untrue...

Religion Booknotes

My copy of Columba Marmion’s Christ, the Life of the Soul-heavily underlined and annotated from use on retreats during my youth-is on somebody else...