2007-11-23

Date: 
Friday, November 23, 2007

Among the Brutes

In Fathers and Sons, Alexander Waugh tosses out the old maxim, “Know thyself!” and replaces it with “Know thy roots!” Grandson of...

Fallen Heroes

Somewhere in the ether of critic Clive James’s imagination is a dowdy mitteleuropäisches coffeehouse where the shades of twentieth-century Western...

My Dark Night

Some years ago I read that Mother Teresa had told New York’s John Cardinal O’Connor that the best way for him to help her would be to pick up a...

Her Dark Night

The media was agog that Mother Teresa suffered fifty years of anguish. Time, NPR, and other middlebrow oracles reported solemnly, but with great fascination,...

Darwin, God, Iraq & more

LETTING GOD OFF THE HOOK? In his unfavorable review of my book The Edge of Evolution (“Faulty Design,” October 12), the...

A Priest Forever?

Belief A Memoir N. John Hall Frederic C. Beil, $24.95, 256 pp. _____________ Padre The Spiritual Journey of Fr. Virgil Cordano Mario...

Vital Signs

  Once upon a time, U.S. Catholics thought that when they referred to the church they meant the entire community, the people of God. Frank Harrison, bishop of...

Provocateurs

It is fitting that John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, prominent U.S. foreign-policy and international-relations experts who teach at the University of Chicago...

Hope Abandoned

Beautiful. Suspenseful. Sensual. Psychologically acute. All these words apply to Lust, Caution. But one more must be added: desolating. Indeed, this latest...

Mind the Gap

Recent studies point to a growing gap between the way American Catholic laypeople and priests understand their roles in the church. What is the nature of this...

The Other Health Crisis

It’s been a rough year in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, where I have been a priest since 1984. Recently the archdiocese announced the closing of the...

Le Bulldozer

What is the fate-“grace,” some would say-that brings a fourteen-year-old named Aaron, grandson of a Polish rabbi and the son of humble French...