2005-12-16

Date: 
Friday, December 16, 2005

Devils, Dust & God

From the rising death toll in Iraq to the chaos created by Hurricane Katrina to the devastating earthquake in Kashmir, this year has been one of unthinkable grief....

How to Be Good

Pope John Paul II’s legacy requires and deserves critically appreciative rumination for many generations to come. Charles Curran’s book is the first, and...

'Suck It Up'

In July, news accounts reported the death of retired Navy Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale. Known to the public as Ross Perot’s ineffectual 1992 vice-presidential...

How Should Judges Judge?

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s elegant little book has gotten a lot of press. The reason for the buzz is that the view of constitutional interpretation that...

Gaining Perspective

In the 1430s, when the Florentine painter Fra Angelico was at the peak of his career, he composed a three-panel painting of the Last Judgment. The left panel,...

Two to Tango

“I loathe you!”“And I despise you!”Pause. Kiss.That’s the heartbeat (or love/hatebeat) of Pride and Prejudice and it has kept the novel and all its stage and movie...

Quiet, Please

"By way of promoting active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalmody, antiphons, and songs, as well...

Inside the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis (1898–1963), always multi-faceted and versatile, continues to elude definition and provoke controversy. A major polemicist and great proselytizer, Lewis...

Abuse in Philadelphia

For a while, it seemed as if the Philadelphia Archdiocese had escaped relatively unscathed from the sexual-abuse scandals that devastated the Boston Archdiocese and...

Gay Seminarians

The recent instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education regarding the ordination of homosexuals suggests to me that seminaries are hardly the best place...

Letter vs. Spirit

When discussing Supreme Court nominees, President George W. Bush has long repeated the mantra: he wants judges who “will strictly apply the Constitution and laws,...