2008-03-28

Date: 
Friday, March 28, 2008

Articles in this issue

Easter in Baghdad

During Holy Week of 2004 I was in Baghdad, where I worked as coordinator of the Iraq program for the Mennonite Central Committee. That was the week that the...

A Faithful Striving

In her 1952 spiritual autobiography, The Long Loneliness, Dorothy Day (1897–1980) described her early habit of keeping a diary: “When I was a child, my sister and I...

The Great Divide

Regardless of who wins the presidency in November 2008, rethinking the premises of U.S. military policy will be an urgent priority. Grasping the scope of the...

Note from the Good Thief

Strictly speaking, Luke 23: 32, 39–43 had my story right: “When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the...

Stop It

Earlier this month President George W. Bush addressed the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. His speech offered a troubling, though familiar, defense of...

The Proof

When I was in college, a Catholic friend once asked me what more he could do, besides pray, for someone who admired Christian belief, had heard most of the best...

Catastrophe Looms

The superb Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days uses the subject of abortion the way Brokeback Mountain dealt with homosexual love: as a springboard to...

Empty Trenches

For historians, debating the causes of wars is a kind of endless intramural sport. Less common are debates over the causes of peace. Now James J. Sheehan, a...

The 'New' Feminism?

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Mulieris dignitatem, Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter on the dignity of women and a lynchpin of his effort to...

Religion Booknotes

The Decline of the Secular University C. John Sommerville Oxford University Press, $22, 160 pp. In The Decline of the Secular University, C. John Sommerville...

Confession, monasticism, welfare, prisons

THE TIME HAS COME Raymond C. Mann points out that the long lines for confession are gone and no other form of reconciliation has come about (“The Empty Box,”...

An Art of Dislocation

For over twenty years, in half a dozen novels, Richard Russo has followed the examples of William Faulkner and William Kennedy in choosing a single geography for...