2013-03-22

Date: 
Friday, March 22, 2013

Articles in this issue

A Right, Not a Gift

The months leading up to the 2012 election saw a wave of attempts by Republican state legislators to suppress turnout among likely Democratic voters. A number of...

United Front

Even though prolife activist and law professor Helen Alvaré dismisses feminism in her introduction to Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak for Themselves, the...

High-Concept Verdi

All too often, ambitious opera directors move operas from one time and place to another in an attempt to “improve” them via this or that bold new concept. In 1976...

Papal retirement, celibacy, annulment, etc.

Benedict In RetirementAfter the shock of the pope’s surprise resignation I was initially inclined, like Joseph A. Komonchak (“Benedict’s Act of Humility,” March 8)...

Nathan Pitchford

I. Easter MondayMon chef majeur? He is the Holy Ghost,and Nathan asks, “Have you been born again?”Perhaps not. I have faith in Christ. AmenI say to you He comes...

Dot-dot-dot-dash

Matthew Guerrieri’s highly original book opens by asserting that Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony “might not be the greatest piece of music ever written...but it must be...

Pillheads

About fifteen minutes into Silver Linings Playbook, its hero, Pat Solitano—played by Bradley Cooper—is out jogging near his Philadelphia neighborhood when a young...

Family Guy

Great ExpectationsThe Sons and Daughters of Charles DickensRobert GottliebFarrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, 246 pp.The Great Charles Dickens ScandalMichael SlaterYale...

Regime Change

[Editor's note: William L. Portier's and Richard R. Gaillardetz's are the final in a special series of stories we are posting as the cardinals gather for the...

Letting Go

For Catholics and non-catholics alike, Pope Benedict's resignation -- a gesture of relinquishing power -- was done for the good of all.

Common Ground?

It was unthinkable, only three short months ago, that Washington’s long-estranged lawmakers would suddenly find themselves entranced by feel-good bipartisanship,...

Gamed

Badminton doesn’t usually garner much attention at the Olympics, but it did last summer, when millions across the globe watched the curious spectacle of world...