2008-04-11

Date: 
Friday, April 11, 2008

Sealed In, Yet Soaring

In Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris (known also as The Hunchback of Notre Dame), there is a chapter called “The Rat Hole.” The term refers to a hermit’s...

Aggiornamento Adjourned

After Forty Years Vatican Council II’s Diverse Legacy Edited by Kenneth D. Whitehead St. Augustine’s Press, $20, 330 pp. Vatican II Did Anything Happen? Edited by...

Exit Plan

Let’s face it, we all negotiate with God. When we’re stricken with an illness, or have a child in jeopardy, or find ourselves in the trenches—where, as we’re told,...

Bad Connection

Since 9/11, Congress has acceded to nearly every administration demand when it came to weighing civil liberties against intelligence-gathering in the “war on terror...

Mystery or Mystification?

A couple of years ago I received two requests. The first: to preside at a Latin novus ordo Mass, the post–Vatican II rite in Latin. The second: to say a funeral...

The Lord & Taylor

When I was a student at Williams College in the 1990s, Professor Mark C. Taylor was the big man on campus, the intellectual figure to reckon with. If a book had...

Beyond Utterance

Elizabeth Johnson’s She Who Is is a foundational text for feminist theology, and thus for theology in general. In her new book, Quest for the Living God, she offers...

Body Language

In his new book Twentieth-Century Catholic Theologians, the Dominican Fergus Kerr questions the wisdom of moving the nuptial meaning of the body, which builds on...

Confession, Catholic colleges, Obama

PRACTICED, WHEN PREACHED In “The Empty Box” (February 29), Rev. Raymond Mann gives his view of why the practice of confession has fallen off. I have a different...

Touching the Untouchables

When Baba Amte died here in India in February, at the age of ninety-three, he was remembered as the champion of people affected by leprosy. The morning of his...

They're Getting Warmer

In past elections, voting guides for Catholics, written from both ends of the political spectrum, have focused on hot-button issues like abortion, gay marriage, war...

Material Guy

Philosophers of mind these days don’t usually have much to say one way or the other about religion. This is because most of them think that a complete inventory of...