2009-04-24

Date: 
Friday, April 24, 2009

More, Please

Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson sailed into New York Harbor under Dutch auspices. Three centuries later, an enterprising group of Jesuits launched a new...

Pulling Punches

I took a long look at my ten-year-old son yesterday. By most measures, he’s turning out just fine. Lean and muscular, he eats well, plays hard, reads beyond his...

History's Storm

In the fiction of Aleksandar Hemon, the dramatic tension lies not within one story but between competing stories. There is always a bigger story, properly called...

Righting the Rites

This thoughtful and judicious book by a prominent American liturgical scholar reports on and evaluates several now familiar critiques of the reform of Catholic...

Stumbling Blocks

The Much Too Promised Land America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace By Aaron David Miller Bantam, $16, 416 pp. Innocent Abroad An Intimate Account of...

Into the Cracks

A movie seems to take on a new life when it reappears on DVD. It gets re-reviewed, though only briefly, in little rectangular boxes in newspapers and entertainment...

Best-Practicing Catholics

A purchasing agent for the Archdiocese of New York is convicted in a $2-million kickback scheme. A priest supports his opulent lifestyle by pilfering $1.3 million....

Thou Shalt

Go into any gym and you’ll see people improving themselves. The woman on the biceps machine is building strength in that muscle, perfecting her natural attribute by...

Phantom Heresies

Classical theological terms like “the economy of Salvation” or “the economy of Redemption” have expanded their range of late, gaining resonance from our current...

The Vatican & Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

William E. May The February 13 issue of Commonweal featured an article by the Consortium of Jesuit Bioethics Programs, “Undue Burden? The Vatican & Artificial...

Tragic Consequences

Recent weeks have seen an alarming outbreak of gun violence in the United States. The April 3 massacre in Binghamton, New York, was particularly horrifying: Jiverly...

Remember Iraq?

President Barack Obama made an unannounced trip to Iraq earlier this month as an adjunct to his well-received diplomatic stops across Europe and Turkey. Speaking to...