2011-06-03

Date: 
Friday, June 3, 2011

Epiphanies, Sort of

British writer Tom McCarthy’s novel C provided me with my most ecstatic book experience of the past year. This ecstasy didn’t come from reading the book but from...

On the Road

Becoming Americans is a collection of eighty-five accounts of immigration to the United States. Although its title might suggest something triumphalistic, the book’...

A Kind of Justice

“Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama told the world in announcing that U.S. commandos had raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden,...

Departures

A friend coined a phrase to describe anything that is a cut above mediocrity but falls well short of excellence: “very OK.” And that’s what I would call the latest...

Religion Booknotes

Yves CongarEssential WritingsEdited by Paul LakelandOrbis, $20, 208 pp.It is hard for younger Catholics to appreciate how revolutionary the nouvelle théologie was...

The Original Gift

We usually see the pictures hanging on our walls only out of the corner of an eye as we’re hurrying past them. But every once in a while, we pause, look up from our...

George Weigel; same-sex marriage; ‘House’ priests

SKEPTICAL George Weigel’s argument in his America essay “The Just War Case for the War” (March 31, 2003), on the occasion of the invasion of Iraq, rested...

Censure or Critique?

In late March, the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a critique [PDF] of theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson’s 2007...

Core Meltdown

Barack Obama’s election to the presidency seemed to confirm an old theory of American politics proposed by the elder Arthur Schlesin-ger—that the economic/political...

Guilt Trip

A review of the novel 'Maine' by J. Courtney Sullivan.

A Death to Celebrate?

During the Middle Ages—the historical context for the rise of what would come to be known as the “just war” tradition—violence under any circumstance was deemed a...

Two Poems

FaithThe Italian way with the knife is done.But what about this sleeveless, rickety LPat the bottom of my father’s dusty stacks?—Alessandro Moreschi, The Last...