2012-09-28

Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2012

Only Wonder Comprehends

I don’t think anyone who has seen the wonderful photo of the Earth in all its beauty suspended above the moon’s horizon has been unmoved—how could you be? I love...

A Fuller Life

To my friends and colleagues at the college where I teach, I’m the Wrong-Way Corrigan of the twenty-first century. Seven years ago, at the age of fifty-three, I...

Hospital mergers, Iran’s agenda, the pope in Cuba

Healthy DebateIn his article “Care Package” (August 17), Wayne Sheridan critiques Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s decision to halt the merger of state-owned...

Ecumenical

 “On the great book that’s titled Pheasant Huntingthis is the cover photo,” Steven says.Heavy cover varies from brown to baizesilvered with frost, with not an...

Pulling Up the Ladder

The United States is in the midst of a broad crisis of authority, with our most important institutions and the elites who run them facing a huge deficit of public...

Vacation

Beyond my pillowthe Arnostalls.Carp are still.No current disclosessource from destination.Spring and seapauselike two middle-agedshoppers comparingthe virtues...

Crossing Boundaries

Craig Harline’s captivating book about the family dynamics of conversion gives the reader a three-for-one. Interwoven chapter by chapter are two stories: the...

Unhappy Campers

Nearly a year after it began, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), which quickly turned into the larger Occupy movement, continues to confound the media in ways small and...

The Clash

Music serves as a metaphor for change in Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World. Rap and hip-hop challenge religious taboos and provide “the...

‘Pray Only to Allah!’

A chance conversation at an ancient shrine in East Java helped me understand Indonesia’s tradition of religious pluralism—and the Islamic puritanism that now...

Turning Point

In the fall of 1965, I worked in the final session of the Second Vatican Council. A young priest and doctoral candidate, I was tasked with distributing documents...

Faithful Ferryman

Joseph Cunneen, a longtime contributor to Commonweal, passed away in his sleep on July 29. He was eighty-nine years old. The son of an attorney and a teacher, Joe...