2011-10-21

Date: 
Friday, October 21, 2011

Celtic Crossroads

During a parliamentary debate this summer over the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual-abuse allegations, Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, railed against the “...

History, Hope & iPhones

Robert P. Imbelli I have long admired Andrew J. Bacevich’s writings. His style is limpid and often eloquent. His analyses are penetrating and challenging. One does...

Nearer to God

For many in the modern West, mysticism now means the same thing as mystification, referring to a twilight world of the irrational and paranormal. If there’s a...

All Told?

O Jackie! For once in her life, though long after her death, Jackie Kennedy has let us see the flesh-and-blood woman behind the black veil, and it’s plain unfair of...

Prophet of the Electric Age

When one thinks of Herbert Marshall McLuhan—literary scholar, communications theorist, extraterritorial celebrity, famed cameo extra in a Woody Allen movie—Roman...

The cardinal’s book; bargain issue

Mediating Structures William L. Portier’s measured and temperate review of Cardinal Francis George’s new book God in Action (“Challenging Caesar,” August 12) is to...

Powers & Principalities

In the seventh letter of his 1942 epistolary novel The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis nicely captures our benignly modern view of the devil. While giving tactical...

Lost Boy

On January 1, 1959, President Fulgencio Baptista fled Cuba, ousted by the guerrilla campaign of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Six weeks later, Castro was sworn in...

Clean Dry Dressing Q.D.

Unwind, unwrap, unfetter without fuss The clotted blood, the inspissated pus. Give healing room; grant air a fighting chance. Swab softly and forfend the avid lance...

Two Poems

Anagramist’s Song Notes, stone. A spider, despair.   Garden? Danger.   Eucharist? Ah curse it!   Desperation— a rope ends it. Palindromist’s Song Was...

Not Dead Yet

With this book, James Keenan takes his place alongside several of his Jesuit brothers who have cast light on the development of Catholic moral theology in the past...

Was He a Theologian?

Forty-three years after his untimely death, Thomas Merton remains one of the most compelling American Catholics of the past century. Most of his important books are...