2012-10-12

Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2012

Endless War

Here’s what you need to know about the forthcoming presidential election: Whoever you vote for in November, you won’t be voting for peace. Just as there is no...

Promises, Promises

The debate over embryonic stem cells will surely go down in history as one of the great struggles of...well, what was (and is) it all about? It can be read as a...

Just Below the Surface

November 2008 answered once and for all the question of whether the country would ever elect an African American president, even as it opened up new questions about...

Starting Over

I’m a recession story, or at least I was. In 2008 I lost my job, in 2009 my apartment. I spent nineteen months off the economic radar. As an unemployed office...

Henri de Lubac, Catholics & politics, etc.

Straight to the SourceHenri de Lubac, SJ, was one of the most influential and prolific Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. Robin Darling Young (“An...

Imagine the Crucifixion Itself

I don’t want to look.Besides, why think ofjust one death whenthis morning 300 in Cairo—for example.Besides,I need to be ableto turn to the class tomorrowand say...

Nowhere Man

The writing career of Paul Theroux—twenty-some novels, countless short stories, and many books of travel—now spans four decades and shows no signs of slowing down....

‘Hell Reigns’

Although the Austrian novelist Joseph Roth died less than a hundred years ago (in 1939), he speaks to us today as if from another world. He was born in 1894 in...

Outvoted, Not Persecuted

It has been fifty years since John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council with a clear signal that the long era of what some call “Constantinianism”—in which the...

The Age of Regret

Given its overwhelmingly young audience demographic, it’s interesting to see what Hollywood does when it gets its hands on the unsettling themes of old age....

Displaced History

Elend, the German word for misery, has its roots in an ancient word that means being without a place, which reminds us that homelessness has always been one of...

Bishops or Branch Managers?

No reforming project exercised the pope and bishops at Vatican II (1962–65) more than collegiality—the doctrine that the church is governed by the college of...