2012-10-26

Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2012

Heaven’s Playlist

When Gregory XIX came to Rome after the papal election, he brought with him from his Burgundian monastery the violin on which he was accustomed to play Bach’s...

Roots

Each academic discipline has a handful of members whose every new publication is eagerly anticipated and enthusiastically received by their peers. In the field of...

Fellow Travelers?

Hazel Motes, the protagonist of Flannery O’Connor’s novel Wise Blood (1952), tries to found a new church, one without Christ. It will, he says, be a church “where...

Backdoor Humanitarianism

Here’s what I believe: If you plan for the most vulnerable, the world works better for everyone. Organize a busy street so a deaf child with a physical disability...

A More Beautiful Question

There is every reason in the world why this book should not exist. How can you write a breezy book about such a ponderous question? How can you do philosophy by...

Statecraft as Stagecraft

This October marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Cold War’s most dangerous confrontation, the Cuban Missile Crisis. It’s now clear that the drama held challenges...

Vatican II & the Catholic Vision

Memory LaneMy heart ached as I read Bernard P. Prusak’s article “Turning Point” (September 28). I was thirty-three years old when Vatican II opened. I was married...

Misaligned

Obama and America’s Political FutureTheda SkocpolHarvard University Press, $26.95, 195 pp.All in the FamilyThe Realignment of American Democracy since the...

Estate Sale

The first humiliation is waiting in line on the brick walkway, which is bordered in boxwood and leads up a few steps between pillars to the open front door. This is...

Tree Of Life

Between the devil and the deep blue sea—a tree, its branches whorledto snag the spinner sun mid-flightand glean from day’s glazed bowl of lighta skein of sugars for...

Dear Prudence

There has recently been much talk about whether Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget is faithful to the principles of Catholic social thought—or is instead a libertarian...

Mile-High Rhetoric

A complicated truth is often less useful to a politician than a simple half-truth delivered with confidence. It helps if the politician delivering the half-truth...