2010-11-05

Date: 
Friday, November 5, 2010

The Contested Sacred

Evils are horrendous only if they violate, profane, or destroy something sacred. To be sacred is to be worthy of reverence. It is appropriate to respond to sacred...

How He Believed

Barry Spurr’s “Anglo-Catholic in Religion”: T. S. Eliot and Christianity takes its title from Eliot’s famous 1928 declaration that he was “classicist in literature...

‘What Shall I Say to You?’

Although I hate to admit that I was ever unhappy in Africa, where I lived for twenty-six years, I have to confess that my first year as a Jesuit scholastic in...

Unabridged

As she made my café Americano, the tattooed barista at my favorite morning haunt glanced at the 1,161-page book I’d been toting for several weeks and gave me a wry...

The Invitation

With a huge Cheshire-cat smile on her face, Joan pressed the white envelope into my hand right after Mass. The word “confidential” was written next to my name. I...

Prophet of the Particular

In 1964 Wendell Berry turned his back on literary life in New York City, resigning from his teaching position in the English Department at New York University and...

Keeping Up Appearances

The Indian media had a ball in the months leading up to the recently completed Commonwealth Games, hosted by India for the first time. Every major newspaper and...

A Scheduled Miracle

“Nothing changes” is one definition of ritual. And top to bottom the Mass is still a ritual, with little room for deviation. The priest now does a few things he did...

St. Paul Testing Everything (Rom 8; 1 Thes 5:16–21)

                        Nor height nor depth nor...

Katyn’s contested legacy, Herbert McCabe

PUTIN'S POSTURING I wanted to thank John Connelly for his thoughtful analysis of an important issue in “The Ultimate Crime: Katyn and the Invention of Genocide” (...

The Audience

I respect Peter Quinn’s work, but along with Dimitri Cavalli (Letters, May 7), I must object to his treatment of the proposed canonization of Pius XII (“Why the...

Humanitarian Intervention

In the aftermath of the 1990s genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, an International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty was convened in...