2011-11-04

Date: 
Friday, November 4, 2011

Singer’s New Song

Peter Singer is one of the world’s most influential living philosophers, but he’s also philosophy’s most polarizing personality. When he was appointed a chair of...

‘Shew’ & Tell

The anchoress Julian of Norwich (c.1342–after 1416) is the earliest known woman writer in English. She claimed to have received a series of “shewings,” or...

The Diplomat

The papacy is an institution that matters, whether or not one is a religious believer. The succession of the popes, all 262 of them, is the world’s most ancient...

Dropped Call

The pintsized batter took an awkward swing with his aluminum bat, barely striking the ball with a faint clinking sound. His slow roller left the batter’s box,...

Simplifying Scandal

In July, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny delivered a stinging indictment of the Vatican’s handling of the sexual-abuse scandal in his country. Referring to a new...

More than a Refuge

Is it morally acceptable for agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—or local police, for that matter—to station themselves outside places of worship in...

Patriots & Vandals

American TempestHow the Boston Tea Party Sparked a RevolutionHarlow Giles UngerDa Capo Press, $26, 288 pp.Defiance of the PatriotsThe Boston Tea Party & the...

Walker Percy’s postmodern faith; the politics of abortion

Christianity after Christendom I was happy to see Andrew J. Bacevich refer to Walker Percy in his response to Robert P. Imbelli (“History, Hope & iPhones,”...

Missal Defense

This year, thanks to the adoption of the new translation of the Roman Missal, the First Sunday of Advent is looming like a date with a root canal. As I mentioned in...

Poor Little Soul

Poor little soul all lost: you were my guest, The fine friend of my flesh.               ...

An Economy of Care

What does it really mean to care about what one eats? Many Americans are obsessed with their diets, but not many—certainly not as many—seem to know much about the...

Left Behind

If, like myself, you are both a Catholic and a cultural snob and find it all too easy to sneer at Protestant fundamentalist sects that seem awash in bare-bones...