2011-01-28

Date: 
Friday, January 28, 2011

Fitting Service

The candidate to be ordained deaconess is presented to the bishop.... As she bows her head the bishop imposes his hand...praying: “Holy and almighty God, who by the...

Flawed Reflection

There’s a small but memorable photo in the National Portrait Gallery’s “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” on display until February 13, and...

Mandating Health Insurance

A great national debate is about to be played out in the Supreme Court. The question presented is whether we may all be required to buy insurance under the Obama...

The God of Ambition

They say you can’t find atheists in foxholes. You find even fewer in jail. A soldier can try to leave the battlefield; inmates have no such option. It’s a cliché...

Cruel & Unusual

A decade ago, in November 2000, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a pastoral statement titled Responsibility, Rehabilitation, and Restoration: A...

Worth Taking a Chance

"Americans love locking people up," says Ann Graham, the founder and onetime director of a program for former prisoners called Prodigal Sons and Daughters. The...

Cremation, mysticism, Web worries

FUNERAL RITES In response to Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s “Good Grief” (December 3, 2010), I would like to present an alternative view of cremation. In 2006, my...

St. John on Patmos

Gloried songward, time befriends till all is guest—holy             to sealed, and ghost come quickly song,...

Seize This Book

More than once in this collection of vigorous letters, Saul Bellow apologizes for his unsatisfactory epistolary habits: “I’ve never enjoyed writing letters,” he...

At the Crossroads

Kathleen Hill’s novel Who Occupies This House is an intergenerational saga that traces the material progress and emotional travails of an Irish-Catholic family from...

Desk Set

“Turn Jerusalem into an idea. Turn the Temple into a book, a book as vast and holy and intricate as the city itself. Bend a people around the shape of what they...

Contenders

Reviewing Darren Aronofsky’s ballet-melodrama Black Swan, some critics trotted out comparisons with The Red Shoes (1948) and The Turning Point (1977). But the new...