2012-01-27

Date: 
Friday, January 27, 2012

Yes

The nectar you gave tasted of wild mountains Where far-flung, deep beauties drew my heart “There is so much beauty to write about,” you said. The sparkling bay...

True Writ

A celebrated declaration is engraved above the portal of Langdell Hall, the central building of Harvard Law School: non sub homine sed sub deo et lege (“not under...

Conscience & Communion

What should we say, amid a culture in which marriages evaporate like mist, about the sacramental status of divorced and remarried Catholics? What should we do?...

A Work in Progress

Across the globe, from Tunisia to Burma, people are struggling to cast off tyrannical regimes. It is humbling to witness what thousands are willing to risk for a...

Night

Dark One, I walk the streets for half the night And see my father slide toward the grave: Look left, and death will enter from the right   Or jump on you from...

Managing the dynamo; abortion; anti-Semitism on the prairie

Questionable Accommodations David O’Brien laments that Andrew Bacevich “has unfortunately accepted from theologian Michael Baxter a version of the American Catholic...

Consider the Lilies

Søren Kierkegaard (1813–55) was one of only a few philosophers to devote serious thought to the question of the most effective way of communicating ethico-religious...

Vaclav Havel, 1936–2011

I fleetingly met Vaclav Havel on June 10, 1990.  It was the morning after Czechoslovakia’s first free elections in decades. At breakfast in our Prague hotel,...

Inquisitions

On a hot fall day in Rome not long ago, I crossed the vast expanse of St. Peter’s Square, paused momentarily in the shade beneath a curving flank of Bernini’s...

Deo Gratias

Dear Commonweal readers: I am retiring after twenty-eight years on the job, and the editor has invited me to use this page to bid a farewell. Over the years, this “...

Deconstructed

In a recent New York Times “Conversation” feature, the writers Jeffrey Eugenides and Colm Toibin talked about the novel. Both agreed that it was still a good thing...

Interesting if True

Conquest, War, Famine, and Death—except for the last, the four horsemen of the Apocalypse have lost their ability to terrify us. They have been reduced, as a Google...