2010-12-03

Date: 
Friday, December 3, 2010

A Bit Like You & Me

Driving home from a college class every Wednesday night in 1969, a friend and I would listen to his eight-track tape of the Beatles’ White Album. Whenever “Julia”...

Christmas Critics

John Wilson Biographers are routinely tempted to slide into sycophancy on the one hand or contempt for their subject on the other. In Muriel Spark: The Biography (W...

Revelation

My mother said, “Why didn’t they tell us these things in school?” I had just come into her room. “Like what?” I said. My mother is in an assisted-living facility...

How far adrift?

ON COURSE This letter is in response to Peter Steinfels’s article “Further Adrift” (October 22). I have always respected Peter very much. He expresses concern for...

Political, Not Partisan

When is the Catholic Church being “political”? When is it being “too political”? During the recent election season, Minneapolis–St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt...

Defenders of the Faith!

“Defender of the Faith” was the title bestowed in 1521 by Pope Leo X on Henry VIII as a reward for the English king’s “Defense of the Seven Sacraments” against...

The Thursday Collection

Thanksgiving was frozen and gray. Three thousand dollars and change were donated at our Masses, and our pastor was moved to arrange a gift for Dorothy Day, a...

Good Grief

We did not wake our mother when she died. The night her soul parted from her body, in a Florida hospice room, my sisters and I left her for the staff—experts at...

House on Fire

In October, two extraordinary incidents of moral—and political—significance occurred. The first received considerable publicity: a Tennessee fire brigade refused to...

Jimmy’s Diary

Democrats on the national stage are routinely compared to Jimmy Carter, a juxtaposition that’s long been shorthand for “Here comes another sweater-wearing weakling...

A Storied Faith

People have been explaining themselves, their relationship to the gods, and what life means with myths for thousands of years, before language began to be written...

Boycotting the Poor Box

In mid-November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discussed a report detailing an extensive “review and renewal” of its domestic-poverty program, the...