2011-12-02

Date: 
Friday, December 2, 2011

Two Poems

The Boxwood Hedge Two hundred years ago A schooner with a cargo Of Polish swans And English boxwood bushes Was bound for New York Harbor When it was shipwrecked in...

Science Fictions

Few baseball players have ever plumbed the epistemological depths of baseball, few stockbrokers have written groundbreaking works of theoretical economics, and few...

Fantasies of Innocence

Karl Barth memorably described original sin as “the doctrine which emerges from all honest study of human history.” In God-Fearing and Free, Jason Stevens shows...

Below the Law?

Should the president of the United States be able to authorize the assassination of a U.S. citizen anywhere in the world without telling the public why—or even...

When Is Self-interest Moral?

Lutheran bishop Peter Rogness recently decried our national loss of awareness that government is self-government, and warned that political discourse “to rally...

Last Dance

On October 24, 1937, Cole Porter was riding with Countess Edith di Zoppola and Duke de Verdura at the Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, New York, when his horse...

The Journalist as Theologian

Their number is not legion, and it continues to dwindle. The few remaining Second Vatican Council Fathers alive today are in their nineties, and their able...

No Thanks

As a biographer, I believe the true and legitimate purpose of acknowledgments is to thank those who helped me: people who were interviewed, and sent unpublished...

The new Roman Missal: What it does & fails to do

In Plain English After reading Fr. Nonomen’s column “Missal Defense” (November 4), I encountered the following example of defending the indefensible. At Mass the...

Peeling the 'Onion'

There were howls of protest when the Onion, our nation’s preeminent satirical newspaper, ran a story titled “Congress Takes Groups of Schoolchildren Hostage: ‘We...

The 1-percent Problem

The theme of most political and social commentary is that things are more complicated than you think. For once, I wish to write that things are simpler than you...

Dead Men Walking

Last year, at a college reunion, I attended a panel on the financial meltdown featuring three classmates with long careers on Wall Street. Expecting a frank...