2010-12-17

Date: 
Friday, December 17, 2010

Taking Flight

Last spring, Amnesty International warned of the grisly plight of Central American migrants attempting to reach the United States by way of Mexico. Threats to their...

Rendering to God & to Caesar

CAMPAIGN FUNDS The editorial “Boycotting the Poor Box” (December 3), regarding the U.S. dioceses that have dropped out of the Catholic Campaign for Human...

Heroes & Villains

In the apocalyptic closing lines of After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre worries about the contemporary West’s decline into moral barbarism. If my account of our moral...

Where There Is Injury

Joseph P. Chinnici is a Franciscan priest, historian (doctorate from Oxford in modern church history), teacher (Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union since 1975),...

Overdose

When the iconic Stage Manager in a recent off-Broadway production of Our Town made his entrance carrying a cell phone, a murmur rippled through the audience. Wilder...

Future Imperfect

In a “postliterate age” not too far hence, books are out of fashion—reviled for their limitations and their supposedly foul smell. Everyone communicates with...

Praying for a Living

A tattoo of a cross shimmers on an African Methodist Episcopal minister’s calf, a few inches above her red stiletto sandals. A chubby-cheeked young rabbi and his...

Fugitives

Compared to the elegant intimacy and historical import of the diptychs in the infancy narrative of St. Luke’s Gospel, the briefer infancy story in St. Matthew’s...

Changing Our Minds

It’s in vogue to ask what the Internet is doing to our brains. Will constant exposure to technology destroy human memory and attention span? Will it turn us into...

Scroll

Closing the scroll and sitting down to preach He went to war. His people, tired by the quern Or the long slog at the plough, might hope to reach A blurred...

Masked Mysticism

Christian mysticism can be defined as the experience of direct, personal encounter with the God of love. It is an immediate experience, one that transcends all...

Gullible Travels

In the lobby of Nairobi’s Boulevard Hotel you’ll see signs promoting all manner of tourist sites, from a Maasai crafts market to animal parks to the Karen Blixen (...