2012-02-24

Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012

Nazi Racism & the Church

It sometimes seems that the controversy over Pope Pius XII and his role during the Holocaust has lasted several lifetimes. In fact the accusation that the pope...

Overboard

Lawrence Douglas’s new novel The Vices starts off with a crackerjack first paragraph:On July 18, 200—, at 18:00 GMT, the Queen Mary 2 left Southampton with 2,912...

French Lessons

On screen and in print, Paris is much in vogue these days. Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s ode to the City of Light in the 1920s, is an Oscar nominee for Best...

Breakthrough or Impasse?

In the century prior to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010, the United States had repeatedly tried—and failed—to adopt...

Interpretive Dance

In 2005, a commentary on the Acts of the Apostles by Jaroslav Pelikan, the great historian of theology, appeared as the inaugural entry in the Brazos Theological...

Dry Season

Behind the forty-day preparation for Easter known as Lent (the word actually means “springtime”) is the image of the desert. The Bible describes the forty-year...

Sex & Cookies

Life SupportIn “A Modus Vivendi?” (January 13), the editors of Commonweal speak impersonally, not to say a bit evasively: “There seems little chance that the...

What Are They?

What exactly are the Jews? The question baffles the layperson and the scholar alike. If we define them as adherents to a religion, then how can there be Jews who...

Capital Gains

The full force of money, permitted by Citizens United and other U.S. Supreme Court decisions, has become clear in the Republican 2012 presidential primaries. Behind...

One Life

Once more, the aftermath: last week a lineOf winds leveled our town, clear-cutting treesAs old as Vigo County’s oldest home;Before, we’d lost a dying, bark-scarred...

Now

Now is ever-afterfor which the first was madeand I keep myself adriftthrough a variety of poses,a little hair on the chest,a short wordwith an echo that can’t be...

Portals of Faith

The reopening, after eight years, of the Islamic galleries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought considerable fanfare. Aware perhaps that some...