2011-03-11

Date: 
Friday, March 11, 2011

The Great Reversal

The conquest of Everest? I have always imagined Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay standing triumphantly alone on a windswept, frozen summit. I had never given...

Conditions May Apply

Is sexual activity morally right or wrong? Most people would say, “It all depends.” The church says it depends on whether you are alone or with someone, whether you...

Better than Nature?

Of all the medical technologies that have come along in the past fifty years or so, few have seemed more provocative than advances in genetic technologies. For some...

Devil Dregs

The Exorcist (1973) was geared to shock. With its pea-soup projectile vomiting, bestial soundtrack noises, revolving head, voice of Satan (Mercedes McCambridge...

Jack Rabbit

With his claw-hammer ears, and his too-big hind legs he’s too fleet to be graceful, in flight all air, away and away, erratic   and determined. We want so much...

Hard-boiled Valentine

Not very many pages into Peter Quinn’s latest mystery I began to fantasize about who might play its flawed hero, Fintan Dunne, in the movie version. Alas, William...

The Two Economies

In early January, walking in midtown Manhattan on a bitter-cold morning, I saw a crowd of people standing on the sidewalk about four abreast, in a line that...

Battle Zones

FULL COUNT Great analysis by Ronald E. Osborn on the death toll in the Iraq war (“Still Counting,” February 11). He fails to include the deaths from the murderous...

Face Time

When the organizers of a recent panel discussion about Catholic twentysomethings and pop culture asked me to participate as a representative twentysomething, I had...

Religion Booknotes

God’s Many-Splendored Image Theological Anthropology for Christian Formation Nonna Verna Harrison Baker Academic, $22.99, 224 pp.Nonna Verna Harrison is a well...

Spurious George?

We take it for granted nowadays that modern American political leaders, with their retinues of consultants and pollsters, will closely attend to their public images...

Sick Minds

For the past fifteen years, my sister Meg Kaveny has worked with the homeless in Portland, Oregon. Many of them are mentally ill. Meg moved to the Pacific Northwest...