2012-03-23

Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2012

Articles in this issue

Who Will Speak of the Poor?

The plight of the middle class is shaping up to be a focus of the 2012 presidential campaign. This is as it should be, given the struggles of working families...

Fact Therapy

It is often said that facts are revolutionary. With their power to burn off the ideological mists that obscure our political vision, and to remind us of the...

On Good Authority?

When the encyclical Humanae vitae was promulgated in 1968, its teachings were widely contested—and notably belated. The question of birth control was supposed to...

More War?

The United States has been at war for more than a decade. Thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Afghans, and others have been killed. Tens of...

The Decline of Fraternity

“Character is a fine autumnal word, with echoes of Protestant gentility and sherry in the afternoon.” Perhaps surprisingly, those are the words of someone who...

Bid

When into deathlessness I dieout of the running, past pray,no need for livelihood,versimilitude,or reason why,past okay,selfhood;nude,stript to ashes to ...

We Are Complicit

I’ve been fascinated with the furor over the Obama administration’s decision to make Catholic hospitals, charities, and universities provide contraception coverage...

The bishops & economic justice; tax rates; skunked terminology

Strategic OffenseI greatly appreciated David Carroll Cochran’s article “Plutocracy or Democracy?” (February 10). Still, I believe he let our bishops off a little...

Pagan Babies

I am a Catholic of a certain age, a graduate of parochial school, and a former member of the Association of the Holy Childhood. My first lessons in social justice...

‘Global Suicide Pact’

In 2009 the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, James Hansen, published Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate...

The Word Made Fresh

“The word ‘history’ is missing an ‘s.’ It’s not ‘history,’ it’s ‘His story,’ and the story is right here in the Bible.” That is more or less what I remember hearing...

Forgetting the Reformation

Seen from the high cuttingthe sky drifts white cottonover dance-floors of watereither side the shady creekthat trickles down countrylagoons gummed with water fern...