2010-04-23

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Woody’s Cold Comforts

Friends have often asked me about my interest in the films of Woody Allen: Why is a Catholic priest such an ardent admirer of the work of an avowed atheist, an...

Mystical tours, papal accountabilty, Heft

MISSING MYSTICS Absent from Luke Timothy Johnson’s account of mysticism (“Dry Bones,” February 26) are the insights of numerous pre–Vatican II theologians who...

A Mutual Friend

In an 1841 letter, Charles Dickens claimed that his greatest ambition as a writer was “to live in the hearts and homes of home-loving people, and to be connected...

The Novelist as Theologian

One of the problems with Dostoevsky is that too many readers have read into his novels the ideas they wanted to find there, so that for secular readers he was an...

The Youngest Son

By the end of his forty-five years in the Senate, Ted Kennedy had come into his own. Even his enemies were willing to concede that the aging lion of liberalism...

Sola Scriptura

For many centuries the Catholic Church kept the Gospels from the eyes of the ordinary believer. If you couldn’t read Latin you were dependent on the oral tradition...

The End Was Coming

This history of Great Britain between the World Wars chronicles the British response—social, intellectual, and cultural—to the crisis touched off by the...

Urban Studies

Because it’s co-created by David Simon, the genius behind the justly extolled crime saga The Wire, the new HBO drama Treme faces a critical test. No, not ratings: I...

Twists, Turns & Bedlam

The credits for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island tell us that it’s based on a Dennis Lehane novel. So it is, but its real source (and perhaps the inspiration for...

What Troubles Europe?

In the winter of 1964, Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, published a collection of articles titled “A New Europe?” The...

2009 Criminal Docket

Monday’s Docket   All rise His Honor No talking   Sheet 4 Line 4   Male 24 Eighth grade 2 felony priors Robbery $14.68 Agreed Plea 4 years IDOC...

Our Lady of Victory

            in memory of my mother When we wore broken shoes and prayed For the poor souls in Purgatory...