2011-04-22

Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2011

The American Pope

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was interviewed by Morley Safer on 60 Minutes last month where he was...

Jeopardy

In the weeks since Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spewed contamination and displaced thousands. It has also...

Kashima & the Catfish

The apartment building in Chiba where my wife Keiko and I have spent most of our adult lives and where our four children grew up looks across the bay to Tokyo and...

Society Men

Lola Montez, mistress of King Ludwig I, trained her bulldog to attack Jesuits. When the pooch bit a hunk out of a theology professor, the enraged Bavarian...

Prophetic Stringency

Whatever one’s take on the later rise of capitalism in the Christian West, entrepreneurial genius was at work in describing the Gospels as “good news.” In contrast...

The bishops, burdens of war & a plea for cartoons

A Sign Of Things To Come? I was very impressed with Timothy P. Schilling’s brief but comprehensive article about the rich history of the American College of Louvain...

The Rest of Her

The head of St. Catherine of Siena, who died in 1380, is on display in a reliquary in Siena’s church of San Domenico. The relic is slightly ghoulish, though in...

To the Bone

In Feburary, the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think tank, posted a drab two-column chart on its Web site, pairing programs under the knife...

Admitting We Were Born

When will you tire of sitting next to doors, feeding animals and children, even in the dark ages women kept guard at night, the sky rushed back as if it had...

Beyond the Impasse?

“Do not remember the former things or consider the things of old,” the prophet Isaiah proclaims (43:18–19). “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do...

Birds on a Branch

As I watched Of Gods and Men, the mesmerizing fact-based French movie about the martyrdom of seven French Trappists in 1990s Algeria, the word “embedded” came to...

Anecdotes as Antidotes

Princeton philosopher Jeffrey Stout describes an encounter that I suspect many political theorists who have gone public with their doubts about the health of...