2013-04-12

Date: 
Friday, April 12, 2013

On the Piazza

CNS photo/Paul HaringOutdoor papal Masses are always a strange combination of stargazing and solemnity, and, at least in that regard, Francis’s inaugural was no...

Praying with the Council

Vatican IIThe Battle for MeaningMassimo FaggioliPaulist Press, $14.95, 144 pp.True ReformLiturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum conciliumMassimo...

God’s Eye View

A half-century after the opening of the Second Vatican Council, it is worth remembering that many important twentieth-century Catholic theologians suffered years of...

Larger than Legend

Richard Linklater’s bittersweet 2008 film Me and Orson Welles tells of an impressionable teenager who gets the chance to work with his idol, Orson Welles, in the...

More Mission, Less Maintenance

In March of 1979, Pope John Paul II opened his first encyclical, Redemptor hominis, with these words: “The Redeemer of humanity, Jesus Christ, is the center...

Theology & Censorship

When Cardinal Avery Dulles died in December 2008, a distinguished German theologian friend of mine who had known him for many years told me that Avery was “one of...

A Nation of Two

 As part of my annual catching up with Oscar, I overcame my reluctance and saw Michael Haneke’s Amour. Haneke’s preoccupation with cruelty, both physical and...

At The Burial of an Abbess

Under the pine trees and the snow, black on white, and row on row, we leave our sisters when they go.   We age and die, we fill our space and no one...

Testing the Boundaries

Over the past few years, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., has been at the forefront of attempts by Catholic bishops to define the scope of...

Two Ducks

There they were, in conventional prose, dabbling together in a break in the ice, unnoticed, unnoticing of the surrounding glass.   The caught train of...

Buried Treasure

Miles Davis Quintet Live in Europe 1969 The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 Sony—Legacy Records, $49.98   When it comes to musical rediscovery, this is...

Thwarted

Steven P. Millies In the months since the 2012 presidential election, much attention has focused on how Republican fortunes have shifted because of demographic...