Matthew Boudway

Matthew Boudway is an associate editor of Commonweal.

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Worthy of Waugh

From today's New York Times:

No Man's Land?

On Easter Sunday, a headline on the New York Times's homepage read: "On Being Catholic." This was followed by a teaser: "Can reflective and honest intellectuals actually believe in the churchs teachings?" A Catholic might find the question mildly irritating, especially that incredulous "actually." But a Catholic might also find it enticing. After all, the headline itself suggests that the answer to the teaser's question will be some kind of yes.

"Regained excels kept"

From the Commonweal archives: Les Murrays great Easter poem, published in the issue dated March 26, 1993.


The Say-but-the-Word Centurion Attempts a Summary


That numinous healer who preached Saturnalia and paradox

has died a slaves death. We were maneuvered into it by priests

and by the man himself. To complete his poem.


He was certainly dead. The pilum guaranteed it. His message,

unwritten except on his body, like anyones, was wrapped


Ross Douthat on the GOP's autopsy of the 2012 election, which recommends what Douthat calls "the 'donorist view' of how the Republican Party needs to change": embrace gay marriage and immigration reform while sticking to its economic agenda. Douthat has his doubts:

Dubito ergo sum

Last week the New York Times posted a short piece by Phillip Lopate about the relationship between doubt and the writing of essays. Lopate argues that the essay is a literary form especially hospitable to uncertainty. The essay is, or can be, exploratory, provisional, even self-contradictory. The word itself suggests an experiment (the French word essayer means "to try").


Cass R. Sunstein on the case for "coercive paternalism"

Charles Fried and Godfrey Hodgson on the legal theorist Ronald Dworkin, who died last Thursday at the age of eighty-one

Headline of the day

From the New York Times (where else?): "Popes Successor Is Likely to Share His Doctrine."