As a cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger made clear his desire for the church to find a way to convey to the world the joy at the heart of the Gospel. Now as Pope Benedict XVI, he has, with his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), taken a decisive step in that direction.
Books and Culture
Always try to do too much must be taken as one of Salman Rushdie’s mantras, and he certainly lives up to it here.
Joan Didion has been writing books for more than 40 years.
Graham Greene has had a difficult time winning the title of “Catholic Novelist”—one that he never wanted anyway.
When I was a boy, I wanted to be the president of the United States. A lot of us did.