May 25, 2009

Vol. 200 No. 17Whole No. 4858 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
Padre Oprah and a Playboy President; The Markey Bill
The Fourth Estate
A newspaper is a business but it is also a public trust, an indispensable check on abuses of power.

Articles

Scripture Alone?
Edward Foley, Don Shan
Rethinking the homily as a liturgical act
Preaching in a Vacuum
Chris Chatteris
Why routine feedback on the Sunday homily is essential

Books and Culture

Books
Judge for Yourself
Sally Cunneen
Elaine Showalter's book is a delightful literary voyage, guided by a woman who truly knows the territory.
Books
Reach Higher, Live Better
Michael Sean Winters
Alan Wolfe's 'The Future of Liberalism,' reviewed
Books
Murder, Money, Mayhem
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
A review of Matt Beynon Rees's "The Samaritan's Secret"
Film
An Undertaking
John A. Coleman
"Goodbye Solo" deals with the human desire to help those in need--and the equal desire, in some, not to be helped.
New Media
YouTube Heresies
Robert Barron
YouTube is a virtual Areopagus, where every viewpoint--from the sublime to the disturbing--is on display.
Television
Everyone Loves Tina
Jake Martin
30 Rock revels in pilfering from a multiplicity of pop culture sources and turning them on their heads.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Empowering Spirit
Barbara E. Reid
The Word
Circles of Love
Barbara E. Reid
Faith in Focus
Hand in Hand
Jim McDermott
What ever happened to the sign of peace?
Columns
Conscience Causes
John F. Kavanaugh
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
John W. Donohue
Letters
Letters

Web Only

  The New Man in Westminster
Austen Ivereigh
The appointment of Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, a former protégé of Cardinal Basil Hume, to the see of Westminster had long
  The View from Row 13
John Feister
Sitting in row 13, in the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind., I watched with pride as my son graduated from the University of Notre Dame on May 17. Graduation is a moment to mark re-entry into the world for most students, but of course it was more than that for the thousands gathered at Notre Dame. The audience witnessed another chapter in our country’s national drama over abortion policy, one, perhaps, that could serve as a teaching moment for our church.
  Barack Obama and Vatican II
John W. O'Malley
We have a Vatican II president.
  Restoring Earth's Bounty
George M. Anderson
The “interconnectness of life” emerged as a popular phrase at a two-day conference in early May at Columbia University in New York City. Titled “Common Ground: Science and Religion in Dialogue for a Sustainable Future,” the gathering brought together a wide range of experts from the seemingly diverse fields of science and religion. Introducing the event on its first day, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at the university’s Center for the Study of Science and Religion, said that combining science and religion does not necessarily make for a smooth dialogue. And yet such dialogue was indeed evident as the conference got under way. The three keynote speakers and the panelists affirmed the connectedness of the two, as well as the need to see them as essential in creating an ethic of sustainability. Such an ethic, they all emphasized, is key to the future of our ever more fragile earth.