August 17, 2009

Vol. 201 No. 4Whole No. 4863 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
The Transformation of G.E.; The Return of Lance Armstrong
Teilhard at Vespers
The church seems forever to be embracing those she once held in suspicion.

Articles

A Time for Reform
Michael D. Place
How the Catholic tradition can shape the health care debate
Obama's Long War
Alon Ben-Meir
How long is the U.S. prepared to stay in Afghanistan?
Demystifying Medicine
John Perry
The tensions between faith and science in West Africa
Modern Man
Thomas C. Kohler
The Abbe Lamennais anticipated many of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Books and Culture

Art
Continents Away
Leo J. O'Donovan
An exhibit of African and Oceanic art at the Metropolitan Museum rejects the presumption that Western standards are the final arbiters of aesthetic achievement. View slide show.
Books
'How Long, O Lord?'
John C. Hawley
In his poetry Killian McDonnell takes Yahweh to task
Books
A Working Model
David Gibson
The challenge and promise of Catholic schools
Books
Devout Dropout
Peter Heinegg
A journey from the Jesuit seminary to life as poet and husband
Film
Screening Priests
Guerric DeBona, O.S.B.
American film culture has maintained something of an ambivalent relationship with the Catholic priesthood.
Film
The Joy of Julia
Emily Brennan
Biopics in recent years have featured artists and fallen leaders of all sorts, but no one quite like Julia Child.
Ideas
More than Super
Richard Leonard
It should not surprise us that the superhero genre has shaped our culture's understanding of Jesus.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Hard Choices
Barbara E. Reid
The Word
Inner Motives
Barbara E. Reid
Faith in Focus
'I Love You For Hating Me'
Barbara J. Kouba
A struggling believer encounters the divine.
Columns
Homework for Congress
John F. Kavanaugh
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ
Letters
Letters

Web Only

  The Controversy at Notre Dame
Maurice Timothy Reidy
In the August 31-September 7 issue of America two bishops look back at the controversy surrounding President Barack Obam
  Health Care Round-Up
A selection of America's articles on health care reform