Europe's Broken Vision

March 30, 2015

Vol.212 / No.11

March 30, 2015

IDENTITY CRISIS. Ukrainian armed forces ride on armored personnel carriers near Debaltseve, Ukraine, Feb. 12.
Antoine ArjakovskyMarch 18, 2015

The undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine cannot be contained in the same way other recent Russian expansionist conflicts—Transnistria since 1990 and South Ossetia and Abkhazia since 2008—have been isolated. Unlike these contested regions, Ukraine is a much more significant country,

William J. O'MalleyMarch 18, 2015

I have long puzzled over the ruby slippers in “The Wizard of Oz,” an archetype of childhood and transformation. When Dorothy’s house lands on the Wicked Witch and Glinda shows up, these slippers are magically transfered to Dorothy. It would seem that she now possesses her transport

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.March 18, 2015

Can natural law still serve as the lingua franca of politics in a pluralist society?

Letters
Our readersMarch 18, 2015

Vigilant JusticeRe “Listening in Ferguson,” by J. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B. (3/9): The Ferguson incident began with the policeman verbally attacking Michael Brown and his companion, shouting at them with rough language. Would it not be better if law officers always chose courtesy over domi

“Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus,” by Virgil Cantini, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.
Faith in Focus
Silas HendersonMarch 18, 2015

Despite various attempts over the centuries to give her a personal story, there is no evidence that she was a historical figure. She has never been included in any official list of Catholic saints; and although she is commemorated on July 12 in the Orthodox churches, there has never been a universal

Faith in Focus
Ryan RooneyMarch 18, 2015

These days, when I light a candle at the base of the makeshift shrine in my sitting room, I feel at peace. I haven’t always felt this way. A year and a half ago, I would have been sitting down in a room of similar size but crowded with food wrappers and neglected dirty laundry. I probably woul