February 17, 2014

Vol.210 / No.5

February 17, 2014

Monastery of Christ in the Desert
Christopher PramukFebruary 04, 2014

I was 32 when I made my first trip into the high desert plains of northern New Mexico, known to many as the landscape that inspired artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and to a few as the home of the Taos Pueblo Indians. About an hour’s drive from Taos and 20 minutes more up the state highway from

Mission Santa Barbara
Kirk WhitneyFebruary 04, 2014

My wife and I were standing in the courtyard of Mission San Juan Bautista, but my mind was on Rome. It was early March 2013. Pope Benedict XVI had just resigned, and Pope Francis had yet to be elected. For two weeks, Rome seemed to be the center of the universe. The Year of Faith was well underway,

Anna KeatingFebruary 04, 2014

In her article in The New York Times, “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too,” Kate Taylor describes a world of ambitious Penn undergraduates who put their personal interests and their résumés first. Many have chosen to avoid romantic relationships during college entirely in favor

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.February 04, 2014

Justin Bieber has gone from idol to tragic and familiar cliché in less than a year.

Letters
Our readersFebruary 04, 2014

Who Is Incoherent?Re “A.C.L.U. v. U.S.C.C.B.” (Current Comment, 1/20): The editors dismiss the A.C.L.U. lawsuit but ignore the facts alleged in the complaint. The plaintiff’s case was allegedly one of at least five cases in that hospital system, discovered by a public health educat

Editorials
The EditorsFebruary 04, 2014

The Web reflects human nature in surprising and scary ways.

Faith in Focus
Nathan J. ByrdFebruary 04, 2014

While walking home from a nearby shopping mall in Nairobi one evening, I was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint. Most of my friends, family and colleagues responded along two somewhat predictable and justified lines: 1) “Why were you walking in the evening? It’s dangerous—stop walkin