Catholic Book Club

Kevin Spinale December 04, 2020
Peter Manseau, the curator of American religious history at the Smithsonian, offers his definitive description of Thomas Jefferson's eclectic efforts to remake the Bible in the Catholic Book Club's latest selection.
James T. Keane October 02, 2020
Over the summer the Catholic Book Club read John Kennedy Toole’s darkly comic novel, 'A Confederacy of Dunces,' and this fall we are finishing up our discussion of John Howard Griffin’s 'Black Like Me.'
Kevin Spinale August 14, 2020
Kevin Spinale, S.J., offers his initial thoughts on John Howard Griffin's ‘Black Like Me,’ the latest selection of the Catholic Book Club.
Kevin Spinale May 08, 2020
Among the many clichés operative in Covid-time (“in these uncertain times,” “the new normal”), there is the sturdy cliché, “now more than ever.” Well, I think we need comedy now more than ever.
Kevin Spinale April 01, 2020
Another look at the story of Mary Magdalene and interpretations of her throughout history.
Kevin Spinale February 14, 2020
Mary Magdalene’s actual history, as Margaret Arnold tells us, is much richer than we think. The tradition’s appropriation of Mary Magdalene is much more intricate and complex—as the saint herself is complex.