Voices

Jon M. Sweeney is a frequent contributor to America and the editor of A Course in Christian Mysticism by Thomas Merton, new from Liturgical Press.

Black Elk as a Catholic teacher and as a Lakota leader. (Left photo: Marquette University Archives, Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records, ID 00559; right photo: Marquette University Archives, Bureau of Catholic Indian Mission Records, ID 01287/Ben Hunt)
Faith Features
Jon M. SweeneyOctober 01, 2017
Sainthood for Black Elk could help the inclusion of indigenous Americans within the Catholic Church, but it also raises questions about the church's role in erasing Lakota culture.
Ivan Kramskoy Painting a Portrait of his Daughter
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyJune 02, 2017
Jon Sweeney reviews "Lessons in Hope: My Life with John Paul II," "Milosz: A Biography," and "This Long Pursuit: Reflections of a Romantic Biographer."
There are a few genuine public intellectuals among professors of religion, and Cornel West is chief among them. Here he is pictured, center, protesting against police brutality in New York City in 2015.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyFebruary 16, 2017
Very few professors become best-selling authors, but it happens.
Arts & Culture Books
Jon M. SweeneyOctober 27, 2016
So what defines a Catholic novel? I am still struggling with that question. But I know that that which asks most of us is most worthy of us.
Books
Jon M. SweeneyJune 23, 2016
'The Relic Master,' by Christopher Buckley; 'The Man Who Loved Birds,' by Fenton Johnson; "The Thing About December,' by Donal Ryan
Books
Jon M. SweeneyFebruary 04, 2016
'Hellbreak Volume 1,' by Cullen Bunn and Dave Stewart; 'The Best American Comics 2015,' edited by Jonathan Lethem and BIll Kartalopoulos; 'Poetry is Useless,' by Andrew Nilsen; 'Blankets,' by Craig Thompson
Books
Jon M. SweeneyOctober 29, 2015
'The Letters of T. S. Eliot,' by T. S. Eliot, and 'The Collected Letters of Robinson Jeffers, with Selected Letters of Una Jeffers,' by Robinson Jeffers
Books
Jon M. SweeneyJune 10, 2015
'Moral Agents,' by Edward Mendelson; 'Our Only World,' by Wendell Berry; 'There Is Simply Too Much to Think About,' by Saul Bellow
The Canticle of the Creatures by Saint Francis of Assisi at Brooklyn Borough Hall
Ideas
Jon M. SweeneyFebruary 11, 2015
St. Francis of Assisi visits New York
Books
Jon M. SweeneyFebruary 04, 2015
'Aimless Love,' by Billy Collins, 'Blue Horses,' by Mary Oliver and 'Dylan Thomas,' edited by Hannah Ellis