Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleDecember 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.
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleAugust 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.
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleMay 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.
Arts & Culture BooksKevin SpinaleApril 17, 2020
Colum McCann's new novel is structured like the wings of a bird, with two narrative arcs constantly moving toward and then away from each other.
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleFebruary 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.
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleNovember 05, 2019
The new selection of the Catholic Book Club is a collection of poems about the saints.
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleOctober 25, 2019
Kevin Spinale, S.J., the moderator of the Catholic Book Club, led discussions of two very different books this spring and summer. The first, 'Catholic Modern,' by James Chappel, is a heady look at how the church remade itself at a time of social and political upheaval. The second, 'Say Nothing,' by
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleAugust 16, 2019
The Troubles in Northern Ireland were fought mainly by children—young men and women from Northern Ireland and young British soldiers from other parts of the United Kingdom.
Arts & Culture Catholic Book ClubKevin SpinaleJune 28, 2019
Last thoughts on an intriguing book about how the Catholic Church confronted the realities of the 20th century in Europe.