Loading...
Loading...
Click here if you don’t see subscription options
Voices
Tim Reidy joined America’s staff in October 2006 and served as online editor for several years before moving into his current role as the deputy editor in chief.
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Select articles on the search for the 'marginal Jew' from Galilee
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Clarifying a relationship that has long been misunderstood
Faith
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Not all of the individuals below have been canonized, but someday we hope they will be.
Maurice Timothy Reidy

From the Boston Globe's first reports of episcopal cover-up in 2002, through the sexual abuse crisis roiling the church in Europe today, America has provided balanced and thoughful commentary on the unfolding events. Here is a selection of our coverage from the last ten years.

"Pilgrim Church Part II," The Editors, May 17, 2010

"Pilgrim Church Part I," The Editors, May 10, 2010

"Taking Responsibility," Thomas J. Reese, April 26, 2010

"The Millstone," The Editors, April 12-19, 2010

"Comfort the Sorrowful," October 29, 2007

"What the Clergy Abuse Crisis Has Taught Us," Marci A. Hamiton, September 25, 2006

"Changing the Rules," May 15, 2006

"Rights of Accused Priests," Avery Dulles, June 21, 2004

"A Bad Day for the Bishops," Andrew M. Greeley, March 22, 2004

"Another Aftershock," on the 2004 John Jay Report, March 22, 2004

Maurice Timothy Reidy
A selection of our coverage of the Holy Land
Of Many Things
Maurice Timothy Reidy
I can mark my summers by the books I have read and the authors I have come to know.
Maurice Timothy Reidy
E BookOn the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, America is proud to republish a classic work of the Council as an e-book.The Documents of Vatican II, edited by Walter Abbott, S.J., and with comments from Protestant and Orthodox authorities, is now available on the Kindle, Nook and iPad.
Books
There are many ways to assess the legacy of the prickly, irascible, brilliant Steve Jobs.
Catholic Book Club
Maurice Timothy Reidy

Marilynne Robinson is best known for her first two novels, Housekeeping and Gilead, which appeared 20 years apart. Reviews of Gilead (2004) were rapturous, yet readers sometimes wondered: what took so long? Robinson’s latest collection of essays, When I Was a Child I Read Books, offers a satisfying answer. The book reveals an agile mind formed by decades of deep reading. A committed Christian and American, Robinson calls upon believers and citizens alike to live up to their highest ideals.

When I Was a Child takes up a number of disparate subjects. Robinson writes about Thomas More, Cicero, Jack Miles, Moses, cosmology and Johann Friedrich Oberlin with equal enthusiasm. The essays are surprisingly, and refreshingly, political. Robinson admits to being an unabashed liberal, and offers an extended critique of capitalism, a word, she notes, which never appears in America’s founding documents despite its widespread invocation today. Citing Walt Whitman, she writes that as a country “we have never fully achieved democracy,” and that we must recommit ourselves to its flourishing and not be distracted by the pursuit of “power and wealth.”

Robinson makes an erudite case for the good of public institutions. She revisits influential but misunderstood figures in support of her argument. It is often said, for example, that we live in a Calvinist society, which prizes an individual work ethic. Yet John Calvin was by no means neglectful of the common good, Robinson writes; he emphasized that we must do “good to our neighbors” and not “seclude them from our abundance.” A similar ethic can be found in the law of Moses, which has often been erroneously contrasted with the law of Christ. “The law of Moses puts liberation theology to shame in its passionate loyalty to the poor,” Robinson tartly notes. “Why do we not know this yet?”

Readers of Robinson’s novels may be surprised by her essay style. Compared to the concise prose of Gilead, the writing of When I Was I Child can seem labyrinthine. Robinson acknowledges this plain fact: “I think anyone can see that my style is considerably more indebted to Cicero than to Hemingway.” Readers daunted by her prose may wish to start with the more accessible essays, like “Wondrous Love” and the title selection, a lovely reflection on the elusive spirit of the West.

But by all means, read the whole book, slowly if need be. Don't be surprised if you find yourself underlining furiously:

“Science can give us knowledge, but it cannot give us wisdom.”

Of Many Things
Maurice Timothy Reidy
Is Rick Santorum right about John F. Kennedy?