Liturgical scholar Peter Elliott explains why need a new translation of the Mass, with lots of examples. The “dynamic equivalance” or paraphrase of the present translation “can fail to give us not only what the Latin original means, which is bordering on telling lies, but paraphrase often eliminates poetic beauty in the original, particularly scriptural language that runs through the prayers of the Roman Rite of Mass.”
Dawn Eden explores James Barrie’s view of men, women, and marriage, which she calls “sexually stunted solipsism.”
A journalist explains why real life ghost hunters (a.k.a. parapsychologists) hate television ghost hunters, partly, he suggests, because they’re pros and partly because they’re now getting fewer speaking engagements.
Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center explores the question of when a president must defend a law he doesn’t like.
Anglican theologian N. T. Wright talks about women bishops and the Catholic Church, among other things. (Note the link at the end to the recording of the whole interview.)
The philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on how we can express what cannot be said. “The history of philosophy abounds in thinkers who, having concluded that the truth is ineffable, have gone on to write page upon page about it.” He mentions Kierkegaard in particular.
A bishop in the Philippines has rebuked gamblers for trying to use Mary to win the lottery.
Experts in Islam predict that the lives of Christians in Iraq will keep getting worse, and more and more will leave.
Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick explores the age of dissimulation, as “our leading minds devote their energies and cognitive powers to figuring out new ways to hide reality from themselves and the general public,” particularly the reality of radical Islam.
Our “On the Square” columnist Elizabeth Scalia insists that the Tea Party’s candidates must learn the art of fencing.