A Non-Political Pope? (Part 2)

Well, I said you couldn’t tell much from one interview. Last week, I  posted  about Pope Francis’s much discussed interview in an Italian Jesuit journal. I observed that the Pope seemed to be a mystic trying to place the Catholic Church outside politics–either progressive . . . . Continue Reading »

Public Service?

John Presnall’s commments in the thread deserve—again in the cause of advancing the “conversation”—to be posted separately. (This is only an excerpt.) Surely the government shutdown is one further message to the best and brightest that their employment is contingent . . . . Continue Reading »

Blog Roundup: Being, Beauty, & Breaking Bad

We’ve decided to experiment with extending our reposting of On the Square pieces to reposting items from our hosted blogs. Usually this should only include posts from that day; today, however, I’ll also highlight some pieces from a few days ago. Let’s start: Over at Postmodern . . . . Continue Reading »

How Not to Misread Pope Francis

“When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue.” So Pope Francis  said  during his visit to Brazil in the first days of his papacy. After two recent interview with La Repubblica and La Civiltà Cattolica . . . . Continue Reading »

Divine Office, Dominican Chant

After many years of comparing manuscripts, compiling chants, and refining translations, the treasures of the Dominican chant tradition have at last been compiled into an impressive new hymnal for the Divine Office, the traditional prayer of chanted psalms, which sanctifies the hours of the day. For . . . . Continue Reading »

Disgusted with Himself, He Asked to Be Killed

Anyone who understands logic could see this kind of thing coming, but it’s still a shock. A Belgian transsexual woman chose to be euthanized , which is to say, killed by a doctor, when her operation didn’t work out. From the  Daily Mail story Wesley Smith reports: Nathan Verhelst, . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 10.2.13

Don Jon Jackson Cuidon, Christianity Today The Sagrada Familia in 2026 The Age A Theological Wreck Russell D. Moore, Moore to the Point On Listening to the Pope Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Catholic New World John Hollander, 1929—2013 David Yezzi, New Criterion . . . . Continue Reading »