Connecting the Dots on Maciel

Among the undercurrents of Church journalism over the past week is a clear desire among news providers to connect dots within the Church—sometimes where the case for neither a connection nor a dot can be made. An article in the Los Angeles Times yesterday hearkened back to the shameful story . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square Today

Fr. Leonard R. Klein on the Eucharist : I recently read an article in which a Methodist minister referred to the Eucharist as “revolutionary.” It would be easy to dismiss her use of a term used to advertise a new shampoo or safety razor. But the claim that the Eucharist is revolutionary . . . . Continue Reading »

Ian McEwan’s Flappy New Novel

At the Wall Street Journal , Joseph Bottum reviews Ian McEwan’s new novel Solar : You ever see those old film clips of the early days of airplane flight? Wild contraptions of mismatched parts, flapping and shuddering as they stumble down the runway toward a cliff’s edge. Bird men who . . . . Continue Reading »

The Tournament of Novels – Final Round

Four contenders went into Round 5 , only two came out unscathed. Not surprisingly, the final two standing are The Lord of the Rings and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . But like the Highlander, there can be only one. So who will win the tournament? Your vote will decide the final outcome, so . . . . Continue Reading »

The Pope (and the Huns) Wore Prada

One of the highlights of the current season at New York’s Metropolitan Opera was the house’s first-ever production of Giuseppe Verdi’s rarely performed Attila . The cast featured Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov as the Hun of the title and included veteran American bass Samuel Ramey in . . . . Continue Reading »