Maureen Mullarkey is a painter who writes on art and culture. Her essays have appeared in various publications, among them: The Nation, Crisis, Commonweal, Hudson Review, Arts, The New Criterion, First Things, The Weekly Standard, and The Magazine Antiques. She was a columnist for The New York Sun.
Little Wars: a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys’ games and books. . . . . Continue Reading »
The conjugal act is a wooden expression that trumpets discomfort with sexual expression, even distaste. A standard textbook phrase, it reduces marital sexuality to genital activity and an exchange of body fluids. The shrinkage is subtle but real. Continue Reading »
The pamphlet press smiles and strokes. But Delp’s writing is of another order entirely. His words were formed at the edge of the precipice, death grinning in his face. There is a fragrance to these prison meditations. The odor of his own dying was in his nostrils as he wrote. Continue Reading »
We are in Advent. No one has written about the liturgical season as powerfully as Alfred Delp, a man who came to see life itself as a continuous Advent. Manacled in his cell, he could write only when his fetters were secretly unlocked or loosely fastened. Awaiting death, he had time only for the essentials: the question of man and the renunciations that awaken him to his true purpose. Continue Reading »
Early man signs to us with the work of his hands. Whatever meaningspart discovery, part projectionwe pull from his works, one thing is indisputable: Our brother was gifted with an aesthetic sense. And grace of hand was well within his capacities. Continue Reading »
When St. Vincent’s Hospital declared bankruptcy in 2010 the newly founded Gianna Center lost its angel and needed lower cost space than it already occupied in mid-town. The Sheen Center, still taking shape, was a likely place to house the sponsorless Gianna, a pro-life clinic. No such accommodation ever happened Continue Reading »
A metal cross on the top of Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry Ireland’s highest mountain has been cut down. The destruction is understood as a sign of growing hostility toward the Church in Ireland. Continue Reading »
It has been ten years since The Onion published its spoof of controversies over NEA-funded antics. By the time it appeared in 2004, audiences were pretty well accustomed to what Hilton Kramer once termed “a jolly rape of public sensibilities.” Writing in 1996, Kramer declared it almost . . . . Continue Reading »
The Scottish Episcopal Church has announced the appointment of Dr. Hull as its Director of Studies. He is currently living out his baptismal call by Skype at the Mercer School of Theology on Long Island. The former monsignor conducts classes through the ether from his conjugal home in northern Italy. Now an Episcopalian, he will assume his post in Scotland this January, after semester end at Mercer. Continue Reading »
Only recently has society undone it historic role and dismantled the protocols of mourning which it had designed and imposed until the twentieth century. Mourning rituals are not addressed to the dead, but to each other. They are a conversation among ourselvesan exchange between the mourner and the community from which the dead have been evacuated.
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