RJN: 5.31.06 I was honored to be…

I was honored to be asked to speak at the commencement of the Dominican House of Studies, also known as the Pontificial Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington, D.C. As readers of First Things know, I have a thing about the Dominicans and their charism. Here is what I said: I . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.30.06 Out in Orange County…

Out in Orange County , they’re preaching fire and brimstone. "Rebellion, grave disobedience, and mortal sin," the pastor of St. Mary’s by the Sea in Huntington Beach, California, thundered to his congregation in the church bulletin. Now, ever since Jonathan Edwards preached . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 5.25.06 Today is Ascension Day…

Today is Ascension Day, a holy day of obligation. In some dioceses, the observance is transferred to next Sunday. The idea, as it is helpfully explained, is that going to Mass on a weekday may be excessively burdensome or give non-Catholic neighbors the impression that Catholics are different. At . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.23.06 The UCLA law…

An amazing story in the Guardian today: Patients who were unconscious for years, diagnosed as being in “persistent vegetative states” came awake when they were given a new experimental medication. As Wesley J. Smith emails to note, “They interacted with their environment. And . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.22.06 Speaking of…

Speaking of . . . um, that goofy book that we here at First Things decided we wouldn’t bother to mention, since everyone else in America would mock it all the way to the remainder tables at Bob’s Super-Saver Book Emporium. Of course, that plan didn’t work out so well: It ended up . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 5.19.06 We are pleased to…

We are pleased to announce that we have hired Anthony Sacramone to be the new Managing Editor for First Things , beginning May 30. An editor with long experience as copy chief, proofreader, and managing editor in the publishing world, from Biography and Reader’s Digest to Beliefnet and . . . . Continue Reading »