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The Tribunal of Mercy

From the March 2003 Print Edition

It is surprising, given the events of the last year, to imagine that some members of the Roman Catholic clergy actively seek to be ordained a bishop, and even regard their path towards this office as an ecclesiastical “career.” St. Augustine regarded his ordination as a grave danger to . . . . Continue Reading »

An Almost Christian Fantasy

From the May 2001 Print Edition

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Knopf, 326 pages, $26 The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman Knopf, 326 pages, $26 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman Knopf, 518 pages, $19.95 The bestselling novels of J. K. Rowling have tempted many reviewers to divide publishing history in two”The Potter Era . . . . Continue Reading »

“Saving” the Poor

From the May 1999 Print Edition

The poor will always be with us. Yet, pace Cain, we have an obligation to look after our brothers. As we well know, poverty today is too often accompanied by social pathologies, deep corrupting vices, and a smoldering despair that Great Society welfare services do little to alleviate, and perhaps . . . . Continue Reading »

Eroticism Unbound

From the February 1999 Print Edition

Take out your keys and look at your key chain. Are you thinking about sex now? I ask this question because of something I read on a recent trip up to Yale. To explain the dangers of smoking, the University had put on a “Healthy Lung Fair” where students were shown pictures of diseased . . . . Continue Reading »