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Last Day Reflections

From First Thoughts

Reflecting on the last day of the State Visit, I indulge a couple of personal thoughts. First, the Rite of Beatification took place near Coventry which, as Pope Benedict mentioned in his homily, suffered from the blitz of November 14, 1940 (there were earlier raids in July and August of that . . . . Continue Reading »

Ever Ancient Ever New

From First Thoughts

On May 31 1906, King Alfonso XIII married Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (“Ena”) in the Royal Monastery of San Geronimo in Madrid. Ena, a granddaugher of Queen Victoria and niece of King Edward VII, had scandalized some of her family by becoming a Catholic before the marriage. . . . . Continue Reading »

A Graceful and Elegant Beginning

From First Thoughts

The graceful and even elegant beginning of the state visit has only been made trying by the incessant banter of commentators who think themselves obliged to fill in every second of air time with streams of talk, occasionally informative, but mostly banal. “When I met the Holy Father . . . . . . . Continue Reading »

He Is Not Here

From Web Exclusives

The past year has not been abundant with fortune for the world or our nation”which made it precisely a time when one ached for commentary from Richard John Neuhaus. We waited, by an instinct that thought he would reply quickly. But there was an uncharacteristic silence.… . Continue Reading »

An Anniversary
Robert Louis Wilken

In 1961, Richard John Neuhaus was installed as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. Several days later he wrote me. “Installed Misericordias Domini”much pomp, ceremony, and incense.” It was the last word I heard from him for almost six months… . Continue Reading »

Archbishop Dolan and The New York Times

From First Thoughts

One assumes that The New York Times would have been glad to receive an Op-Ed article from the new Archbishop of New York. The Archdiocese of New York is responsible for a very important part of the city’s educational, medical, and charitable life. The newspaper refused to print it. Such . . . . Continue Reading »

De Linguae Latinae Causa

From First Thoughts

Salve Iosephe , Litterae de lingua latina scripta in Res Primae accipio tuus qui post-electronica fero. Ut praeclarissimus magister Mantuae dixit, ut mihi iam verum videatur illud esse quod non nulli litteris ac studiis doctrinae dediti quasi quiddam incredibile dicere putabantur. Promoveo linguam . . . . Continue Reading »

The Spirit of Vatican II

From the March 2008 Print Edition

A Challenging Reform: ­Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal, 1963-1975 by Piero Marini Liturgical Press, 205 pages, $15.95 (paper) To young people today, Vatican II reposes in a haze with Nicaea II and Lateran II. Their guileless ignorance at least frees them from the animus of some . . . . Continue Reading »