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From the Aug/Sept 2017 Print Edition

In 1974, the year I turned nineteen, I took my first real job in the goods store of a railway station in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland. I was pleased to be off my parents’ hands, but uneasy in my position. The tiny goods office was an anthill of activity, with a constant flow of locomotive . . . . Continue Reading »

​Benedict the Dissident

From the February 2017 Print Edition

Last Testament: In His Own Wordsby benedict xvi with peter seewald bloomsbury, 288 pages, $24Arandom tale from the front line of the ­Ratzinger media wars: At the time of Benedict XVI’s announcement in 2013 that he was to step down as pope, I was writing for one of the Irish national dailies. One . . . . Continue Reading »