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Comfort to Predators

From the May 2019 Print Edition

In the Closet of the Vatican:  Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by frédéric martel translated by shaun whiteside bloomsbury, 576 pages, $30 The cursus of Frédéric Martel’s work can be expressed quite simply: He takes 576 pages to convince us that the Roman Catholic clergymen who live and . . . . Continue Reading »

His Excellency

From the April 2019 Print Edition

American Priest:  The Ambitious Life and Conflicted Legacy of Notre Dame’s Father Ted Hesburgh by wilson d. miscamble, c.s.c.  image, 464 pages, $28 In 2008, Father Theodore ­Hesburgh (1917–2015) gave an interview to the Wall Street Journal in which he said, “I . . . . Continue Reading »

Dem Bones

From the June/July 2018 Print Edition

Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad Mentem Reginaldi Rationemque: The Mere Bones of Latin According to the Thought & System of Reginaldby reginaldus thomas foster and daniel patricius mccarthycatholic university of america, 831 pages, $39.95 A recent online video shows a math teacher expounding the . . . . Continue Reading »

Waugh on the Merits

From the October 2017 Print Edition

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisitedby philip eadehenry holt, 432 pages, $32 Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was born in 1903 to upper-middle-class Anglicans who lived in a suburb of London. He attended a boarding secondary school (Lancing College), read history at Oxford, published his first book (a . . . . Continue Reading »

Pontifex Minimus

From the Aug/Sept 2017 Print Edition

Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivityby james martin, s.j.harperone, 150 pages, $19.99 Is sodomy a sin? Perplexed readers of Fr. James Martin, S.J.’s latest book will want to put the question to him, . . . . Continue Reading »