You just can’t catch…

You just can’t catch a break if you’re one of those people who wants to defend Pius XII against the flood of attacks in recent years. In his quiet but unrelenting way, Ronald Rychlak has been covering this beat for almost a decade, most notably in his 2000 book Hitler, the War, and the . . . . Continue Reading »

Every year, FIRST THINGS and the…

Every year, FIRST THINGS and the Institute on Religion & Public Life sponsor the Erasmus Lecture, a talk in New York City about¯well, yes¯the first things in religion and public life. Tickets are still available for this year’s event, the nineteenth annual lecture in the series, on . . . . Continue Reading »

A number of readers have…

A number of readers have asked whether I will be responding to Garry Wills’ long article in the New York Review of Books (October 6) claiming that a few friends and I are manipulating the Vatican and the White House to create what he calls government by "the fringes." When the pope . . . . Continue Reading »

I had lunch yesterday with …

I had lunch yesterday with Alan Jacobs, whose new book The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis will be published next week, just in time for Disney’s movie version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe . Alan once wrote a hilarious piece in the Weekly Standard that mentioned the . . . . Continue Reading »

And now for something completely …

And now for something completely different. Well, not completely different but different enough. For some time we’ve been discussing how to make this site even more useful. I assume it is already useful because it is used so much by so many. People more at home than I am in the ethereal worlds . . . . Continue Reading »

The trouble with blogging …

The trouble with blogging, RJN, is narrative structure. Or maybe voice. Or maybe diction. Or maybe syntax. Or maybe I just don’t have a clue about the deep configuration of the blog entry as a literary genre. Does anything go? Does nothing go? I’ve got this really nice little . . . . Continue Reading »