RJN: 4.20.06 Roger Cardinal Mahony…

Roger Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles has been both garnering praise and taking a drubbing for his somewhat melodramatic statements on immigration. A New York Times editorial lauded him for his boldness and his injection of a moral dimension in the political debate. Catholic bishops intervening in . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 4.19.06 If you look over in the…

If you look over in the left-hand column of this web page, you’ll find a link for this¯a notice that the magazine is looking to hire a new managing editor to replace the estimable Erik Ross, who has decided to try new horizons in Poland. If you’ve ever dreamed of working at F IRST . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 4.17.06 It’s common among Catholic…

It’s common among Catholic commentators to look back on the era from the late 1930s to the early 1960s and see a great time of conversions in America and England. There was something in the air that was drawing secularly important or promising people to the Church. The list is well known, and . . . . Continue Reading »

JB: 4.18.06 Muriel Spark is gone…

Muriel Spark is gone , dying on Thursday at age eighty-eight, the last representative of Great Britain’s high literary converts before Vatican II. There’s a revealing moment toward the end of her 1992 memoir of her early career, Curriculum Vitae . Times were hard for her in 1953. She . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 4.14.06 GOOD FRIDAY…

GOOD FRIDAY 2006 “Through Mary he received his humanity, and in receiving his humanity received humanity itself. Which is to say, through Mary he received us. In response to the angel’s strange announcement, Mary said yes. But only God knew that it would end up here at Golgotha, that it . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 4.11.06 Mondays and Tuesdays…

Mondays and Tuesdays are Joseph Bottum’s turns at this site, but he is sick in bed. Please join me in praying for his rapid recovery. Herewith an excerpt from a fine opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal by Fr. Thomas Williams, a seminary rector in Rome, on the kerfuffle over the National . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 4.10.06 When these holy days…

When these holy days roll around, segments of the media, as reliably as clockwork, roll out the latest alleged debunkings of historically recognizable Christianity. There was, for instance, an item a few days ago about a climatologist who opined that back in the old days Galilee experienced cold . . . . Continue Reading »

RJN: 4.7.06 Some tough words from…

Some tough words from the usually understated and scrupulously cautious Mark Chopko, general counsel of the U.S. bishops conference. Surveying legislative and regulative initiatives impinging upon various medical, social, and educational ministries, he says religious institutions are being . . . . Continue Reading »