Terry Teachout's life of the bad boy of Baltimore.Nov 4, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 08 • By GEORGE WEIGEL
A Life of H.L. Mencken
by Terry Teachout
HarperCollins, 432 pp., $29.95
IN THE FALL OF 1923, James M. Cain, a reporter then aspiring to a literary career, had lunch in Baltimore with H.L. Mencken, who was on the verge of launching a new journal, the American Mercury. Despite the fact, or perhaps because of the fact, that Mencken did nearly all the talking during a four-hour meal, Cain left under the spell.
Father Ernest Fortin, 1923-2002.Nov 4, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 08 • By WERNER J. DANNHAUSER
Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach
Essays on Religion and Political Philosophy in Honor of Ernest L. Fortin, A.A.
edited by Michael P. Foley and Douglas Kries
Lexington, 344 pp., $75
Dissent and Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Dante and His Precursors
by Ernest L. Fortin
Lexington, 182 pp., $22.95
THE EXTRAORDINARY SCHOLAR, political philosopher, and theologian Father Ernest Fortin passed away on Tuesday, October 22, at age seventy-eight, surrounded by Carmelite sisters praying the rosary on his behalf.
His new book attacking Pope Pius XII is filled with factual errors, providing an opportunity for other anti-Catholic writers to claim the middle ground.12:00 AM, Oct 23, 2002 • By J. BOTTUM
IF YOU HAVEN'T been able to read all the writing about Pius XII, the Catholic Church, and the Holocaust, you needn't feel too bad. Not even scholars in the field have been able to keep up. By my count, there have been at least fourteen books on the subject in the last three years, with the threat of more to come.
Some of these run contrary to type. The very liberal Catholic Justus George Lawler, for instance, constructs a witty and learned defense against Pius's attackers in his recent "Popes and Politics." But mostly the books keep to their origins.
The case of the curious critic.Oct 14, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 05 • By JON L. BREEN
The Anthony Boucher Chronicles
Reviews and Commentary 1942-1947
edited by Francis M. Nevins
Ramble House, 3 volumes, $21.95 each
The Sound of Detection
Ellery Queen's Adventures in Radio
by Francis M. Nevins and Martin Grams Jr.
OTR, 267 pp., $29.95
AFTER PRODUCING seven detective novels between 1937 and 1942, Anthony Boucher quit writing books and started reviewing them.
For all that the creative spirit is superior to the critical, Boucher made the right choice. As a mystery writer, he was skilled but derivative, heavily influenced by Ellery Queen, G.K.
George Weigel explains it all.Oct 14, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 05 • By JUSTIN TORRES
The Courage to Be Catholic
Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church
by George Weigel
Basic, 208 pp., $22
FOR NOW, at least, the media seem to consider that the June meeting of America's Catholic bishops in Dallas largely brought the priestly abuse scandals to a close--which, for the bishops, was more than fine: The whole point of Dallas was to take the fire out of the story.
From the September 30, 2002 Dallas Morning News: China may be on its way to becoming a Christian nation.12:00 AM, Oct 1, 2002 • By TERRY EASTLAND
DAVID AIKMAN is back from three months in China, having taken more than 800 pages of notes, and he reports a religious awakening that could have enormous political implications.
For 23 years the senior foreign correspondent for Time, Aikman has reported all the big international stories of our time. He is an accomplished journalist, the author of a 1998 book containing compelling biographies of Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul, among others. He is also the unusual journalist, interested as he is in the role of religion in a given country.
12:00 AM, Jun 8, 2002 • By MARY EBERSTADT
This last quotation of Greeley's brings us to the most pernicious evasive maneuver of all. That is the attempt to define the problem away with the language of therapeutic expertise. Central to this effort has been the supposed distinction that, as Newsweek and a thousand other sources have put it, "The great majority of cases now before the church involve not pedophilia but 'ephebophilia,' an attraction to post-pubescent youths."
Indeed, the appeal of this pseudo-scientific distinction is one of the curious features of the scandal commentary.
There are solid reasons to worry about repeat offenses from child abusers.Jun 17, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 39 • By JOHN J. DILULIO JR.
THIS WEEK, nearly 300 Catholic bishops are gathering in Dallas to discuss whether parish priests who behave as pedophiles should lose their clerical collars after the first offense or be given one or more chances to repent and reform before being demoted, disgraced, or defrocked. Some bishops reportedly oppose any one-strike policy in favor of having each diocese use psychological evaluations in deciding, case by case, what to do with known perpetrators. Last month, the U.S.
Beneath the scandals now consuming the Catholic church is a cluster of facts too enormous to ignore.Jun 17, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 39 • By MARY EBERSTADT
"The abuse of the young is a grave symptom of a crisis affecting not only the church but society as a whole."
--Pope John Paul II, speech to American Cardinals, April 2002
A review of "Passionate Uncertainty."Jun 3, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 37 • By PAUL SHAUGHNESSY
Inside the American Jesuits
by Peter McDonough and Eugene C.
How Christian is America?May 13, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 34 • By ROBERT P. KRAYNAK
The Open Church
by Michael Novak
Transaction, 370 pp., $29.95
Three In One
Essays on Democratic Capitalism, 1976-2000
by Michael Novak
Rowman & Littlefield, 344 pp., $26.95
On Two Wings
Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding
by Michael Novak
Encounter, 235 pp., $23.95
MANY INTELLECTUALS dream of changing the world, but only a few end up exerting much influence. One of those few is Michael Novak.
From just war to human cloning.May 13, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 34 • By GILBERT MEILAENDER
The Patient as Person
Explorations in Medical Ethics
by Paul Ramsey
Yale University Press, 320 pp., $17.95
IN A TIME when war and cloning seem to dominate the news, it is worth recalling the writings of Paul Ramsey--for he spent a decade of his life thinking and writing about just-war theory, and better than another decade helping to shape the emerging field of bioethics.
The radical gospel.May 13, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 34 • By THOMAS HIBBS
With the Grain of the Universe
The Church's Witness and Natural Theology
by Stanley Hauerwas
Brazos, 249 pp., $22.99
The Hauerwas Reader
edited by John Berkman and Michael G. Cartwright
Duke University Press, 744 pp., $27.95
WHAT DO THE POPE, a Mennonite pacifist, and the founder of the left-leaning Catholic Worker movement have in common?
Francis Fukuyama defends humanity.Apr 29, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 32 • By J. BOTTUM
Our Posthuman Future
Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution
by Francis Fukuyama
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 272 pp., $25
FRANCIS FUKUYAMA is right, of course, when he says in his new book, "Our Posthuman Future," that we should be frightened by the Brave New World that eugenic biotechnology has opened up for us. He's right about the probable causes. He's right about the likely effects. He's right about the incapacity of researchers to prevent themselves from pursuing new scientific discoveries.
Matt Labash, Protestant shopper.Apr 22, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 31 • By MATT LABASH
THE FIRST TIME I recall seeing Jesus, I was in Mrs. Schlaeger's K-4 class at Mt. Olive Lutheran School. My family wasn't Lutheran, but they decided I could pass. As a preschooler, I did my best impression of being a cool customer. I made miracles out of Tinkertoys, and cut a dashing figure in Captain Kirk shirts and dingo boots. Inside, however, I was a frightened child. When the teacher assigned impossible tasks such as spelling our first names, I panicked, wishing myself back home on the couch, watching Mike Douglas with my mom.