Associate editor Matt Malone, S.J., and America blogger Michael Sean Winters analyze the first presidential debate and look forward to the vice presidential contest on October 2. Winters is the author of Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats.
Archive for September 29th 2008
Kathleen Norris, author of the best-selling The Cloister Walk, talks about her new memoir, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks and A Writer's Life. Norris describes her battles with acedia, a spiritual affliction once called "the noonday demon" by monks and other contemplatives. Norris also talks about the difference between acedia and depression, and recalls the life and work of her late husband, the poet David Dwyer.
Drew Christiansen, S.J., editor in chief of America, previews the Synod on the Word of God, the worldwide gathering of bishops taking place in October to discuss the place of Scripture in the life of the church. America's special issue on the synod covers the meeting from a variety of angles, looking at the Catholic understanding of the Old Testament, lectio divina and the preaching and proclamation of the Word. How can the church make the second reading from Paul better known? Can the revitalization of Scripture help renew the study of moral theology? Fr. Christiansen discusses these and other issues in this wide-ranging interview.
Mark Stricherz, author of Why The Democrats are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People's Party, recalls the Catholic bosses of the post-war era who helped to transform the Democratic party and advance the cause of Civil Rights. Stricherz, who will be blogging for America during the fall election season, also looks at the contest between Barack Obama and John McCain and analyzes why "value voters" are still skeptical of an Obama presidency. Read Stricherz's article from the September 22 issue of America, "King David's Legacy."
Matt Malone, S.J., associate editor of America, and Michael Sean Winters, America blogger and author of Left at the Altar: How the Democrats Lost the Catholics and How the Catholics Can Save the Democrats, look back at the two party conventions and assess the candidates' chances entering the final 60 days of the campaign.
Donna Freitas, the author of Sex and the Soul, talks about her new young adult novel, The Possibilities of Sainthood, which tells the story of a young girl who wants to become the the patron saint of kissing--while she's still alive. Given the paucity of young adult novels with a Catholic bent, Freitas and host Tim Reidy discuss how such a book can educate as well as entertain.