Archive for October 30th 2009
William Bole offers a critique of the social conservative movement, arguing that too often their positions are indistinguishable from the platform of the Republican National Committee. This is unfortunate, Bole contends, because a truly independent social conservative movement could play a key role in implementing policies designed to strengthen the family.
Associate editor Kevin Clarke interviews John Donaghy, a lay missionary from Honduras, on the country's political crisis in wake of the ouster of Manuel Zelaya on June 28. Donaghy assesses the church's response to what some have called a coup d'etat, and what impact the political strife will have on the country's poor.
What would "Mexican Night" look like in heaven? The Jesuit Peter Steele offers a playful scenario in his poem of the same name, read here by the author along with "Kyrie Eleison, "Lazarus at the Gate (After Tiepolo)," and other writings. For more on the Australian poet read Jim McDermott's profile of Steele in the October 19 issue.
Paul Moses recounts the remarkable meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil in the midst of the Fifth Crusade. Moses explores why this meeting was glossed over for so many years, and what the encounter can teach contemporary observers in an age of tense Muslim-Christian relations.