Paper Clippings The Blog of The Crossroads Cultural Center

Paper Clippings, more than a classical blog, is a service providing valuable reading material in order to help readers reach a judgment about current affairs. Comments and discussion are more than welcome.

Sunday
Jan292006

The truth

This NYTimes Magazine story on Evangelical missionaries in Africa is worth reading.

Friday
Jan272006

The only measure

Liliana Cavani on the new encyclical.

Thursday
Jan262006

Social intelligence

What could be responsible for this?

Thursday
Jan262006

Evangelical attack

This article from Morocco reveals a slightly different perception of the notion of religious freedom.

Thursday
Jan262006

A new frame

An Israeli view of the Hamas electoral victory.

Wednesday
Jan252006

To experience love

A summary of the new encyclical.

Wednesday
Jan252006

Afraid of what?

This British commentator makes a good point: that the virulent anti-Christian attitude of some people on the political left is really a symptom of deep insecurity about their own values.

Monday
Jan232006

Unavoidable alienation?

Also from S. Magister, more details on the Pope's view of Islam.

Sunday
Jan222006

Symbolic figure

This biography of Maritain sounds interesting. He was a remarkable figure that embodied both the strengths and weaknesses of the Christian experience in Europe in the 20th century. He loved the US as a model of harmony between freedom and Christianity. It would be important to try and understand why, ultimately, he was defeated in his own time.

Saturday
Jan212006

Pulling weeds

Fr. Neuhaus thinks that the papacy of Benedict XVI is being undermined by the American Jesuits. Sandro Magister thinks it is being undermined by the neo-cathecumenals. At any rate, the best starting point is gratitude for who this Pope is and what he says. A pontificate is also undermined when we try and use it to push our well-meaning political plans for the Church.

Saturday
Jan212006

Searching for rigor

The debate on this new education bill is interesting.

Friday
Jan202006

Corrupt midgets

Amir Taheri is one of the most lucid commentators on Iran.

Thursday
Jan192006

Nomura's jellyfish

There is always some weird interesting creature you did not know about.

Sunday
Jan152006

Will that be enough?

Joseph Bottum argues that the mediocrity of the hierarchy has not prevented the emergence of a class of influential Catholic public figures who are holding the line against the nihilism of the liberal elites. There may be some truth to that, except it is not clear that their cultural arsenal is really that much stronger than (or different from) mainstream (protestant) american conservatism. Unfortunately, opposition to abortion is not, per se, enough to build a new culture.

Sunday
Jan152006

Uniform ignorance

A defeat for school vouchers in Florida.