Monday's News & Ideas

  • End of a Catholic moment?
  • Prayer, listening & waiting
  • Religion & premarital sex
  • Wills on the priesthood
  • Vatican intrigue
  • Science of competition

The end of a Catholic momentThe New York Times: Ross Douthat says we may have reached the end of a distinctive "Catholic moment" in American politics.The American Conservative: Goodbye, Catholic moment

Prayer is not pious. Like art, it simply needs attention to that which is otherThe (London) Guardian: Even the familiar liturgy of the Shipping Forecast can lead Giles Fraser to reflect upon the lives of those he will never meet.

Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalriesWashington Post: Next pope will inherit a gerontocracy obsessed with turf and Italian politics, uninterested in basic management practices and hostile to reforms.

Religion and premarital sexBoston Globe: Study finds that Muslims, true to Islam's conservative reputation, were the least likely of all major religious groups to have had sex before marriage:

Apostolic transgressionThe New York Times: Garry Wills' quarrel is not with priests but with the specious notion of the priesthood.

The Spark

Bet you can't read this as fast as your friend canWe compete for prizes, for promotions, for parking spaces. We compete to see who's fastest, who's strongest, who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. All of us compete to some extent, the authors of a new book on competition tell the Los Angeles Times. "But we have different makeups that make us different types of competitors."

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