Michael S. Rose
Achebe centers on the clash of civilizations between his native Ibo culture and Christian missionaries who established colonial government in Nigeria.
MEET SOCIOLOGICAL MAN
In the sociological imagination, it is man who creates God. Once he frees himself from God, anything is possible, or at least appears to be.
Jason M. Morgan
God leads us singly, according to our soul’s most intricate pathways, to the joy that we were born to know as unrepeatable individuals.
PRELUDES & POINTS — PART II
Richard Upsher Smith Jr.
The missionaries' love enabled them to long for martyrdom for the salvation of souls.
PRELUDES & POINTS — PART I
Historians have to “get inside” their subjects if they are to understand and represent them well. 2,845 miles' worth of investigations are reported here.
ONE HOME IS A GATEWAY TO CATHOLICISM
A remarkable family and their little spiritual oasis in the Gateway to the West have become, as divine fate would have it, a gateway to Catholicism.
How much of Chinese daily and intellectual life, so utterly foreign to men from both Athens and Jerusalem, can be carried over into communion with Rome?
A LIFE UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Twelve writers offer recollections of Dale Vree in tribute to his mind, his character, and the impact he had on the American Catholic intellectual scene.
EDITOR OF NEW OXFORD REVIEW FOR 31 YEARS
With a heavy heart I announce the death of Dale Vree, my father and former editor of the NEW OXFORD REVIEW. He passed away peacefully on December 10.
What happens when a fairly obscure writer picks a fight with a Christian YouTube celebrity who has over 200,000 followers?
A review by Christopher Beiting of Francis Bethel, O.S.B's book John Senior and the Restoration of Realism
FROM THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS TO THE BOSOM OF ABRAHAM
At every step, what I wanted was for my grandfather to know and love Christ. What I expected that to look like changed and matured as I did.
MIRACLES, MEDALS & AUDIOTAPE
The story of this repentant and reformed killer is an astounding tale of redemption and sacrifice that has inspired authors, playwrights, and filmmakers.
WALKING BAREFOOT TO ST. PETER'S
Newman was both enchanted and perplexed by the new scenes and ceremonies he encountered, especially those related to the strange and exotic Catholic Church.
LIVING IN THE YARD WON'T DO
The Catholic must, when he can, tell his Protestant friends that they should complete their faith by entering the Catholic Church.
Anne Barbeau Gardiner
Clayton requested a "formal tie to the monastery" while in jail. He said he was already leading a monastic life and was eager for it to be embraced by the Church.
JOSEPH CHIHWATENHA, HURON CATHOLIC
Clement Anthony Mulloy
Joseph Chihwatenha was a convert of the Huron tribe who helped the Jesuits and became the cornerstone of the emerging Huron Church.
Kerouac said, “I am not ashamed to wear the crucifix of my Lord. It is because I am Beat, that is, I believe in beatitude and that God so loved the world that he gave his own begotten son to it.”
This large collection on notable British and Irish converts offers nearly a thousand entries, often with excerpts of writings by or about them, stating the motives for conversion.
In England, with the establishment of the ordinariate, the effects of Pope Benedict's 2010 visit could be felt in concrete ways for years to come.
EVANGELICAL, EPISCOPALIAN, CATHOLIC
Review of Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC 1874-1908 by William Oddie
FROM DEBATE TO DISCOVERY
CALL OF THE WILD
Anglican prelates are already dropping hints that they are seriously considering taking up Pope Benedict's offer to help them across the Tiber.
WAKING UP CATHOLIC
Review of Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits
Review of The Catholic Mystique edited by Jennifer Ferrara and Patricia Sodano Ireland
Review of An American Conversion: One Man's Discovery of Beauty and Truth in Times of Crisis by Deal W. Hudson
Review of There We Stood, Here We Stand: 11 Lutherans Discover Their Catholic Roots edited by Timothy Drake...
AN ILLNESS OR AN INVITATION?
Newman expressed negative views about a corporate reunion between Anglicans and Catholics; he valued real conversions more than such far-fetched schemes.
THE QUINTESSENCE OF WOMANHOOD
Her character and life epitomize an ideal of sainthood essential for a modern world suffering a crisis of the family and the deconstruction of the home.
John C. Chalberg
A history of British “literary converts” is a story of spiritual inspiration over the course of the “age of unbelief” that constitutes the full run of the 20th century.
RETURNING TO THE BEDSIDE OF MY SUFFERING MOTHER
Many presume that Orthodoxy is merely Catholicism without a pope. This is not so.
GOODBYE JUDAISM, FAREWELL SCIENTISM, HELLO CATHOLICISM
My spiritual adventure, taken over the past dozen years, made stops in Shrewsbury to meet Darwin and in Wittenberg to see Luther.
Tate was a critic, poet, novelist, and intellectual of the first rank. Neglect of his work today is due in large part to his conversion to Catholicism.
JESUS OF NAZARETH, MASTER PSYCHOLOGIST
Art & Larraine Bennett
An encounter with Jesus turns out to be often paradoxical and surprising, uncomfortable in the moment yet ultimately curative.
What happened during the thousand years from Constantine to Jogaila that made Europe Christian? And how did it work?
William J. Tighe
Since all that was valid about the “Reformation protest” has been accepted by the Church, it is time for Protestants to “come home.”
"...THROUGH A BROKEN HEART MAY LORD CHRIST ENTER IN"
The wittiest man of his time, who considered himself a "violent Papist," believed that, of all religions, Catholicism is the one worth dying in.
AN "INVISIBLE CHURCH" JUST DOESN'T HACK IT
Structural unity is the only type of oneness that is complete, visible, and credible to a nonbelieving world.
HEARING THE COCK CROW
The question of a theology teacher’s basic attitude toward the Church is a deep one, and crucial.
NO LONGER MAKING UP MY OWN RELIGION
FROM NEW DELHI TO ROME
Despite the best efforts of certain liberal Catholics to convince me otherwise, I sensed that Catholicism requires some form of submission.
IS ONE RELIGION BASICALLY AS GOOD AS ANOTHER?
Francis E. King
FROM "FEELINGS" TO OBJECTIVE TRUTH
Kenneth J. Howell
WAS I GOING CRAZY?
Review of Surprised by Truth
Christopher T. Dodson
Review of Black Elk: Holy Man of the Oglala
MERTON'S GENERATION & OUR OWN
A review of Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism
Review of The Parting of Friends: The Wilberforces and Henry Manning
Review of Orestes A. Brownson: Selected Writings edited by Patrick W. Carey
Review of Newman on Being a Christian by Ian Ker
CHRIST AND NEIGHBOR
John C. Cort
Paul van K. Thomson
THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE: THE CHURCH
James J. Thompson Jr.
Review of Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years by Martin Stannard
Raymond T. Gawronski, S.J.
Review of Mustard Seeds by L. Brent Bozell
L. Brent Bozell
Review of The New Catholics edited by Dan O'Neill
A "POSITIVELY BIZARRE" CONVERSION
Peter E. Gillquist
Review of One Step Enough by Peter Cornwell
Thomas W. Case
Review of Fleeing the Whore of Babylon by James J. Thompson Jr.
James G. Hanink
The drama of martyrdom, for both Edith Stein — philosopher, convert, Carmelite — and Jerzy Popieluszko — priest and patriot — commands our attention.
DRAWN TO THE SACRAMENTAL MYSTERIES
Peter K. Weiskel
“Catholic” means “including everybody.” Catholicism is both a sanctuary for adoration and contemplation, and an animator of political and social reconstruction.
MY STORMY ROAD…TO ROME
Before answering the question, “Why Rome?” I must respond to another: “Why not Takoma Park?” (Takoma Park, Maryland, is the world headquarters of Seventh-Day Adventism.)
REORIENTING EVANGELICAL PROTESTANTISM
Richard V. Pierard
The blossoming of Christian Rightist organizations in the mid- and late 1960s made me increasingly nervous about the injurious effect of political conservatism on evangelicalism.
Merton was a constantly changing person, and years in the monastery did nothing to stop that process, for all the enclosing, demanding steadiness of the monastic routine.
GROWING UP “ANTI-CATHOLIC”
Flesh-and-blood Catholics I met proved to be generous and kind people who had no desire to gobble up little Protestant boys.
We aspire to no exclusivist, triumphalist, inquisitorial, or truculent “Catholicism.” We will continue to be ecumenical in spirit and aspiration, a meeting ground for Christians.
COMING HOME TO THE CHURCH
When the Mass was translated into English, I noticed right away how often it says “Peace”: it’s repeated over and over again, like a heartbeat, clear through.
The proud and talented scholar threw herself gladly, ecstatically at His feet, He of the Cross, He whose Cross had become her cross.
- Karl Keating