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Angelo Matera

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it."
Angelo Matera | 31 posts | Member since 11.11.07

Opinion > Politics

What the Presidential Election Reveals About the American Soul

Posted on 03.17.08 | Rating: 5

What the Presidential Election Reveals About the American Soul With the death this week of Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, the passing of the generation that founded the lay movements and greatly influenced Vatican II is accelerating. St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, died in 1975, and Servant of God Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement, died in 1980. Within… READ MORE >

(4) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    albacete | election | hertzberg | olasky

Opinion > Politics

None of the Above: The Only Vote Worth Casting in November?

Posted on 03.06.08 | Rating: 5

None of the Above: The Only Vote Worth Casting in November? As I listened to John McCain’s victory speech Tuesday night, spelling out the themes of his general election campaign—no apologies for the Iraq war, fight the “global war on terror” like it’s World War IV, keep taxes low, and global markets free—in other words, stay the course, the harsh reality of having to choose between him… READ MORE >

(48) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    cst | macintyre | mccain | obama

Opinion > Faith

Looking at the Pew Study: Danger Ahead?

Posted on 03.03.08 | Rating: 4

Looking at the Pew Study: Danger Ahead? What are we to make of the negative Catholic headlines last week from the Pew study of religious affiliation? “Catholicism has experienced the greatest net losses as a result of affiliation changes” … “Approximately one-third of the survey respondents who say they were raised Catholic no longer describe themselves as Catholic” …… READ MORE >

(3) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    faith | lapsed | religion

Opinion > Spirituality

The Joy of Nada—Doing Nothing for Lent

Posted on 02.15.08 | Rating: 5

The Joy of Nada—Doing Nothing for Lent Pascal said “the sole cause of man’s unhappiness” is that he doesn’t know “how to stay quietly in his room.” That suggests something you can do for Lent—nothing. It’s not too late. If you’ve forgotten how, “All Nothing, All the Time,” a travel article in today’s New York Times, can help. “Aggressive… READ MORE >

(3) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    lent | nothing | travel

Opinion > Science/Tech

Sunny Anand and the Hidden Pain of the Unborn

Posted on 02.14.08 | Rating: 5

Sunny Anand and the Hidden Pain of the Unborn Annie Murphy Paul’s “The First Ache,” which appeared in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, is the perfect companion piece to Austen Ivereigh’s “A Question of Empathy.” Both articles show how science is changing the terms of the abortion debate by “personifying” the unborn. In Paul’s fascinating article, she zeros in… READ MORE >

(2) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    abortion | brain | pain | pro-choice | pro-life

Opinion > Faith

GodSpy 2.0: Engaging Secular Culture

Posted on 02.06.08 | Not Rated

GodSpy 2.0: Engaging Secular Culture After a lengthy hiatus, today—Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent— we resume publishing GodSpy in a new daily blog/magazine format. It’s never been our style at GodSpy to do much public navel-gazing about what we’re doing. We prefer to let individual writers have their say, and focus on what’s happening in… READ MORE >

(9) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    church | godspy

Opinion > Issues

The Pope, the ‘La Sapienza’ Protests, and the Death of Irony

Posted on 01.18.08 | Rating: 4

The Pope, the ‘La Sapienza’ Protests, and the Death of Irony The sad irony of the recent protests at Rome’s La Sapienza University that kept Pope Benedict XVI from speaking there was that they were based entirely on a mistake. Not only was the source of the protests—a 1990 quote about Galileo lifted from a speech given by then Cardinal Ratzinger—taken out-of-context, the statement… READ MORE >


Opinion > Issues

Michael Massing: An Inconvenient Truth Teller

Posted on 12.16.07 | Rating: 3

Michael Massing: An Inconvenient Truth Teller Two years ago for GodSpy I interviewed press critic Michael Massing about his Columbia Journalism Review essay that criticized the New York Times for ignoring public concern about the harmful effects of pop culture on children. In an interesting twist, Massing in the New York Review of Books this week cites a GodSpy interview in an essay he’s… READ MORE >


News > Culture

Scholar sees a Catholic in the Bard

Posted on 11.30.07 | Not Rated

Scholar sees a Catholic in the Bard Another book arguing that Shakespeare’s plays were written from a Catholic perspective. It’s too bad, but until there’s hard evidence that Shakespeare was a practicing Catholic, the literary establishment will keep ignoring these books. The best one so far is Claire Asquith’s Shadowplay. READ MORE >

(1) COMMENT  |  TOPICS:    drama | england | shakespeare

Opinion > Culture

Norman Mailer, subversive conservative

Posted on 11.26.07 | Not Rated

Norman Mailer, subversive conservative Since Norman Mailer’s death two weeks ago there’s been an outpouring of eulogies about the “passing of the sixties generation.” As a Catholic, I’ve always been attracted to Mailer because he perfectly embodied the contradictions of that era. Part drunken orgy, part moral crusade, the sixties at times was like a distorted, bizarro… READ MORE >

(0) COMMENTS  |  TOPICS:    norman mailer | sixties

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