McNamara’s Blog on Hiatus for the Weekend

Dear Friends, This weekend, for the first time in over two months, McNamara’s Blog will be on hiatus, as I will be on retreat at St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset. The house was originally the Long Island mansion of the financier and philanthropist Nicholas Brady (1878-1930) and his wife Genevieve. Named Inisfada (Gaelic for [Read More...]

Cardinal Gibbons and the Knights of Labor

Today marks the day that Cardinal James Gibbons (1834-1921) of Baltimore (seen above) issued his defense of the Knights of Labor. The Knights of Labor was one of America’s first labor unions, founded in 1869. By the 1880’s, it was the largest, with nearly 700,000 members led by Terence V. Powderly, a devout Irish Catholic [Read More...]

Georges Bernanos, Catholic Novelist

Today marks the death of Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), one of the leading Catholic novelists of the twentieth century. Born in Paris, he studied at Jesuit schools, and for a while he thought about becoming a priest. Instead, he studied law and literature at the Sorbonne, after which he became editor of a royalist newspaper. Since [Read More...]