Godfellas– The Movie

Shusaku Endo (1923-1996) was a convert to Catholicism who became one of the leading Catholic novelists of the twentieth century. He is sometimes called the Japanese Graham Greene,” and his 1966 book Silence invites comparison to Greene’s The Power and the Glory. Both novels feature a priest on the run from a government seeking to [Read More...]

Happy Birthday, Cardinal Newman!

Saturday, February 21, is the birthday of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Cardinal Newman (1801-1890). A graduate of Oxford, he was ordained an Anglican priest in 1824. Newman’s preaching and his writing made him one of the rising stars among the Anglican clergy of his day, and that’s why it was such a shock when [Read More...]

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...]