Some Thoughts on Vatican II, Part 1

This is not a post on the documents or formal results of the Council, but more on how things changed in a day-to-day way in the wake of it. I asked my mother (aged 83) once about what she remembered about the pre-Vatican II Church, and she said, “I remember going up to Father before [Read More…]

Beyond Methodological Nationalism

Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. On this continent, too, thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of [Read More…]

A Song for Cuba

My heart pounded as I stepped off the plane and boarded the shuttle that would take me to the terminal. I could hardly believe that I was about to enter the country that once stood at the centre of humanity’s closest brush with nuclear war. This was a nation that, as an American growing up [Read More…]

Suor Cristina Rocks Madonna

Suor Cristina Scuccia is an Italian nun who stunned Italy (and at one remove, the world) with her powerful singing voice.  (A Youtube playlist of her songs from the The Voice can be found here.)   She has now released her first single since winning the competition:  a cover of Madonna’s Like a Virgin: [youtube=] The [Read More…]

The ‘Culture War’ Trope in Catholic Discourse: Useful Construct or Dangerous Weapon?

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome the following guest post by reader Mike McG. The terms ‘culture war’ and ‘culture warrior’ name very real tensions in both secular and religious domains. And yet I wonder if these phrases deepen the very polarization they seek to describe. The terms came into common usage in the early 1990s with [Read More…]

The Human Face of Technology: A Critical Reflection

A recent series of iPhone ads aims to portray a very human side of that product’s technological features.  Not surprisingly, these ads cast technology in a rosy light, which challenges my often critical perspective toward a cultural infatuation with the latest gadgets. I say “challenges” because these ads both reflect and perpetuate a certain cultural [Read More…]

Is there an American Consensus?

For some time now the level of political conversation possible in the public square of this country has been laughable. We seem to be incapable of actually discussing the issues at a rational level. Political elections are no longer won by argument and truth but by spending the most money in the right ways. This [Read More…]

Why India? The Good To Be Had For Christians In The Engagement Of Indian Spirituality

Early Christian writers were able to see the work of providence in the gentile nations. While pagans were outside of the covenant of God with Israel, this did not mean they were outside of God’s providence. For Christ to be the expectation of the nations, God had to prepare them for the Gospel. Thus, there [Read More…]