June 23, 2020

Just a note to thank all of our readers for their continued presence on Vox Nova blog.  We recently received our check from Patheos, and this time we have donated the funds to Catholic Relief Services to support communities affected by the pandemic. Read more

June 21, 2020

To follow up on my post from last week containing my open letter to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of Columbus, I want to link to a column by Fr. Peter Daly, a retired priest in Washington DC.   He writes for the National Catholic Reporter, and his anger at what the KofC did (or did not do) is palpable, leading to his very public resignation from the Knights.  Here is a sampler: I’m done! I’m done with the Knights of Columbus…. Read more

June 7, 2020

As you may be aware, on Tuesday, June 2, President Trump visited the national shrine of St. John Paul II, which is run (or at least financially supported by) the Knights of Columbus.  This visit came on the heels of his controversial photo-op in front of St. John’s Episcopal in Washington DC, a visit which was preceded by the tear-gassing and forcible removal of non-violent demonstrators, including the pastor of St. John’s.  The visit the shrine was a ill-disguised campaign… Read more

May 30, 2020

In 2005, novelist David Foster Wallace gave a university commencement speech that began like this: There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” Wallace immediately seeks to reassure his… Read more

April 11, 2020

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome a guest post by Leanne Ogasawara.   Joan Didion had it right when she said life in Los Angeles has an apocalyptic quality. She wasn’t just talking about earthquakes and fires that strike like lightning, but we have demon winds that howl in autumn and winter rains that can cause mountains to slide into the sea. She wrote of sleepless nights with “peacocks screaming in the olive trees.” In Pasadena their shrieks can surely… Read more

April 8, 2020

Greetings from Buffalo, NY, USA. Today begins Passover, and tomorrow begins the Christian Triduum. For many across the world today, these traditions are bittersweet to say the least. As of this writing, the United States – currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic – just reported its highest daily death rate yet; in Spain, deaths had declined but are on the rise again. We will not be gathering for public worship this year. While I am fortunate to be spending… Read more

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