Catholicism

How a Pope Helped Mussolini Rise to Power

And tried to stop him before it was too late

But then tried to stop him, before it was too late.

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More cluelessness attacks on atheism in the New York Times

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Joseph Bottum, the conservative Catholic writer, has penned a long piece for Commonweal in which he declares that he is now in favor of gay marriage.

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In tomorrow's New York Times, Rachel Donadio has a hilarious piece on the Vatican's 'Gay Lobby,' which Pope Francis acknowledged this week in conversation. It seems that the previous Pope sent a dossier (dossier? really? The Vatican is like MI6) to his successor mentioning this gay lobby, and Pope Francis is reported as saying that, yes, indeed, it exists.

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Euro Skepticism

Why Benedict XVI tried, and failed, to evangelize Europe

Benedict XVI's central ambition was to evangelize his homeland. Why did he fail so badly?

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Poor Cricket

The Victorians By A.N.Wilson (W.W. Norton, 544 pp., $35) A.N. Wilson is a clever and versatile man. He is the author of a dozen novels, variable in quality, the best of which are amusing and skillfully constructed, but with an undertone of moral seriousness, lightly camp but oddly touching. He is a prolific newspaper columnist in Britain.

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