The Catholic Church scandal continues to grow. The Nebraska attorney general has now asked three dioceses for records. The Missouri attorney general has started an investigation. Cathiolics are beginning to see this as more than a crisis, says Canadian David Warren. A bishop resigns from his diocese in Kansas and submits his resignation from the priesthood – at 78 years old. The Get Religion blog continues to look at the international mainstream media, and isn’t, covering the issue. These are dark days for the oldest Christian church.
My favorite character in The Lord of the Ringstrilogy was and remains Sam Gamgee, Frodo Baggins’ faithful friend. At An Unexpected Journey, Zak Schmoll writes about the heroism of the ordinary in Tolkien’s great work, and Sam has a large place in that.
Clive James on his new epic poem, Ann Kroeker on writing tight, Michael Perry on the value of the old family snapshot, Daniel Luttrell on the impact of Facebook on local politics, some color photos of pre-Revolution Russia commissioned by the tsar, and more.
Art and Photography
Why Archbishop Vigano is almost certainly telling the truth -- Edward Feser.
Life and Culture
Writing and Literature
Be Thou My Vision – Nathan Pacheco
Painting: Man reading, oil on canvas by (1877-1965).