Pope Benedict XVI: A personal tribute to the man who resigned two years ago today

My first encounter with Pope Benedict XVI. was marked by his absence. I stood, gently rocked by the waves of the Pacific, where he would stand in a few days' time: on the front deck of the boat that would take him into Sydney Harbour. A number of journalists had been invited ahead of the… Continue reading Pope Benedict XVI: A personal tribute to the man who resigned two years ago today

Heiligung durch Gender-Debatte?

Im neuen Gotteslob ist ein wunderbarer Abschnitt – es ist Nummer 29 – der erklärt, warum wir auf der Welt sind. Das Ziel unseres Daseins ist, steht dort, ein "Leben in Fülle". Anders gesagt: Wir sind aufgefordert, die besten Menschen zu sein, die wir nur sein können. Die Pop-Psychologen und Management-Berater nennen das "unser Potential… Continue reading Heiligung durch Gender-Debatte?

What the **** is wrong with Jonathan Franzen? (Drive-by Cultural Criticisms, No. 1)

Here's the thing: Modernity, especially the reality this word describes in Western societies at the moment, deserves all it can get in terms of critical analysis. There is not nearly enough of it to go around, though there is a lot of relativistic rubbish that is passed off as such. Given the sheer lack of… Continue reading What the **** is wrong with Jonathan Franzen? (Drive-by Cultural Criticisms, No. 1)