History

Statues falling

Culture | Our own sons are destroying our country’s monuments
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 7/29/20, 10:45 pm

For Christmas 1961 my mother bought me a nun’s suit from the St. Anthony Messenger magazine. 

To St. Joseph’s Church I would make my pilgrimage, pry open the heavy wooden portals; dip fingers in holy water fonts; part the stained glass doors across the narthex; genuflect when reaching the communion rail; kneel before flickering votive candles; and beg with the earnestness of a 9-year-old zealot that the impassive Virgin oblige me with the sign I sought—a raised eyelid, the slightest finger movement. 

She declined.

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Americans’ great expectations, unmet

History | Neither side of our political divide is likely to be satisfied
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/16/20, 05:09 pm

In 1765, when the American Colonies erupted over the Stamp Act, King George didn’t get it. Weren’t these subjects well treated? Did they not prosper from benign neglect? And this taxation they were incensed about was meant to cover the expense of defending them. What was their problem?

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Anthony Montana/Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images

Underfire offers shots seen around the world

Documentary | Soldier Tony Vaccaro captured World War II images like no one else
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/16/20, 03:49 pm

How could you ever lose the mental image of a Nazi tumbling from his tank, burning to death next to you? Or an American soldier kissing a little French girl’s cheek as joyous young women dance, celebrating victory in Europe? 

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