Weeks in Review — April 7-27, 2012

Weeks in Review

Looking over the last few weeks, one event stands out — with a large portion of the TJP staff residing in Boston, the Marathon bombing and its aftermath not only took up a week of our lives, but also occasioned quite a bit of coverage here on the site. Along with those pieces, we’d also like to highlight some more two more hopeful pieces, also coming from Boston.

But before we do any of that, let us point you at the pieces you should just stop and read now, if you haven’t already.

Stop Here, Read Now

  • Quang Tran looks at some of the many difficult questions the ongoing Gosnell trial in Philadelphia raises: “Would the abortions Gosnell performed be more professional and acceptable if there were no blood, no noise, and no pain?”
  • Any conversion story’s generally worth listening to: this one you need to hear now. Jay Hooks interviews Kaya Oakes, the author of Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church.
  • “‘Amateur.’ It actually means ‘lover.'” And if that doesn’t convince you, it’s Brendan Busse writing about it.

Reasons to hope

  • We welcomed a Jesuit from Down Under, studying in Boston, to TJP — Phil Moller writes on his first American Easter, and the questions it raised for him about what makes faith possible in our modern and secular age.
  • Sam Sawyer takes a look at a young adult ministry that actually attracts young adults, and asks them why — at Boston College’s Agape Latte.

The view from Boston

From the bloggers

Issues and analysis
from environmentalism to immigration to curial reform

On the culture beat

With hopes and prayers for a more peaceful set of weeks to review next time, we’ll see you back here (often, we hope!) at TJP.

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