Switzerland

Ideology is Moral Blindness

Many moons ago, even before Roe v. Wade, I taught an ethics class that consisted of 16 students. At the outset, I used an anonymous questionnaire to learn about their respective stances on abortion. The class was split in half, with eight accepting abortion and eight opposing it. By the end of the course, all [...]

On the Heroic Public Life of Faith Whittlesey

Editor's note: The following eulogy was delivered at the funeral of Faith Whittlesey, who died at home on May 21 at the age of 79. I had the honor of working for Faith both in the Reagan White House and the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland. I admired her unreservedly and we became great friends. I [...]

The Primacy of the Spiritual: Saint Nicholas of Flue

Although our minds are limited in their ability to attain God in this life, we are capable of “greater desire, and love, and pleasure in knowing divine matters” than we are able to find in “the perfect knowledge of the lowest things.” Thus far Aquinas, who taught as one who knew. Saint Nicholas of Flue [...]

Back to the Future

I have inadvertently joined a cult.  No, that's not right.  Perhaps I should say that I have rejoined, for in the distant past I was more than an acolyte.  Here is what happened.  On an order form for review CDs, I saw a 14-disc set of recordings made in the late 1940s and early 1950s [...]

Dust Abhors a Vacuum: A Roger Knight Mystery

Aunt Lucerne was the only relative Philip and Roger Knight had, so it was perhaps fitting that she should be absolute. Once in the dimly remembered past she may have entertained doubts, but this was long before her nephews came to know her. In their experience, she had always been omniscient, riddled with certainty and [...]

Switzerland: It’s like Home Base for child rapists

As you've no doubt heard, yesterday, the government of Switzerland rejected a U.S. request to return fugitive child rapist/film director Roman Polanski to the states for prosecution. He is now, effectively, a free man. The Independent's Johann Hari has the best reaction: So now we know. If you are a 44-year-old man, you can drug [...]

Faithful Adaptations

My wife and I began a new Christmas tradition a couple years ago, and we're trying to spread it. There is a beer - a very remarkable beer - that's named after the season's favorite saint: Samichlaus .  Every year on December 6th, the Feast of St. Nicholas, the good beer brewers of of Austria begin [...]

I Believe In Samichlaus!

My wife and I began a new Christmas tradition a couple years ago, and we're trying to spread it. There is a beer - a very remarkable beer - that's named after the season's favorite saint: Samichlaus .  Every year on December 6th, the Feast of St. Nicholas, the good beer brewers of of Austria begin [...]

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