Daily Archives: February 8, 2021

Compiègne

—June 2001, June 1940 I We take the train, a friend and I, northeast from Paris.  Old Compiègne has cobblestones, fine buildings, souvenirs of war (not least, an empress’s museum), overtones of failure.  First, we visit the château, have lunch at a café, outdoors, in shade, then find a taxi driver free to show us—somber…

COVID-19: A Liturgical Response

Should churches obey government restrictions on public services due to COVID-19? This has been a controversial question among Christians, and this essay will not answer it. Partisans on both sides, after all, are motivated by non-negotiable common goods: health on the one hand, religion on the other. Many Americans, of course, are particularly concerned with…

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