Collected here are articles and reviews that have appeared in print, as well as a presentation of my books. There are a few interviews and some sound material, notably my reading of the Gospels in Greek, a project that remains work in progress.

Papal Preface

14 December 2023
In times hostile to faith, how does one calculate risk? How does one know when caution is called for, when intransigence? Continue reading

Chastity: Review of Reviews

24 November 2023
To publish a book is to launch it on a course of its own. The author looks on with wonder as it travels to unexpected places. Continue reading

Chastity: Reconciliation of the Senses

12 October 2023
The Church refuses to either absolutise or materialise eros and, in consequence, sexuality. That is, here and now, a counter-cultural position to assume, but the here and now will pass, the Christian vision of human nature endures. Continue reading

Book Review

12 September 2023
'Bishops of the Lutheran Church of Norway are often criticised for meddling in politics, so one asks oneself: is the Catholic bishop also, now, trying to become more political?'. Continue reading

Preface to Marie Noël

15 February 2022 Hanging on in There: An Essay in Meaning
Rarely has literature been at the same time so embodied and so sublime. One thinks of that essential line from the Letter to the Ephesians - ‘anything exposed to the light becomes light’. Continue reading

Twofold Mystery

4 February 2022 The Tablet
After decades of determined inculturation, the time has come to exculturate ourselves somewhat, to be realigned round faith’s vertical axis, to recover our sense of the timeless, to seek God’s will in listening silence, to let our lives be refashioned by grace — why, to be converted.   Continue reading

Preface to Girtanner

19 January 2022 Maïti Girtanner: Resistenza e perdono
In a secular world, forgiveness seems absurd. Detached from the narrative that gives forgiveness meaning and allows it to inform shared experience, we revert to pre-Mosaic categories, that is, to the logic of Lamech - ‘If Cain is avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy-sevenfold. Continue reading

Preface to Merikakis Leiva

12 January 2022 Fire of Mercy
In a time when much academic writing is rushed, polished off quickly to meet the requirements of research assessments, it is good to encounter a text of patient gestation, in which words are weighed and in which, above all, the Word who is the object, not only of enquiry but of desire, is heard.  Continue reading

Entering the Twofold Mystery

29 July 2021
Let us entrust ourselves to God’s freeing possession. Let us run the risk of freedom. Continue reading

Påsketro i pesttid

21 May 2021
Det offentlige er visst ikke i stand til, nå, å gjenkjenne gudstjeneste som noe kategorisk særegent, en form for adferd som fortjener særskilte tiltak, særskilt kreativitet. Vi har tapt en dimensjon av tilværelsen: Det transcendente er strøket fra offisielt ordforråd. Continue reading

The Joy of God

10 October 2019
Possessed of a sharp, analytical mind, Sr Mary David also had a keen sense of poetry. She was always one to go deeper, to probe further, to extend the horizon, dissatisfied with anything that was less han whole - and mindful that the wholeness she sought will tend to exceed what words on their own can express. Continue reading

Thomas Merton, Fjellet med de syv trinn

8 September 2019
At mange, ennå idag, møter Merton som en åndsfrende, er i stor grad fordi han så troverdig beskrev sine dykk ned i mørket og det han der fant: mangfoldet, fascinasjonen, også frykten. Sommetider bragte han et enkelt funn—en korall, en sjøstjerne—opp i lyset og åpenbarte dets skjønnhet. Continue reading

The Shattering of Loneliness

15 September 2018
Ancient monks often prefaced their writings by saying: 'May what I have written be of use to you.' That is my wish also. Continue reading

Cristiana Piccardo, Living Wisdom

11 November 2014
Today, in the wake of the so-called death of ideologies (ideologies that have always tried to answer the human heart's quest for happiness), we do not merely find ourselves facing a dearth of more or less convincing answers, or even the utopia of an answer; the questions themselves have ceased. And the loss of questions seems infinitely graver than the loss of answers. Continue reading

Elisabeth Paule Labat, The Song That I Am

27 April 2014
The symphony of the saints will be marked by neither tragedy nor pathos, yet all that is truly great in tragedy and pathos will resonate within it, bathed in perfect place, like an immense surge that rises from the bottom of the sea yet spreads upon the surface in gentle ripples. Continue reading

Redeeming Freedom

15 June 2011
Bérulle's norms for judgement and action in the public domain, his politics of servitude, disregarded the gap between 'sacred' and 'secular' which changing political and religious circumstances were imposing on the European consciousness. His political legacy can only be understood as a function of his theological convictions. Continue reading