Should tourism be limited in overcrowded European cities? The author ponders the issue as he explores Treviso, Venice’s quieter neighbor, where canals also flow.
Jason HorowitzWho in their right mind would willingly abandon Venice for Treviso, a mostly overlooked destination best known for crimson radicchio, bright Benetton sweaters and —The Fountain of the Boobs? Me! And maybe you should too.
In a three-day trip to the former communist country, the pope will seek to heal an ancient schism between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Jason HorowitzPope Francis in Romania says “To move forward together, as a way of shaping the future, requires a noble willingness to sacrifice something of one’s own vision or best interest for the sake of a greater project.” Not exactly Italians First.
Italy’s fear of migrants is complicated in Palermo, which Bangladeshis and other foreigners call home. Some Italians thank them for confronting the Mafia
Jason HorowitzA fear of migrants, their customs — and sometimes, their produce — has taken root in Italy. But what Italians think about migrants is complicated, especially in Palermo's Ballarò market.
In an often-overlooked period of President Obama’s life, he had a small office in a South Side parish and became steeped in the social justice wing of the Catholic Church.
Jason Horowitz“I wander around Paris, the most beautiful, alluring, maddening city I’ve ever seen; one is tempted to chuck the whole organizing/political business and be a painter” Obama scribbled on one side of a postcard. On the other was a picture of Notre-Dame.
‘‘Buonista’’ is an insult gleefully hurled at opponents by a government whose political logic has made bad good and amateurism a professional credential.
Jason HorowitzThe proliferation of ”Do-gooder” as a slur has become a profound marker of the topsy-turvy state of politics in Italy, where being too good is bad, expertise is disqualifying and hard economic data is subject to Dadaist analysis.
Jason HorowitzThe Italian language does not want for insults. There are obscenities about inserting organs in orifices, curses against a person’s dead relatives and myriad ways to call someone a moron.
But these days, the worst may be calling someone a do-gooder.
The former pontiff blames the sexual revolution, liberal theology and an absence of God for the crisis with which his successor, Pope Francis, has struggled.
Jason HorowitzArchbishop Georg Gänswein, Pope Benedict’s longtime personal secretary, confirms that the retired pope wrote the letter blaming the clergy sex abuse crisis on the swinging 60s, and that he did so “absolutely on his own.”
Jason HorowitzIn which Pope Benedict writes in to link the abuse crisis in the church to "why sex films were no longer allowed on airplanes, because violence would break out among the small community of passengers.”
Francis argued that more was required than legal processes and “disciplinary measures” from the Roman Catholic Church. But his speech offered no policy remedies.
Jason HorowitzPope Francis ended a landmark Vatican meeting on clerical sexual abuse by comparing abuse to human sacrifice. But his speech did not offer concrete policy remedies demanded by many of the faithful.