2007

On July 3, 1907, in a decree bearing the lachrymose Latin title Lamentabili, the Vatican's Holy Office, predecessor of today's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, condemned 65 propositions that it had found contrary to Catholic orthodoxy. Pope Pius X followed up two months later, on September 8, with an encyclical named Pascendi Dominici [...]

On July 3, 1907, in a decree bearing the lachrymose Latin title Lamentabili, the Vatican's Holy Office, predecessor of today's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, condemned 65 propositions that it had found contrary to Catholic orthodoxy. Pope Pius X followed up two months later, on September 8, with an encyclical named Pascendi Dominici [...]

Intellectual Fisticuffs

In 1998, I was asked to give a talk at my parish on my conversion to Catholicism. The local Catholic bookstore set up a table of various materials on the Faith, and as I perused them, I was struck by the fact that virtually none of these materials had existed when I came into the [...]

We were driving home from Mass when my seventh-grade daughter exclaimed, "Why do we have to sing all those boring hymns every week?" Her tone was challenging, belligerent even. The expression was a frown, the body language, crossed arms and a slouch. My wife scolded her, "It's not for you to criticize the hymns we [...]

Catholics in Britain have recently begun commenting on what they see as a growing trend: Over the past couple of years it has become worryingly routine to hear crass and vulgar attacks on the Church, attacks that would be regarded as wholly unacceptable if they were made against the Jewish or Islamic faiths. Is this [...]

One of the most important controversies in constitutional law today arises out of the increasing tendency of some judges, and particularly justices of the Supreme Court, to use decisions of foreign tribunals as authority for interpreting the United States Constitution. In judicial opinions, published articles, television interviews, and public speeches, Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth [...]

Every weekday morning, this nation enjoys a pretty consistent routine. We get up, prepare for work or school, and tune in to local networks for the morning weather, traffic, and news. What have also become routine are the gruesome headlines announcing the day's latest terrorist attack. Given that these incidents show no signs of abating, [...]

25 Years of Crisis

In 1982, Ralph Mclnerny and Michael Novak founded Catholicism in Crisis as a response to increasing liberalization among the bishops in the United States. Originally published by the Brownson Institute, the magazine was first based out of Notre Dame. In 1984, the magazine moved to Washington, D.C., and shortly after that, the name was abbreviated [...]

The issue you're holding marks the final print edition of Crisis Magazine. Last month, I explained our reasons for moving the publication entirely online. This month, I want to give you the rest of the story. You see, while it's true that financial necessity forced our hand a bit, it's also true that we've been [...]

The Idler: Paperlessness

I do not own a computer printer. My computer is itself a small laptop, which would be too easily dwarfed by such a thing. Worse, if I did have a printer, I would be tempted to use it, and I would soon find that I needed an extra filing cabinet, then a bank of cabinets, [...]

This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the best films ever made, David Lean's The Bridge on the River Kwai, which previewed in Hollywood on October 31, 1957, and opened two days later in London. The film, a tremendous success with both audiences and critics, won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director [...]

I recently saw the movie Copying Beethoven. There are very few good films about composers. This is not one of them, although it has the compensation of its "electrifying music," as advertised by the quote from the Seattle Times review on the DVD jacket cover, as if the music had been written for the movie. [...]

At the age of eight, the prodigy William Liguori Nolan (1916-2000) played the piano for Paderewski. He continued his studies at the Boston Latin School and outshone another musical classmate, his friend Leonard Bernstein. The class of 1935 elected their wunderkind its president and captain of the debate team. Paderewski's heart has a gilded home [...]

On learning that September 2007 was to be the last print edition of Crisis Magazine, I proposed a final column titled "The Last 'Nonsense' in Print." I was tempted to title it "The Last Schall 'Nonsense' in Print." It occurred to me that such a title would suggest that the addition of "Schall" to "nonsense," [...]

Trinket shops at roadside tourist spots used to sell items like shellacked coasters cut from cross sections of white pine or birch logs, or faux-bark mottoes inscribed with uplifting sentiments, or bawdy farmyard postcards. That sort of thing. Perhaps they still do. Among the trinkets, one could always find the three monkeys telling us to [...]

"The Catholic Church makes men. . . . Of such she may also someday make soldiers."  —Hilaire Belloc It is a source of no small irony that, even as radical feminists within and without the Church have railed for two generations against patriarchy and phallocentrism, it can be quite plausibly said that the post-conciliar Church [...]

I’m not certain whether it reflects well or badly of us moderns that, while we are terrified of labeling any of the sciences as religious (despite the fact that science is often clung to religiously), we have no qualms doing the same with art. More than a few eyebrows would be raised if someone were [...]

Since it was a decidedly Catholic film, it was only fitting that the invited audience at the premiere of Thérèse should be the same. Sitting with actor-director Leonardo Defelippis in the New York theater were a bishop, some priests, local diocesan officials, Catholic activists, and a patchwork of religious men and women wearing full-length habits. [...]

In November 2006, Francis Cardinal Arinze, the head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, came to St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the musical revolution of the early 1970s, and delivered a blunt message to American parishes. "It is not true that the lay faithful do not want to sing the Gregorian chant," he announced. [...]

There's a problem at the moment in Britain with our sense of national identity. The problem is a compound of many things of course: an all-pervasive curse of pop music and TV soaps, muddle about the way history is (or isn't) taught in schools, a substantial and growing Islamic presence, confusion about our role in [...]

We live in an age of confusion. It might even be said that we major not only in intellectual confusions but in affective confusions as well. Many do not know how to gauge their emotions; they cannot distinguish between valid and invalid feelings. They do not know for certain whether they are truly in love [...]

As you may know, for the past five years the magazine business has been in a slow but unmistakable decline. While there are a few exceptions, most publications share the same lament: Postage and printing costs continue to rise, while response rates to subscription offers decline. The fact is, people are no longer as interested [...]

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