11/01/1987

What is most vivid in my mind about beginning this journal is the excitement I felt when Michael Novak first brought it up. He was thinking along the lines of a newsletter but almost immediately there formed in my mind visions of Commonweal and America as they once were and as I had long wished [...]

What is most vivid in my mind about beginning this journal is the excitement I felt when Michael Novak first brought it up. He was thinking along the lines of a newsletter but almost immediately there formed in my mind visions of Commonweal and America as they once were and as I had long wished [...]

Five years ago, when Ralph Mclnerny and I each contributed $1,000 to print the first number of Catholicism in Crisis, several commentators asked: "What crisis?" It wasn't long, though, before national news magazines splashed the word CRISIS on their covers, linked to "the Catholic Church in America." By now, many from all points of view [...]

Ronald Regan just hurled the ultimate accusation one politician can make against other politicians, saying that Judge Robert Bork's political foes in the Senate have "politicized" the question. Actually, the Bork nomination was political from start to finish. The surest sign comes from Democrats frantically urging the president to withdraw Bork's name without a fight. [...]

Even as the Catholic Church in America suffers the greatest crisis of its short life, even as rebellious Dutch priests proclaim their independence, elsewhere in the world, little noticed, something remarkable has been happening. Catholicism, in our time, and to a degree never before equaled, is becoming a worldwide religion. At the beginning of Vatican [...]

Last week our dog died, the second one to die this year. Peter, my almost-three-year-old, doesn't understand very well what is going on, though he is certainly picking up the mechanics of burying dead things now. But he keeps anticipating an early resurrection, while I am uncertain of even a belated resurrection for our Jenny [...]

My editor called up the other day from the deep recesses of downtown South Bend to remind me that my column for the present issue of Crisis was due. At first I thought of doing something on Nietzsche, or Allan Bloom, or Josef Pieper, if for no other reason than that their books were sitting [...]

By Strict Empirical Tests, Democratic Capitalism is the Best Hope for Economic Growth with Human Rights History, as we have all learned in school, is about "important events." Upon closer scrutiny, these events, most of them bloody and senseless, were undertaken by very few individuals. Even fewer individuals wrote about these events, interpreted them, preserved [...]

To Those Who Believe in the Superiority of the Present Cultural Epoch, the Pope is a Stumbling Block The Pope has come, the pope has gone, but we haven't heard the last of him. And as we assimilate the trip and the many separate messages he delivered, the full import of his visit will over [...]

Catholicism Remains a Good News Story Because it Stands for Something A few weeks before Pope John Paul II returned to the United States for his second tour, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a cover story about American Catholics. The article focused on the feisty independence of affluent Catholics at a Greenwich, Connecticut [...]

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of an outstanding Russian writer, Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin. On March 10, 1937, this giant of twentieth-century Russian literature passed away in Paris. His name is hardly familiar to the ordinary Soviet reader, for Zamyatin's writings had been banned in his homeland for over half a century. [...]

Editors' Note: In March 1987 Charles S. Robb made a fact-finding tour of Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, including the camps of the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance. On June 9, Gov. Robb summarized his findings in a speech to the Foreign Policy Association in New York City. His remarks were later published by Prodemca, [...]

Written by James Dearden Directed by Adrian Lyne A Paramount Release Fatal Attraction may be the first psycho/slasher horror movie made for the readers of New York magazine. It's that smart and that shallow. Both its victims—a well-heeled lawyer and his wife and child—and its victimizer—a book editor for a successful publishing firm—certainly might be [...]

Over the past ninety years or so the testing of the American experiment has involved the great question of the right role for the United States in world affairs. We are, by geography, history, and cultural inclination, a people perennially disposed toward isolationism. It is by no means a publicly settled issue whether the United [...]

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