09/01/1987

And may God have mercy on your soul. The judge's face is quiet and stern as his level voice ceases. Death. The words hang in the air. The courtroom is hushed. Dust motes dance in a bar of sunlight. The jury look down at their laps. A gray-haired woman weeps silently. Somewhere in the distance [...]

And may God have mercy on your soul. The judge's face is quiet and stern as his level voice ceases. Death. The words hang in the air. The courtroom is hushed. Dust motes dance in a bar of sunlight. The jury look down at their laps. A gray-haired woman weeps silently. Somewhere in the distance [...]

Is Its Attraction Due to Intrinsic Superiority or Its Link With Ancient Tradition? One of my sisters, a Park Avenue housewife, is not exactly a regular churchgoer, but she has duly had each of her three children baptized, and later, packed off to Saturday morning religion classes. When she brought the youngest to the font [...]

Let me start by telling a story. I was in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I lived before coming to Washington. Chapel Hill is a fairly typical up-and-coming community. I think it would be fair to call parts of Chapel Hill a home of Yuppiedom — very successful, wealthy young professionals on the way up. [...]

A Notre Dame Professor Explores Its Pertinence to His Own Institution When he was sixty-three years old, John Henry Newman published a memoir, the Apologia pro Vita Sua (1864), which very soon achieved the status of a classic of autobiography. In it he recalled with special poignancy his arrival at Oxford nearly a half-century before [...]

Let me say right out that Robert Bork is my friend.  And, pretty soon, the whole country is going to see him up close, on television, and come to know him as I know him. I think he's going to have the same effect  Ollie North had. As Supreme Court nominee, I think he's going [...]

From time to time, it is useful to wonder what the Church in the United States would look like if the secular press — and such enigmas as the NCR — did not give disproportionate attention to the dissidents in our midst. I have been asked by journalists to explain the discrepancy between the enormous [...]

The San Francisco Chronicle's "Top of the News" front page summary one day last month reported that Miwok, the rare baby porpoise, died in the arms of her caretakers at Marineworld in nearby Vallejo, California. Miwok, named for the northern California beach she had washed up on six days before, died from complications resulting from [...]

My brother Jack in Reno has a television set with about 26 channels on it. After switching to all 26 channels in rapid succession a couple of times one evening, I just about decided that when it comes to what is worth watching on TV, 26 times zero still equalled zero. Indeed, my dear mother [...]

There was a great hullabaloo recently in our local press about the awarding of a medical degree to one of my neighbors. She had decided, at the age of forty, to become a physician. There was a lengthy interview, accompanied by a beaming photo. The awed journalist asked how on earth this belated vocation had [...]

I recently attended a remarkable conference in San Francisco on new birth technologies, with special emphasis on in vitro fertilization. The attendees were drawn from a wide variety of professions, including philosophy, moral theology, journalism, public policy research institutes, psychiatry, genetics, neonatology, pediatrics, pro-life organizations, and law. What united this diverse group was commitment to [...]

Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford Directed by Stanley Kubrick Warner Brothers Stanley Kubrick is the film poet of process, of team effort and team disharmony, of corporate strategy and corporate dissolution, of the urge of the unified many to reach beyond the stars, and of the equally strong urge of the [...]

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