12/01/1988

Warning: this article features content of an explicit nature. The piece that follows is somewhat out of character for Crisis and may be found to be disturbingly indelicate by some of you. We shall be describing in some detail a sex-education curriculum for ninth and tenth graders (ages roughly 13-15). The curriculum we shall be [...]

Warning: this article features content of an explicit nature. The piece that follows is somewhat out of character for Crisis and may be found to be disturbingly indelicate by some of you. We shall be describing in some detail a sex-education curriculum for ninth and tenth graders (ages roughly 13-15). The curriculum we shall be [...]

Christmas is the special day every year in which the Catholic Church celebrates the mystery that symbolically excludes women from the priesthood. Saints and doctors of the Church women have been and are. They have proven often to be the most faithful of all Christians, the dearest to God as Mary is first among all. [...]

One reason abortion on demand continues to be routine practice in the United States, exacting a toll of more than a million lives a year, is that self-proclaimed Catholics in the U.S. Congress continue to promote abortion. They restrict efforts to prohibit abortions, they oppose parental notification laws for teenagers seeking to have abortions, they [...]

You are having a quiet enough dinner with friends, or spending a Saturday afternoon with your family. Then someone asks. There is no right time; no matter what the occasion, it's a bit awkward. And you try to come up with an answer that at once is simple, but complete; one that gives witness to [...]

No doubt many people have had their faith shaken, or been dissuaded from exploring religion in the first place, after reading Sigmund Freud's "The Future of an Illusion." Freud argues in this famous essay that religion has its origins in primitive man's helplessness before nature. The only way man could attempt to control nature was [...]

Religious conversions must rank among the most profound occurrences, yet far from being orderly, solemn and majestic businesses—resembling, say, an elegant Anglican church service—they are usually bumbling and embarrassing affairs. God won't even bestow on them a little literary dignity. They rarely have the definable beginnings so necessary for a successful novel; the plots are [...]

On December 23, 1923, Isak Dinesen, from her farm in Ngong in present-day Kenya, wrote to her mother in Denmark: I wish I could smell the Christmas tree and the indescribably delicious aroma of roast goose out here; it is quite right... that "the nose is the memory,"—but I am sure that you will all [...]

I met my friend Cathy on the first day of our freshman year at DePauw. Had I known how intricately Providence would care for the smallest detail even of this one friendship, I would have spared myself a lot of empty worry about the future. I could have learned to trust years sooner. That is [...]

Seven years ago, when the U.S. Senate considered a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, abortion rights groups charged that such an amendment would require first-degree murder charges for women suspected of having abortions. Planned Parenthood warned that "even a miscarriage could be investigated as a criminal offense." That charge was resurrected during the 1988 [...]

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