10/01/1989

In the last days of September the Wethersfield Institute sponsored a conference on twentieth-century Catholic writers, a high point of which was the giving of an award for excellence to J.F. Powers. It is of course risky to involve as wry a writer as Powers in such festivities, and he may well get a comic [...]

In the last days of September the Wethersfield Institute sponsored a conference on twentieth-century Catholic writers, a high point of which was the giving of an award for excellence to J.F. Powers. It is of course risky to involve as wry a writer as Powers in such festivities, and he may well get a comic [...]

Will Herberg, the Jewish philosopher, once remarked that no reform movement in the Catholic Church through 2000 years had lasting success if it was opposed to, or unsupported by, the Holy See. In other words, dissent may arrive flashily on the scene, but it eventually withers away or is splintered into pieces against the petrine [...]

For the past decade-and-a-half, I've often been in an odd role: a Roman Catholic defending evangelicals in the courts. The most dynamic force in American Protestantism today are the evangelicals who are building schools throughout the land, amassing in their churches converts from other faiths, playing a highly visible role in the pro-life movement, and [...]

In The Habit of Being, Flannery O'Connor provides three lessons for modern Catholics. The First Lesson One of the awful things about writing when you are a Christian is that for you the ultimate reality is the Incarnation, the present reality is the Incarnation, the whole reality is the Incarnation.... For me a dogma is [...]

One of the most interesting stories in South America today is the gradual, but marked return to democratic political institutions in Chile—a country which, for more than 15 years, has languished under one of the sternest military dictators in the hemisphere. What is more, Chile may well consolidate its political gains with a new and [...]

Unions are in a rather odd position today. Once the subject of intense controversy, they have become one of the few things about which both conservatives and liberals generally agree. And, as the common view has it, there is precious little about unions worth praising. As conservatives tend to think and to speak of them, [...]

The air is becoming suffocatingly pungent with the incense of pious indignation from the art world concerning Congress' reaction to the way the National Endowment for the Arts is spending taxpayers' money. What is taking place is yet another perverse manipulation of the public by the contemporary art establishment. The public, through its instrument, Congress, [...]

Bad news makes good headlines. We all know this, of course. We live in a time that specializes in secular apocalypse, probably because we have lost the sense of religious apocalypse. Yet even religious apocalypse seems to be enjoying a revival. The end of the world is big business. We are said to have too [...]

Just come casual," the hostess instructed. "It will be an informal evening, so just come casual." Though I knew the familiar ungrammatical direction was a considerate gesture meant to put guests at their ease, I had my usual reaction: "What in the world will I wear?" Had my hostess simply said, "Come for dinner," I [...]

In the mid-1800s, public opinion on slavery in this country showed approximately the same pattern as it does on abortion today. The two extremes were then occupied by a vehement minority of pro-slavery whites in the South and an equally strident minority of Northern abolitionists. As the battles between the two escalated from words to [...]

Casualties of War Written by David Rabe Directed by Brian DePalma A Columbia Release Trying to explain his distaste for stage director Max Reinhardt's work, the Viennese poet-critic Karl Kraus wrote, "Formerly the sets were made of cardboard and the actors were genuine. Now the sets are indubitably real, and the actors are made of [...]

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