04/01/1990

The stunning election victory by Violeta Chamorro and her U.S. backed UNO party over the ruling Sandinistas in Nicaragua has created a crisis of conscience for the American political and religious left. Few have appreciated how central is the fate of the Sandinistas to the activist community in the United States. A generation weaned on [...]

The stunning election victory by Violeta Chamorro and her U.S. backed UNO party over the ruling Sandinistas in Nicaragua has created a crisis of conscience for the American political and religious left. Few have appreciated how central is the fate of the Sandinistas to the activist community in the United States. A generation weaned on [...]

Most Americans would most likely await a compliment when they hear the claim "The United States is in a class by itself." But for many this expectation will be sadly dashed when they read these words in Mary Ann Glendon's new book, Abortion and Divorce in Western Law (Harvard University Press). Glendon, a Harvard Law [...]

Otto von Habsburg, in conversation with George Urban In a rare interview, Dr. Otto von Habsburg, Member of the European Parliament and President of the Pan-European Union, discusses the future of Europe with the noted British commentator, George Urban. The full transcript of Urban's conversation with von Habsburg will appear in Apres Gorbachev, edited by [...]

Marian Feminism Although I agree with the subtitle of J. Michael Miller's article on Mariology and feminism in the September issue of Crisis ("Reconsidering Mary: Feminist Criticism Deserves a Response"), I agree only partially with the response he gives. Let me say at the outset that I still consider myself a feminist, even though modern [...]

Initially, I confess, a "prayer breakfast" strikes me as a very Protestant thing. We Catholics are more likely, by ourselves, to have Mass together quietly, then go out for breakfast as a kind of overflow from worship. Faith with fellowship typifies the one; sacrament then sociability the other, however much faith, fellowship, and sacrament belong [...]

Once again our family has been immersed in the all-too-absorbing project of college selection. College applications, as high school seniors and their parents know, usually require some formal essays on an assortment of topics. As an essay topic for one of her applications our daughter chose from a list of four possibilities a classic by [...]

How Private Conscience Shaped Public Policy Editor's note: The following article is adapted from a speech delivered by Admiral James D. Watkins, U.S. Secretary of Energy, to the 5,000 midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis on February 28, 1990. Admiral Watkins, a nuclear engineer, is a former member of the Joint Chiefs [...]

Editor's note: This article, a defense of the disruption of Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral by militant Catholic homosexuals, first appeared in the Village Voice. It provides a revealing look at how the desperation caused by AIDS sometimes results not in behavioral amends, but rather a splenetic assault on the Church. The ACT UP/WHAM demonstration [...]

When Leo XIII issued the encyclical Aeterni Patris in 1879, counseling Catholics to return to the philosophical tradition in which St. Thomas Aquinas stood, Christianity looked as if it were about to be swamped by modernity. The Enlightenment Project, the exuberant belief that scientific progress and the absence of priests—to say nothing of popes—from social [...]

Glory Screenplay by Kevin Jarre Directed by Edward Zwick A Tri-Star Release I know nothing about its production history, but I suspect that few movies have been as well planned, or as carefully shot according to plan, as Glory. This account of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry, the first all-black company to fight [...]

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