01/01/1990

When the Supreme Court handed down its Webster ruling on July 3, partly reversing Roe v. Wade, while denying that fact, anti-abortion forces thought they had passed the crucial turning point in their long struggle. But they have learned since that it was far from that simple. As in the battle over the nomination of [...]

When the Supreme Court handed down its Webster ruling on July 3, partly reversing Roe v. Wade, while denying that fact, anti-abortion forces thought they had passed the crucial turning point in their long struggle. But they have learned since that it was far from that simple. As in the battle over the nomination of [...]

For some years now, it is no secret, the ideas that Crisis stands for have taken quite a beating in the National Catholic Reporter, the New Oxford Review, and elsewhere. For some of this, we have been grateful; it has forced us to go more deeply. Much of it, however, has persuaded us that the [...]

The Church in the United States is entering a profound crisis. The decline in the number of priests, now rapidly accelerating, obliges American clergy and laity alike to engage in a searching re-evaluation of their respective roles and their mutual relationship. In principle, that is as it should be. Indeed, it's long overdue. Although it [...]

As Chesterton sailed for the first time into New York harbor in 1921, journalists boarded the ship and began interviewing him before it had even docked. He noted that back at Fleet Street, no one would have thought him worth interviewing. Or at least if someone from one paper did, the others would have considered [...]

My love for John Paul II is only exceeded by my need for his apostolic authority, not only when convenient, but when inconvenient as well. Lately it has been most inconvenient. Long ago upon leaving our Protestantism behind, my minister husband and I agreed that Jesus, the Truth, who made unity for his followers his [...]

Every one of us at Brooklyn Prep had to take four solid years of mathematics, four years of Latin, and two years of a modern language. Also we needed to study science or Greek. I took the Greek, but the coming of World War II soon forced science on us all. Our teachers, those who [...]

Milton, I believe, wrote an essay on his blindness. This essay will not be so poignant nor so profound, but it will deal with seeing and not seeing with our very eyes. The difference between being blind and having one eye, as I have recently learned, is in a way infinite. If you have one [...]

There we stood on the steps of St. Mary's Catholic Church, all five of us, having our picture taken. Twenty-five years before there had been only two of us, bride and groom. Now three nearly-grown children joined us. Twenty-five years ago a Sears store had been across New Jersey Street from St. Mary's, and so [...]

Once upon a time, in the dim days beyond recall prior to the Council, the Catholic Church, copied by the Anglicans, was known as a kneeling church. It was also known as a church of "bells and smells." Protestants or the unchurched who chanced to come to a Mass were simultaneously put off and drawn [...]

Crimes and Misdemeanors Written and directed by Woody Allen An Orion Release Woody Allen's latest film, Crimes and Misdemeanors, is not a farce (though it has a few gags), not a satire (though it contains a few of Allen's customary targets), nor a straightforward drama. In fact, it is not only unlike any of Allen's [...]

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