07/01/1990

“What are we doing to ourselves?" asks a Newsweek cover story entitled, "Violence in Our Culture." It is a timely topic, given the recent profusion of popular violent films, from Lethal Weapon 3 to Basic Instinct. Violence in culture, however, is an ancient tradition. Complaints constitute the new phenomenon. In their attacks, Newsweek and other [...]

“What are we doing to ourselves?" asks a Newsweek cover story entitled, "Violence in Our Culture." It is a timely topic, given the recent profusion of popular violent films, from Lethal Weapon 3 to Basic Instinct. Violence in culture, however, is an ancient tradition. Complaints constitute the new phenomenon. In their attacks, Newsweek and other [...]

Robert Hugh Benson wrote Lord of the World in 1903. It is quite literally an apocalyptic novel about the end of the world, Armageddon, the second coming. Hooked as a boy on Benson's recusant novels, I found this one more fascinating still, a theological thriller. Images of giant helicopters moving silently over London linger in [...]

On May 3, 1983, the Catholic bishops of this country issued their pastoral letter on war and peace, "The Challenge of Peace: God's Promise and Our Response." What does that document look like today? I ask that question in light of the common perception that the swift and unexpected collapse of the Soviet empire has [...]

The collapse of communist dictatorships and the triumph of democratic currents against the forces of repression were greeted with jubilation in much of the world. The historic events in Eastern Europe was particularly significant for Africa. After gaining their independence, virtually all the African states adopted the Eastern European model. Most of the African nationalist [...]

Forty years ago, to the acclaim of the Catholic world, Pope Pius XII solemnly defined the dogma of Mary's Assumption. Every year, on August 15, the Church observes the feast of the Assumption as a "holy day." Presently, however, as with a lot else in their tradition, some Catholics appear to be unconvinced that this [...]

The English country house has an unusual fascination for many Americans. There are numerous coffee table books which feature their splendors, and a vacation to England frequently includes tours of their stately premises. What are the reasons for this? Is it their aura of the secular shrine, where one can walk among the genteel surroundings [...]

We hear a lot about a "vocations shortage" within the Church. Usually, the concern focuses on the narrower meaning of "vocation" as a calling to the priesthood or the religious life. Yet, the problem cannot be understood in such isolation. In truth, the "vocations crisis" in the narrow sense is intelligible only as part of [...]

A friend of mine went to Mass last fall at a University chapel on the campus of one of Virginia's several state universities. Or at least he assumed it was a Catholic church when he went in. Looking about, he found no tabernacle, no crucifix, no statues, kneelers, or other usual signs of Catholic presence. [...]

One chilly evening late in February I sat reading by the fire. The house was quiet. Our son was away at school. My husband was upstairs writing a speech, and the girls were studying. I had on my lap a stack of articles to go through, must-read things I had dutifully accumulated, supposing they would [...]

Butler University is located in central Indiana in the middle of the country's Bible Belt. Religion, in one form or another, is alive and well on Butler's campus. These forms range from Black Muslims to fundamentalist Protestants and everything in between. The Newman Center's priest, Father Jim Wilmouth, is a sweet and extraordinarily busy man. [...]

Editor's note: This essay is excerpted from a recent talk given by Paul Weyrich, president of the Free Congress Foundation in Washington, D.C. Conservatism today has to pay the price of its own success. Modern American conservatism arose after World War II as a movement of protest, a dissent against the reigning liberalism. Over the [...]

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