05/01/1990

With William Main's "Gay But Unhappy" in the March issue, Crisis is to be commended yet again for being at the forefront of the battle against homosexuality, both the affliction and the ideology. It is a marvelous piece and will hold out hope to those who recognize their affliction and who desire or are willing [...]

With William Main's "Gay But Unhappy" in the March issue, Crisis is to be commended yet again for being at the forefront of the battle against homosexuality, both the affliction and the ideology. It is a marvelous piece and will hold out hope to those who recognize their affliction and who desire or are willing [...]

The spectacle of theologians presuming to interpose themselves between the magisterium and the rest of us is so familiar it has almost lost its power to shock. The condescension and insolence with which dissenting theologians examine documents of the ordinary magisterium remind us of nothing so much as an exasperated teacher correcting the essays of [...]

It's safe to say that Georgetown University's Gaston Hall was built at a time when the Jesuit com-munity was a more self-assured body than it is today. With its 500 seats on the main floor and room for 200 more in the balcony, it resembles a baronial assembly hall on the grand scale. A medieval [...]

The weather in Virginia was bizarre this past winter: 80 degrees one day, a blizzard three days after, all of which prompted a concerned acquaintance of mine to ask if there wasn't something in the Bible somewhere about strange weather being a sign that the Last Days were at hand. I showed her the passage [...]

The news that the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) was considering whether to take a (pro-choice) stand on abortion provoked a number of strong responses. We reprint two: first, a polling report from the Wirthlin Group showing public opinion on the issue; second, a letter sent by 14 United States congressmen to [...]

It all started in third grade. Attending parochial school, I was introduced to the practice of "making visits" to church, aside from obligatory Sunday Mass. It is a custom which stuck. When it comes to church visits, I am a frequent flier. As a child, however, I became uncomfortably aware that altars of the Blessed [...]

Child-bearing is not an equal opportunity activity. The pain and the suffering are all a woman's to bear. Yet even knowing this, even having observed it, women continue to go down unto death in order to bring forth new life, a continuing of generations. Some primeval force propels almost all females into this enterprise. In [...]

In an interview shortly before he died, Hans Urs von Balthasar was asked about young priests. His response was rather frank: Matters which cannot be embraced in prayer are not worthy to be thought of, and even less to be preached. Thus [many young priests] have arrived at a good criterion for what theology really [...]

Ever since Vatican II, various theologians have declared that Thomism, natural law theory, and indeed philosophy itself are dead. Was that announcement premature? Too many Catholic thinkers have tried living by a kind of philosophical fideism collapsing all rational analysis into opinions derived, they say, from "the gospel." Perhaps surprisingly, this tendency has been observed [...]

Lord of the Flies Screenplay by Sara Schiff From the novel by Sir William Golding Directed by Harry Hook A Castle Rock Entertainment Release What happens when a novel written by a man who believes in good and evil falls into the hands of filmmakers who believe in nothing but adjustment and maladjustment? And what [...]

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