01/01/1991

Before our present day, until even a generation ago, human beings generally seemed to accept suffering as a natural part of life. People cried coming into the world, cried living in it, and cried leaving it. But all of these tears were not thought incompatible with joy and an appreciation of life. They may even [...]

Before our present day, until even a generation ago, human beings generally seemed to accept suffering as a natural part of life. People cried coming into the world, cried living in it, and cried leaving it. But all of these tears were not thought incompatible with joy and an appreciation of life. They may even [...]

I am not sure if it is wise for me to write this article. I am a priest member of the Maryknoll order, three years away from retirement. Not only am I concerned about my own future, but I also worry about generating negative publicity about the Church and Christ's priesthood. I do not wish [...]

In 1989, the pro-abortion movement won significant electoral victories in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York City, which inspired commentators and pundits to dub abortion the "silver bullet" for the Democrats, and to warn pro-life politicians across the country that they defended their principles at their peril. The results of the 1990 elections, however, suggest [...]

Women’s Studies is a major that has been offered at an increasing number of colleges and universities since women's colleges and institutions like the University of California at Berkeley incorporated it into their curricula 20 or so years ago. Luckily, it has not yet reached my own school, Butler University, but it has been added [...]

Editor's note: Arthur F. McGovern, S.J., is a well-respected student of liberation theology and author of Liberation Theology and Its Critics (Orbis). In a recent interview with Crisis editor Scott Walter, Father McGovern discussed how liberation theologians are responding to dramatic economic and political changes in Eastern Europe and Latin America. How do the liberation [...]

Editor's note: This essay by Russell Kirk constitutes the introduction to Orestes Brownson: Selected Political Essays, published this year by Transaction Books. Nothing is deader than dead politics, we have been told. Why, then, revive the political essays of the philosopher, polemicist, and Catholic publicist Orestes Brownson (1803-1897)? Because the questions raised by Brownson confront [...]

One morning I noticed a striking filler piece at the end of a column on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. I did not read the explanatory italics, so I did not realize just why this particular passage was there. What it contained was the following brief citation from Malcolm Muggeridge, from an [...]

A cold downpour soaked Moscow. Three weeks   of unrelenting rain had not improved the spirits of Muscovites trudging through grimy streets or standing in endless lines. The dreary task simply of living from day to day in Moscow, when carried out with dripping umbrellas and poorly shod feet, reminded people already despondent that this year's [...]

At the first newspaper that employed me, the entertainment editor used to send me to review rock concerts in addition to the classical concerts that I preferred. It was a small paper and they didn't know any better. Since often I either did not know or actively disliked the music, my rock "reviews" tended to [...]

The January 15 deadline for Saddam Hussein's retreat from Kuwait will soon arrive. Having murdered, raped, and plundered Kuwait's cities, leaving nothing of value untouched, and having carted off to Iraq every precious thing down to faucets and silverware, will not Saddam Hussein simply depart and declare victory? Can he not now boast: "I came, [...]

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