03/01/1992

While millions of Americans wrangle over the moral and philosophical questions surrounding the abortion debate, the abortion industry continues to grow and thrive. The economic aspects of abortion may seem far removed from the larger debate. Yet our current laws on abortion are what make the industry so lucrative. In other words, as long as [...]

While millions of Americans wrangle over the moral and philosophical questions surrounding the abortion debate, the abortion industry continues to grow and thrive. The economic aspects of abortion may seem far removed from the larger debate. Yet our current laws on abortion are what make the industry so lucrative. In other words, as long as [...]

Jail is not as bad as it sounds. It's a reasonable height for a room—about ten feet. The walls are cinder block, but they're painted a pleasing pale yellow. There's not an insect in sight. The door is burnt sienna with a dark brown trim. It’s not the kind of door most rooms have. It's [...]

In my earliest days as a graduate student in political philosophy, my colleagues and I would spend endless hours debating the intricacies and nuances of the various philosophies we were studying, invariably culminating in that most subtle and sophisticated of all questions: "Who's better—ancients or moderns?" Now in this highly refined intellectual contest—conducted with all [...]

He had never seen the harbor look as lovely as it did early that Sunday morning. "Joe, this is one for the tourist," he said to the young sailor standing next to him on the pier. Later he would remember the blue-green waters of the lagoon, the pink clouds skirting the tops of the mountains [...]

The Roman Catholic Church, it needs to be remembered, is quite literally an un-American institution. It is not democratic. The Church's political views . . . are sharply at odds with those that inform the laws of American secular society. —David Boldt, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 1990 Orestes Brownson is most often remembered for his [...]

Editor's note: This essay is adapted from a luncheon address to the New York State Catholic Conference in Albany on January 14. It is probably fair to say that we Catholics, being more or less of immigrant and peasant background, have been a little slower than some others to show our capacity to associate together [...]

By chance, just before leaving my brother’s in Santa Cruz in January, I happened to notice an article in the San Jose Mercury-News commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of J.R.R. Tolkien. The article noted that a number of elaborate editions of Tolkien's works are being published this year. It also identified several societies [...]

There is in Western literature a tenacious old tale about a much-tried woman named Patient Griselda. Boccaccio wrote one version, but the one I know is Chaucer's; he puts it in the mouth of his Clerk in The Canterbury Tales. Griselda is a beautiful and virtuous peasant girl chosen by Walter, an Italian marquis, as [...]

It was almost 40 years since I had been on a bus. For thirty-nine years, six months and two weeks, to be exact, I had lived as a cloistered nun. Now, by a series of highly improbable concurrences I found myself adjusting as best I could to the life of a single person in the [...]

Alan and Naomi Screenplay by Jordan Horowitz Directed by Sterling Van Wagener Despite a plot that sometimes creaks with unlikelihood and moans with torpor, Alan and Naomi survives as a gripping tale, well ahead of the current brood of U.S. movies. Set in Brooklyn in 1944, Alan and Naomi zooms in on a slender, almost [...]

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