11/01/1992

There was a phrase in the thirties: 'It is later than you think,' which was designed to cause uneasiness. It was never later than Mr. Pinfold thought." Evelyn Waugh's fictional author might well have felt uneasy at the thought of becoming the late Gilbert Pinfold and thus prey to a biographer's attention.   My now [...]

There was a phrase in the thirties: 'It is later than you think,' which was designed to cause uneasiness. It was never later than Mr. Pinfold thought." Evelyn Waugh's fictional author might well have felt uneasy at the thought of becoming the late Gilbert Pinfold and thus prey to a biographer's attention.   My now [...]

In View

Free Speech for Whom? At a recent conference sponsored by the State University of New York, I debated the issue of free speech on campus with Nadine Stroessen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and Stanley Fish, professor of English at Duke University. What emerged from our conversation was highly instructive about the ACLU'S [...]

The priest enters the worship area in slacks and sports shirt, a stole casually draped around his neck. He quietly sits in the midst of the congregation, on one of the metal folding chairs arranged in a semicircle in the almost bare room. The liturgy proceeds as an informal evening among friends, with continuous conversation, [...]

The members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) think the words used in today's Catholic Mass are inadequate and want them changed. If they have their way, within the next two years the Catholic faithful will say new versions of well-established prayers at Mass, including the Creed, the Our Father, and [...]

Let me confess to a certain reluctance to publish criticism of the Bill of Rights, for reasons somewhat akin to the distaste a good citizen should have for a flag-burning on the steps of the Capitol, or a mocking performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" before a stadium crowd. Using a public platform to find [...]

Adam, after an excellent breakfast, strolled into the lounge. An erect, competent-looking man with dark hair, he nodded to the man with whom he had discussed foreign markets the night before in the bar and sank into an easy chair. There were a dozen or so people scattered about the lounge, chatting with each other [...]

In recent decades, the Church in America has suffered numerous scandals involving priests and religious who sexually abuse children. All too often, the public learns that an abuser, once discovered, was allowed simply to flee to another ministry, where the pattern of abuse and flight was repeated. Such cases constitute serious neglect by Church authorities, [...]

One of the most beautiful Masses of the Liturgical Year is that of All Saint's Day, on November 1. I have always loved this Mass. I even wrote a poem about it once—no, relax, dear reader, I am not going to impose it on you here! The Mass's first reading is that from Revelation about [...]

The question strikes every believer, becoming more insistent with age. Advancing towards eternity, we take inventory and ask the ultimate: what, if anything, is pleasing about me in the sight of God? Contemporary obsession with self-esteem sinks into oblivion. It matters little what I think of myself. What matters is what God thinks of me, [...]

Our vigil at the Holy Sepulcher went very well, notwithstanding the Greek cleric who hissed like a snake and barked like a dog. We locked ourselves into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher at 8:30 in the evening, planning to emerge at midnight when the Greeks arrived to celebrate their Saturday Vigil. Since we were [...]

Film: Media Heroes

Hero Directed by Stephen Frears Distributed by Columbia Pictures Hero—a cynical comedy that rattles along like an M1 tank run amuck on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington during the Desert Storm festivities—targets a nation obsessed with accumulation, selfishness, waste, and self-delusion. Despite some ill-guided gunnery, the aim isn't too bad as Hero blasts away at the [...]

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