01/01/1993

With the election of Clinton, pundits everywhere are predicting the imminent demise of the pro-life movement and the settlement of the abortion issue. Some pro-life organizations are likely despondent and looking for direction. Anti-slavery leaders must have shared a similar anxiety in March 1857. After more than 25 years of unremitting toil, they saw—within the [...]

With the election of Clinton, pundits everywhere are predicting the imminent demise of the pro-life movement and the settlement of the abortion issue. Some pro-life organizations are likely despondent and looking for direction. Anti-slavery leaders must have shared a similar anxiety in March 1857. After more than 25 years of unremitting toil, they saw—within the [...]

In 1990, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Herbert Grover labeled Milwaukee's school choice plan "ludicrous" and a "disgrace." He dismissed the schools in the program as little more than "souped up day care centers." The Milwaukee Sentinel denounced the plan as a "boondoggle," which "essentially penalizes the poor to benefit the few." Forming a phalanx [...]

When the women representing feminist groups fled from the ballroom of the Omni-Shoreham Hotel on November 18, 1992, they declared a major victory. For the first time ever, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) had just declined to issue a pastoral letter proposed by one of its own committees, in process for nearly ten [...]

With the untimely death of my friend Allan Bloom on October 7, 1992, America lost one of its finest and most brilliant teachers. At the same time, and by more than mere coincidence, higher education lost its most courageous and incisive critic. My friendship with Allan goes back to the mid-'50s when we were in [...]

I graduated from college a vaguely unhappy liberal relativist; unhappy because I sensed that my (Catholic) university experience had been intellectually vapid, and relativist because I had not been taught anything else. One night several months after graduation, for want of anything to do, I picked up a friend's copy of The Closing of the [...]

Editor's note: The following article is an excerpt from Pope John Paul's recent speech to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. It addresses the controversial, and much-misunderstood, Galileo condemnation, which is now officially void. A twofold question is at the heart of the debate of which Galileo was the center. The first is of the epistemological [...]

One afternoon, I was in the Woodstock Center Xeroxing something or other. The young man in charge of the operations there told me that the following Friday he was singing at the Kennedy Center. The National Symphony Orchestra was doing Antonin Dvorak's "Stabat Mater," with the Czech conductor Zdenek Macal and the Oratorio Society of [...]

I must admit that the traditional title of "Wise Men" does little to predispose me toward Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. It must be the effect of our modern-day "wise men"—philosophers who play with words and shy away from the riskier work of establishing conclusions; deconstructors of language and its meaningfulness; theologians who think it is [...]

My final semester as an undergraduate, I decided to experiment a little with my schedule. Being perhaps too bookish, I wanted to attend a course that embraced a more "hands-on" approach to learning. Looking through the schedule of classes for the semester, I settled upon a course in the Fine Arts Department entitled, "Fundamental Drawing." [...]

From the Publisher

Letter Written to a Provincial Gentleman by one of His Friends on the Subject of the Present Debates How wrong we were! I only had my eyes opened yesterday. Those who have looked to Archbishop Rembert Weakland for leadership were wonderfully vindicated by his op-ed piece in the New York Times of December 6 (the [...]

 Editor's note: The following account, written by a Catholic priest, is a fiction. The names encode no real persons, no specific institutions. The priestly life here sketched straddles that of religious orders and diocesan seminaries, and the resultant solecisms are deliberate. No element, however, has been contrived without actual parallel in the current formation of [...]

In View

CONSERVATIVES AGAINST THE STATUS QUO There are no conservative Catholics. This assertion is intended not to register relief or alarm but is stated simply to make the logical point that no man conserves what he has not inherited. Inheritance in this context refers to the kind of acquisition that requires no effort on the part [...]

A River Runs Through It Directed by Robert Redford Columbia Pictures When Paul Newman and Robert Redford went out together in the vintage Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, twin six-guns smoking, under the rifle-sights of a well-uniformed Bolivian rifle company, it seemed like the hole-in-the-wall gang was gone for good. But Newman, with that [...]

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