07/01/1993

Discomfiting panic has shaken the celebratory sentiment which columnist Anna Quindlen calls the "euphoria of having a President who thinks abortion should be legal." Mr. Clinton's executive performance in support of abortion "has been exemplary to date," writes Quindlen, approvingly, and as the President ushers in his own replacement for Roe v. Wade dissenter Justice [...]

Discomfiting panic has shaken the celebratory sentiment which columnist Anna Quindlen calls the "euphoria of having a President who thinks abortion should be legal." Mr. Clinton's executive performance in support of abortion "has been exemplary to date," writes Quindlen, approvingly, and as the President ushers in his own replacement for Roe v. Wade dissenter Justice [...]

A Window on the Good Book It may seem odd but one of the nicest compliments to give a rabbi is that of comparing him to a clean window. You are acknowledging that he is faithfully transmitting that which his rabbis taught him and nothing more. His function is to be a link in the [...]

In View

Ratzinger and the Terrorists Oxford—A few years ago Cardinal Ratzinger made a brief foray to England. He came mainly to give the annual Fisher Lecture in Cambridge, although his presence did give a boost to sales of The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger by the Cambridge Dominican Father Aidan Nichols (the Cardinal was to be seen [...]

Among bookmen, it is not wholly implausible that C.S. Lewis after his death could have appeared somehow to the cleric J.B. Phillips. There is, we know, a singular communion among authors and readers, even especially among readers with authors who have been dead for centuries. There really is, to paraphrase Chesterton, a "democracy of the [...]

Although April's "Gay March on Washington" was—in imitation of civil rights marches of the past—an attempt to bring the alleged grievances of homosexuals before the nation, the real struggle over the legitimacy of homosexuality, like battles over pornography, is, and will continue to be, local. The rebellion of the local school board of District 24, [...]

What an understatement it is by now to observe that President Clinton touched a raw nerve when he proposed allowing open homosexuals to enlist and serve in the military. The military's long-standing policy has been to discharge homosexuals on either moral or security grounds. Clinton, heir of the social engineers who think that human nature [...]

Periodically, someone on the right—usually a neo-conservative—will address the anomaly of Jewish liberalism, noting that the politics of the Jewish community undermine the manifest self-interest of American Jewry. Many pundits confidently predict that it is only a matter of time before Jews come to their senses and begin voting for conservative candidates and supporting conservative [...]

To prepare the Archdiocese of Denver spiritually for the mid-August visit of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop J. Francis Stafford has issued a pastoral letter which has significance for all Catholics in America. We are pleased to present excerpts from it for Crisis readers. To the church of Denver, "to those who have obtained a [...]

Congressman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) was not permitting himself to be deflected during the serious work of debating, line by line, the provisions in the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (H.R. 25). Hyde and his pro-life colleagues were offering resistance in the Committee on the Judiciary, and finding every one of their amendments blocked by the [...]

Most American colleges were founded as Christian institutions, and the mix of religious faith and morality with scholarly learning was a given in American higher education until the middle of the nineteenth century. In the 50 years after the Civil War, however, the nature of American higher education was transformed, as colleges experienced what historian [...]

An inexplicably neglected book, The Politics of Sex and Religion by Robert Blair Kaiser, came to my attention recently. It is a riveting account of the circumstances surrounding the promulgation of Humanae Vitae, the encyclical issued 25 summers ago that reaffirmed the Catholic Church's constant teaching on the transmission of life. Kaiser was Time magazine's [...]

All over the world, lapel buttons inscribed communism have fallen like autumn leaves; but not only buttons marked communism, also those inscribed socialism. Thus, the collapse of "real existing socialism" in its stronghold in the former Soviet Union is still rippling through the structures of international socialism. Economically, this collapse was radical. It proved that [...]

Humanae Vitae, the encyclical on natural family planning, was published by Paul VI on July 29, 1968. At the time, I was teaching in Rome. I came to think, as I listened to the almost frantic criticism of the Pope, that something was terribly wrong, not with the teaching, but with the intellectual opposition to [...]

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