06/01/1993

June is a happy month to stress the office of the papacy, for it is the month of two great saints' days, the feast of Saint Thomas More, one of the greatest saints of the English-speaking world, and the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Both of these celebrations are linked—it was for his fidelity [...]

June is a happy month to stress the office of the papacy, for it is the month of two great saints' days, the feast of Saint Thomas More, one of the greatest saints of the English-speaking world, and the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Both of these celebrations are linked—it was for his fidelity [...]

"The little Jellybys," said Richard, "are—really I can't help expressing myself strongly sir—in a devil of a state." "She means well," said Mt Jarndyce, hastily. "The wind's in the east. " "It was in the North, sir, as we came down," said Richard. "My dear Rick," said Mr Jarndyce, "I'll take an oath it's in [...]

On a warm Boston evening a few weeks ago, 19 men alighted from a row of cabs and gathered on the sidewalk before crowding into one of the city's few kosher restaurants for dinner. Only a handful were Jewish; the rest of the group comprised Catholic and Protestant theologians and economists. Among those attending were [...]

It has been almost a generation since Newsweek declared "The Year of the Evangelical," its way of coming to terms with a newly elected president's claim to being born-again. Of course, once a trend is identified by a newsweekly, it is almost certain to have run its course. While subsequent years have given evidence of [...]

With the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the country came to the threshold of a momentous decision to forbid racial discrimination in places of "public accommodation." But the most celebrated jurists and professors of law had to flex their genius now to explain just how the federal government could move past the States and reach [...]

In View

The Crisis in Anglo-Catholicism Oxford—I was away from England at the time of the crucial Low Week meeting of the bishops of England and Wales (19-22 April), at which time a formal response was agreed to by the disenchanted High Anglicans wishing to be reconciled with Rome after their own Synod had passed a resolution [...]

In the December 1992 issue of Crisis, Michael Novak effectively points out the current malaises both in the Catholic Church and in American society. In the February 1993 issue, he outlines the role of Crisis in addressing these maladies as the magazine launches its second decade. While I join many conservative Catholics in wishing Crisis [...]

One could not easily exaggerate the importance of the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. The "Informative Dossier" published by the Editorial Commission to provide background on this catechism, notes what Pope Pius XII said of any good catechism: That small book is itself more valuable than a huge encyclopedia; it contains the truths that [...]

John Paul II asks that the new Catechism of the Catholic Church be received by "the pastors of the Church and the faithful in a spirit of communion and be assiduously used in accomplishing their mission of proclaiming the faith and calling all to the evangelical life." How can we best study it in that [...]

"Des conception, elle [la personne humaine] est destinee a la beatitude eternelle" [1703]. "Il n'y a pas de solution a la question sociale en dehors de l'Evangile" [1896]. To emphasize the central social teaching in the Catechism, I will leave in their French original two brief statements that undergird everything contained within this teaching. The [...]

A Bestseller for the Hungering Faithful In the countries where it has been released, the Catechism of the Catholic Church has been a true bestseller: 700,000 copies have been sold in France and 500,000 in Italy, where for many weeks the publisher (the Vatican Press, which is not organized to distribute texts in such numbers) [...]

Is it a sin to read the new Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church? No, but it is illicit. An exaggeration, of course. No one will complain if you find a copy of the new catechism, in the approved French translation. But, technically, Catholic bookstores should not carry that edition; it will not be licensed [...]

If you believe, as many Americans do, that artificial feeding by stomach tube is part of recent medical technology, you should know that European surgeons were developing it while Queen Victoria reigned. It was done successfully in the frontier state of Texas as early as 1879, during the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes. The European [...]

The April 25 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington was supposed to signify that homosexuals of both genders (as well as persons of altered genders) had "arrived," politically and socially. The excitement was palpable at Washington National Airport when I flew to Ohio and back just before the weekend. Both times the airport swarmed with [...]

In 1770, Boswell records the following passage about Samuel Johnson in London: "He frequently gave all the silver in his pocket to the poor, who watched him, between his house and the tavern where he dined. He walked the streets at all hours, and said he was never robbed, for the rogues knew he had [...]

Our house at the Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, farm is not yet built. We have not even broken ground, and we will not for a while. But just as a baby lives in his mother's womb long before he makes his public debut, this house exists before any of us will see it. Conceived in the [...]

When I first began to procrastinate over this article on gardening, I had thought to muse on the garden as a metaphor for life, and talk a little about transience and the cycles of life; about expectation and reality; about nature, grace, and the futility of human endeavor, especially when the delphiniums turn their faces [...]

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