03/01/1993

The day Bill Clinton lost the election of 1996 fell on Friday, January 22, 1993, two days after he took the oath of office. It had taken him less than 48 hours to enlarge the circle of those who would die from abortion; his first executive orders were death orders. He opened military hospitals to [...]

The day Bill Clinton lost the election of 1996 fell on Friday, January 22, 1993, two days after he took the oath of office. It had taken him less than 48 hours to enlarge the circle of those who would die from abortion; his first executive orders were death orders. He opened military hospitals to [...]

The democrats are back in the White House and the general mood in the U.S. Catholic Conference is... difficult to assess. No need to be prophetic now that nuclear arms have dropped from sight and all the bad guys around the world are, by universal consensus, bad. Increased attention to vaccinating children seems likely. Welfare [...]

Imagine if Jews had a pope. If they did, it would be easy to know if any person claiming to expound the Jewish view did in fact conform to mainstream Judaism. There is, however, no authority who defines "the Jewish position." Today, many rabbis and lay leaders simply clothe their pet agendas in the mantle [...]

The election of Bill Clinton brought to an end 12 years of Republican control of the White House. Just as importantly, and of special interest to those who still believe that religion is the wellspring of democracy, the November election may have also signaled the demise of Protestant evangelicalism as a major player in American [...]

This open letter to President Clinton was drafted by Hadley Arkes, the Ney Professor of Jurisprudence at Amherst College. He served several years as the Visiting Leavey Professor at Georgetown University, and he is the parent of a graduate of Georgetown in the class of 1990. He has preserved his connection to Georgetown through his [...]

In View

E Pluribus Unum? Like most Americans, I looked forward to the inauguration of a new president as a reaffirmation of the democratic system, a time when all Americans can put aside our differences for a few hours and simply share the experience of pride in our country, its institutions, and traditions. Despite my own partisanship [...]

Virtually every survey in recent years demonstrates a remarkably high level of dissatisfaction among Americans with motion pictures and with popular culture in general. I have just published a book that asks the question, Why? What's the problem, is the camera out of focus? The camera work is dazzling. In the most wretched pieces of [...]

It is asserted by many, including the official International Commission on English in the Liturgy, that the Church's English lectionary and liturgical prayers should be reformulated so that human beings would be addressed and referred to in gender-inclusive terms. The motivation for this change is pastoral; it reflects the opinion of some people that traditional [...]

The View from the Ellipse Right-to-Life Day, 1993. I felt I should be at the Ellipse for Nellie Gray's Rally on this twentieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year's rally was ominously different. The man who was outside my window in triumph at Georgetown on the Monday before, greeting the diplomatic corps, was about [...]

The publication of A.N. Wilson's Jesus: A Life (Norton) last fall was preceded by a sour wind of uneasy anticipation. Its author, a prolific British comic novelist and literary biographer, had once been a high Tory, an early '80s Young Fogey, an essayist of stinging wit, and, most fascinatingly, a Christian apologist in the train [...]

In the fall of 1989, David Hollenbach, S.J., the prominent Catholic social ethicist who in the early 1980s had vigorously defended the theological and political acuity of the bishops' controversial pastoral letter "The Challenge of Peace" (TCOP), noted that the document seemed "already dated." Father Hollenbach attributed TCOP'S brief shelf-life to the extraordinary pace of [...]

Before spring semester began, I sat down and read the remarkable new catechism that the Holy Father has just presented—Le Catechisme de l'Eglise Catholique (Paris: Mame/Plon). It was a welcome, indeed exhilarating experience. This book is not merely an aid to understanding the faith but itself a grace and even something of a miracle. I [...]

Lent seems especially penitential this year. A somber pall has settled over the faithful, as they see clear evidence that the profound issue of the recent election was not the economy but something much more elemental: life itself. What is life? What does it mean and what is it worth? With that realization comes the [...]

A few encouraging trends in popular music suggest that the ongoing cultural war is not all lost. Thanks to a recent change in the tracking of record sales, for instance, we now know that country music is enormously more popular than was once thought. And country remains almost the only place in popular culture to [...]

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