11/01/1993

Christianity was not always called Christianity. In fact, during its first years, the Christian religion was simply known as "the way." Saint Paul, in his speech to the Jews at the vestibule of the Temple in the Book of Acts (22:4) says "I persecuted this way." He meant he had persecuted Christians. "The way" appears [...]

Christianity was not always called Christianity. In fact, during its first years, the Christian religion was simply known as "the way." Saint Paul, in his speech to the Jews at the vestibule of the Temple in the Book of Acts (22:4) says "I persecuted this way." He meant he had persecuted Christians. "The way" appears [...]

Long in preparation and long-awaited, the new encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Veritatis splendor, is a lengthy and comprehensive document that runs 179 pages in English and includes some 120 numbered sections and 184 footnotes. No one can mistake this for off-the-cuff "remarks." No prior document of the pontifical Magisterium compares with this. True, [...]

Sigrid Undset’s youth, which was the matrix of her artistic message, was far from the carefree "happy age" that many people today consider the privilege, if not the right, of adolescents. Like many poor Norwegian girls of her generation, Undset in 1898 took up the responsibilities of maturity at 16 years of age. For ten [...]

On a mountain in Tennessee there lives a man who claims to know Kristin Lavransdatter, and many there be who believe him. The man is Andrew Nelson Lytle, novelist, former professor of creative writing (whose students included Flannery O'Connor, James Dickey, and Madison Jones), and the sole surviving member of the most remarkable band of [...]

Objecting to the phrase "Catholic fiction," the distinguished Catholic literary critic and teacher Louise Cowan writes, "We don't really speak of Dante's Divine Comedy as Catholic writing. For the very term implies something less than the serious pursuit of an art for its own sake. I'm with Cardinal Newman on that point: truth must be [...]

OXFORD—Courtesy of The Chesterton Review, I recently spent two days in Zagreb, trying to organize a small conference there on ethics and economics. Why Croatia? Why Chesterton? Those who've read The Napoleon of Notting Hill must know the answer; for those who haven't, a few clues may explain. In the main square of Zagreb, near [...]

At the evangelical college where I teach, it has been several years since the faculty became really agitated over an injustice some-where in the world. To be sure, there is talk about Bosnia, Somalia, and Haiti, but none of these crises—in spite of their horror—has generated the levels of intense passion and controversy that characterized [...]

On December 10, 1992, Pope John Paul II officially promulgated the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, the first "universal" Catholic catechism in over 400 years. Seven years in preparation by a drafting committee composed of bishops from around the world, the new Catechism was presented to the world by the Holy Father in a [...]

Last month, Pope John Paul II, who early in his pontificate aimed at reuniting Eastern and Western Europe, then divided by the Iron Curtain, celebrated his fifteenth anniversary in office, that job done. It took a miracle, but it's done. If you don't believe the miracle part, think back to 1979 and the Soviet invasion [...]

The appearance of Veritatis splendor, the long-awaited encyclical on Christian morality was, predictably, greeted by negative comments in the secular press and faint praise in most Catholic papers. It was not surprising that major secular media and dissenting theologians had access to the encyclical before its official release date and so had their weapons honed [...]

Aristotle taught us that no action taken in ignorance was a truly free, or voluntary, action. It seems all the more curious, then, that the party that claims, as its leading principle, the "freedom of choice" on abortion, should set itself so firmly against supplying to pregnant women the most rudimentary information about the surgeries [...]

As we go to press, the people of California are deciding the fate of their education system. Because California is one of the nation's trend-setters, the outcome of Proposition 174, the "school choice" initiative, will have implications in every part of the country. One important element in the California debate was so muted as to [...]

Adoremus in Aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum!” the initial words of John Paul II, on June 12, 1993, when he was at the Eucharistic Congress in Seville, in Spain, in its famous Cathedral. The words mean simply, "Let us adore unto eternity the most Holy Sacrament." The moving photo in L'Osservatore Romano (June 23) shows the Holy [...]

On the feasts of Saint Monica and Saint Augustine they sped away, our daughters, one to Dallas, the other to Rome, leaving me with my usual August ailment—the back-to-school ache of homesickness for children now abruptly vanished. This same malady has hit me in varying degrees of intensity since our oldest child left for nursery [...]

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