10/01/1993

“The real story here is the kids, not the Pope.” It was a bishop-friend of mine speaking, in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver on Saturday afternoon, August 14, 1993. The lobby was a sea of cassocks, red sashes, and skull-caps, with an occasional flash of a cardinal's purple. He was not [...]

“The real story here is the kids, not the Pope.” It was a bishop-friend of mine speaking, in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Denver on Saturday afternoon, August 14, 1993. The lobby was a sea of cassocks, red sashes, and skull-caps, with an occasional flash of a cardinal's purple. He was not [...]

There are few things more likely to spawn a dilemma in life than being a young conservative Catholic and liking rock music. After all, it is quite difficult suddenly to acquire insight in theology and politics and then realize that one's heroes from adolescence are sniveling, left-wing, vegetarian, neo-pagan tree-huggers who disdain all that one [...]

This year, the mayor's race in New York City — always of special interest to Americans — may just be more important than ever. This interest in New York, of course, is not because it is everyone's favorite city. Yet, New York is a city most Americans have visited and all know about. The outlines [...]

Editor's note: The following meditation by David A. Bovenizer on the consciousness unique to the modern era evokes a mood by way of complementing the adjoining excerpt from This Is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence, by Mark P. Shea. There once was a boy of 12 or so, who stood at sunset [...]

Excerpted from This Is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence, by Mark P. Shea, available from Christendom College Press If there is anything a good Protestant suspects, it is an intermediary between us and the grace of Christ. Such a thing seems contrary to the very idea of boldly approaching the Throne. It [...]

Now that we finally have a product of a Catholic institution of higher learning in the White House, the question What makes for a good Catholic education? is more pressing than ever. Through the years many parents have asked my advice regarding the choice of a Catholic college for their child. Their concern is hardly [...]

The recent decision by several Catholic colleges and universities to recognize student pro-choice and "gay rights" groups has sparked considerable controversy among educators. The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) responded by distributing a sampling of policies on recognizing student organizations, as well as a "working paper" developed under the auspices of the Jesuit [...]

Several years ago, I returned to my undergraduate alma mater, Williams College, which awarded me and some others honorary degrees. Williams is a college with a long tradition of providing ministers and missionaries to many different bodies of Protestantism. On the day I was there I read in the student newspaper that the burning issue [...]

Russell Kirk, widely known as the "Father" of modern American conservatism, is no longer in fashion among the majority of those calling themselves conservative. He is respected, of course, and in great demand as a lecturer. But by any objective measurement, Russell Kirk is not one of the stars of the conservative movement today. One [...]

In four very aggressive days in mid-August, Pope John Paul II, a Church leader with international stature rivaled only by Billy Graham, charged full-tilt into the culture war that is straining American society. With a passion and moral authority almost forgotten by modern America, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church attacked the "culture of [...]

The following interviews were conducted on a bus returning from World Youth Day in Denver. Although exhilarated by their experience, the participants were unanimously disgusted with the media's emphasis on dissent and controversy at the expense of the Pope's message and the true story of the genuine love which the Pope and the youth of [...]

In View

Populate or Perish Twenty-five years ago Pope Paul VI published Humanae Vitae. Since it has to do with sex, it is the one papal encyclical nearly everybody has heard of. The document plunged the Catholic Church into a turmoil from which it is only now beginning to recover, and it was greeted by the secular [...]

As summer’s lease expired, and we began tuning ourselves up again for the fall, there was a need not to let slip from us the revelations brought forth in that late, remarkable season: The party of abortion, at the peak of its confidence, brooked no compromise; it rolled through the House committee with the Freedom [...]

This year’s High Holy Days began on September 16 with two days of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and ended ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Talmudic tradition teaches that Rosh Hashana ushers in the month whose astrological sign is Libra — the scales of justice — in order to [...]

Last month I suggested that if the American bishops wanted a radically Catholic solution to inadequate health care services in this country, they might propose changes in the tax system that would encourage large contributions to the Church for health, education, and other matters of human welfare. Without constitutional debate, without careful reflection on and [...]

It is a privilege to voice our warmest congratulations to Russell Kirk on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, and to glory with him in his abundant literary accomplishments. The books of Russell Kirk will be read with pleasure generations hence; for they are, as he often says, about "the Permanent Things." His prose is [...]

We all live in a world shaped by the ambiguous legacy of the Enlightenment. That epochal development enlarged the scope of human freedom, prepared our minds for the scientific method, made man the measure of all things, and placed individuality and individual consent front and center on the political stage. By encouraging these views it [...]

For the first time in five years, Thursday at 7:30 holds no promise. It was exhilarating to wake on Thursday and know that in the evening some of us in the parish would put aside disparate concerns and come together to focus on the one thing which united us all, love of God and His [...]

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