01/01/1994

Astonishingly, we are witnessing in our time one of the most fruitful periods for the charism of reconciliation with Rome in the history of the Catholic Church in America. A pride of young lions in the Christian faith, coming from every ecclesiastical tradition and from none, has slowly been assembling in the Roman communion. The [...]

Astonishingly, we are witnessing in our time one of the most fruitful periods for the charism of reconciliation with Rome in the history of the Catholic Church in America. A pride of young lions in the Christian faith, coming from every ecclesiastical tradition and from none, has slowly been assembling in the Roman communion. The [...]

Another cold and miserable January has come around, another March on Washington is scheduled, to stir the conscience of our fellow citizens about the terrible deeds done daily in our midst. Legally, with the full blessing of the American State, private acts of violence are reaching every day into the haven of new life in [...]

The ACLU’s Double Standard Last fall the Supreme Court made a decision to relax the standards of evidence required in sexual harassment cases. The ruling, Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc., was not only unanimously decided, it engendered almost no hostility from any political camp. The sentiment among liberals was particularly sympathetic. Praise came from leaders [...]

It’s called the Bedbug Letter. As the story goes, it is the letter sent routinely to hotel guests who complain about vermin in their beds. If you have registered any criticism with any bureaucrat over any matter, you have probably received a Bedbug Letter — the typical "damage control" response which combines denial that a [...]

Our leading politicians have just declared a war on crime, but are they ready for the casualties that prosecuting and winning such a war will inevitably involve? Our experience in Viet Nam taught us what can happen when our leaders commit us to a war without the will to win. In order to test whether [...]

"If we could first know where we are," said Lincoln, "and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it." When he spoke those words, Lincoln was convinced that the "tendency" of the country was being formed by a concert of politicians and judges, to remove every [...]

My conversion began in the emergency room of the American Hospital in Paris in the summer of 1957. I had been sitting on the terrace of the Café Select, where I had drunk 13 bottles of Guinness the night before, debating whether I should order a little hair of the dog, when quite suddenly every [...]

I remember it so vividly. We had just started high school a week earlier, and one of the first assigned readings for my English class was Genesis, chapter one. Still eager to show my new teacher that I wanted to "go the extra mile," I decided to research the topic outside of the required reading. [...]

I was reared in the pews of a Southern Baptist church. My memories of Irondale Baptist Church, on the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama, were brought back to me recently when, at a dinner party, my husband and I sang "Softly and Tenderly" for a group of Fordham graduate students. Catholics are often fascinated and sometimes [...]

From the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, a succession of British and American intellectuals converted to Catholicism. Since the Reformation very few English language writers of any influence had tried to advance the cause of the Catholic Church, but in this age of reassertion converts became its principal advocates. Outspoken and intellectually gifted, they aimed [...]

One of Chesterton’s most Chestertonian obiter dicta is his remark that "If something is worth doing... it is worth doing badly." Scott and Kimberly Hahn conclude the preface to the account of their pilgrimage into the Catholic Church with a self-effacing demurral that draws on this maxim. Not so. Or rather, inappropriate. The Hahn's story [...]

Nor does the Church close her eyes to the danger of fanaticism or fundamentalism among those who, in the name of an ideology which purports to be scientific or religious, claim the right to impose on others their own concept of what is true and good. Christian truth is not of this kind. Since it [...]

The recent death of Father Bede Griffiths, O.S.B.Cam., calls to mind the career of one of the more interesting figures in twentieth-century Catholicism. Certainly his life and work deserve, and will undoubtedly get, more study than they have hitherto received. Yet his much-lamented absence from the recent meeting of the World Parliament of Religions held [...]

Editor's note: December's "Catholic Home Library" feature was popular with readers and contributors alike, and so we offer several more suggestions for leisurely reading and meditation as the new year begins. Leisure Instead of Illusion Any honest list of books recommended around Christmas time will necessarily be brief, Christmas being the holiday currently designed as [...]

Once upon a January, many long years ago, I was born in a small town in Iowa. My recollections of this momentous event, naturally, remain somewhat vague. Actually, this is a great mercy, as you can readily realize, otherwise I might be tempted to write about it. As Chesterton said in his Autobiography, we have [...]

January brings with it a sense of stepping out of confession. A clean slate, a chance to improve. Those disposed to make lists have done so, charting corrective measures to start New Year's Day. By the end of the month, however, most resolves dissolve. The remedy suggested is to tackle a single issue. An inventory [...]

January puts one in mind of Saint Januarius, the liquefaction of whose blood is a marvel difficult for the skeptic to dismiss, though dismiss it of course he will. The alternative is too horrible to contemplate. Popular devotions often bring out incredulity even in the faithful. How often has one heard the jocular remark that [...]

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