As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap   "O lost, and by the wind grieved, Ghost, come back again!"—Thomas Wolfe Once, a few years ago, I did something bad. I don't know that the act was so bad that you would call it evil, but the consequences of my act taught me about evil deeds, [...]

As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap   "O lost, and by the wind grieved, Ghost, come back again!"—Thomas Wolfe Once, a few years ago, I did something bad. I don't know that the act was so bad that you would call it evil, but the consequences of my act taught me about evil deeds, [...]

Educated Catholics raised in Western culture do of course share a common knowledge of certain writers, from Augustine and Thomas Aquinas to Cardinal Newman and Jacques Maritain. But within each national culture, there are lesser-known writers who play a formative role in the development of Catholic sensibilities within their immediate circle. The big and powerful [...]

These have been changing times, and the demands for change are incessant — whether it's about birth control, divorce, the celibacy of priests, or the role of women. These issues must be examined intellectually and spiritually. Our Church wants to be responsive, and we want to remain current with the times. On the other hand, [...]

The rising sun penetrates the shroud of fog and melts away the morning dew which surrounds Lourdes' Rosary Basilica. Linda Carl, clothed in Malta's white robe, pushes a cart in a long procession of carts which solemnly winds its way towards morning Mass. Each cart carries one malade (French for sick or unhealthy) and is [...]

The Knights of Malta. The full name — and it is quite a mouthful — is, "The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta." Because in modern times there are many Dames as well as Knights, the shorthand phrase "Order of Malta" is preferred. The key word in [...]

Few institutions in the world today are as old as The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta. From its founding in the Holy Land before the arrival of the first Crusaders through its various periods, locations, and works, the Order has remained remarkably true to its original [...]

The Knights of Malta have a military history that dates to the early years of the Christian Crusades. Set in an era marked by the Cluniac revival of Benedictine monasticism, the Gregorian Reform of the eleventh-century Church and the ever persistent threat of Moorish invasion into Spain, the Crusades are responsible for some of the [...]

Closely allied with the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 was the universal "telling" of the rosary to save Christian Europe from being overwhelmed by the approaching Turkish fleet. Had the Turks won, all Europe would have become Muslim. Despite the great dread of defeat, a stunning victory was achieved and ever since then October 7 [...]

On June 27, 1969, seven New York City policemen raided a small Greenwich Village bar under the suspicion that the club was operating without a liquor license. Inside the Stonewall bar the cops found boxes of illegal booze and an assortment of drag queens, transsexuals, and other sexual deviants. When the bust started, the transvestites [...]

Strong gongs groaning as the guns boom far, 
 Don John of Austria is going to the war, 
Stiff flags straining in the night blasts cold 
 In the gloom black-purple, in the glint old-gold, 
 Torchlight crimson on the copper kettle-drums, 
 Then the tuckets, then the trumpets, then the cannon and he comes. [...]

The New York Times celebrated the eve of the Cairo Conference with one of the saddest pictures I have ever seen. The scene is a medical clinic in Karachi, Pakistan; four young women are seen lying side-by-side at a 90-degree angle across two beds, the paint visibly peeling from the metal headboards. The patients wear [...]

I was saddened by the Clinton administration's destruction of one of my hardest earned Senate accomplishments, the Adolescent Family Life Program (AFL), which provides an alternative to the heavily-funded Planned Parenthood approach to sex education (Title X). The AFL calls for parental and clergy participation (at the child's request) in the counseling, which emphasizes abstinence [...]

As well as all its other attractions, Provence is Cistercian country. To explore it with a fine academic study of abbeys which once were there, is an invitation to reflect on the roots of modern economic development and the interaction between art and material life. The Cistercian Order grew to 500 Abbeys in a single [...]

The mission church of Saint Francis Xavier is a tiny, white-frame church not unlike hundreds of others built over the past century in America for the purpose of bringing Christ, literally, to the furthest corners of the world. Unlike its many counterparts which dot the Great Plains and the Mountain States, Saint Francis's simple and [...]

Headline: Supreme Court Strikes Down Bans on Anti-Abortion Demonstrators. Subheads: Restraints Said to "Sweep More Broadly Than Necessary." High Court Leaves Only One, Narrow Restriction in Florida Case. These were not the headlines you were likely to have read on July 1 if you read the Washington Post or New York Times, or almost any [...]

Generally, before publication these columns are faxed to me by Scott Walter to see if there are any corrections to be made to the text before final publication. This exchange has been going on for six years now. In late July, I received the galleys for the September issue. In the course of the instructions, [...]

The proper study of mankind is man, said Alexander Pope. Even though I have never been an admirer of Pope and his neoclassic rationalism, I nonetheless am attached to his slogan, simply because I rewrite it in my head to say instead, "The proper study of woman is man," or, as a man might say, [...]

In Brian Moore’s Catholic, set in a future when modernists have taken over the Church, Father Kinsella is sent from Rome to investigate an Irish abbey where the old religion flourishes and is attracting the devout from around the world. It is the Latin Mass and the devotion with which it is said that draws [...]