09/01/1994

Phenomenology deals with the structure of the appearance of things. It tries to describe the manner in which various kinds of things appear to us, the manner in which they are disclosed. It is appropriate for us to use phenomenology in reflecting on the Eucharist, because the Eucharist, while being a true sacrifice and while [...]

Phenomenology deals with the structure of the appearance of things. It tries to describe the manner in which various kinds of things appear to us, the manner in which they are disclosed. It is appropriate for us to use phenomenology in reflecting on the Eucharist, because the Eucharist, while being a true sacrifice and while [...]

Caesar and God

New York Governor Mario Cuomo (D) is an unusual politician for our time: he not only admits that he is religious, he proclaims religion's importance to both his private and public lives. Rarely does a politician introduce a book, as does Cuomo his recent More Than Words, by proclaiming that "Politics had nothing to do [...]

Were 'By their votes you shall know them' the criterion of Catholic identity in Congress, many Catholics, and most Democrats among them, might never be known as Catholic. Where once the claim to private conscience sundered Christendom during the Reformation, today a concept of "personal choice" holds the allegiance of the vast majority of Catholics [...]

One would have to be blind not to be struck by the potency and durability of the double standard applied against self-identified evangelical Christians seeking to participate in American public life. I am regularly invited to appear before Jewish social-action organizations that quite properly insist that their goal and political passions derive from Jewish teachings, [...]

Three things about the Religious Right's influence on the 1992 election and in American politics are of particular interest to me. First, a myth that grew out of the 1992 Republican Convention in Houston. Second, the surprising gains that the Religious Right has made, particularly in the media (National Public Radio presented a fair piece [...]

Samuel Francis’s latest book, Beautiful Losers: Essays in the Failure of American Conservatism, criticizes the Old Right, New Right, and neoconservatism by focusing on the locus of social power in a manner that should warm the heart of the few Marxists who bother to read it. Marx believed that the proletariat had the historic opportunity [...]

The term "regime" indicates the purpose of an organized political society together with the institutions and customs that are established, usually in some special manner, to achieve this purpose. The term "government" refers to those actual people, usually from a political party, who are elected or appointed to carry out the ends and purposes of [...]

By now, everyone knows that the worst misfortune in America is to have been born just ahead of the tidal wave ultimately known as the Boomers. We, the immediate predecessors of that enlightened group, are dubbed the Silent Generation, participants in the unexamined life. We innocently consumed lethal popcorn and thought a biceps curl had [...]

Remember the good old days when the liberation theologians were the bad guys? Now that we've got the neo-pagans, not only at the gates but at the altars, I am tempted to look back with some nostalgia. At least the liberationists acknowledged the Triune God of Scripture. True, some liberationists politicized the gospel. But today's [...]

At the end of May, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn left his residence in Cavendish, Vermont, to return home to a new Russia. Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974. It was prematurely assumed by members of the media that when he entered the United States he would say comforting things about the West — of [...]

Many people who denounce the Church for admitting only celibate men to the priesthood also ignore or minimize the importance of Catholic sisters and call for "other forms" of religious life that will supposedly bring "empowerment for women." How little they realize the special honor that celibate men in priestly service have traditionally paid to [...]

It caused, in Washington, what Henry James would have called a "minor tremor of the public tail," but in the camp of the pro-life movement it set off explosions throughout the landscape: Two of my own friends, George Weigel and William Kristol — both ardent defenders of the pro-life cause — sought to offer some [...]

Readers of this journal know that institutions of higher learning are under siege by the advocates of political correctness. The former editor of Crisis, Dinesh D'Souza, alerted the general reading public in Illiberal Education to the dangers of multiculturalism at America's colleges and universities. Readers also know that accreditors, funding agencies, state and federal governments, [...]

Catholics who have been confused, bemused, or disenchanted by the strange goings-on during the past quarter-of-a-century or so should be pleased to learn that help has arrived. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in standard as opposed to ideological English, is at last yours for the asking. You will find elsewhere in this issue an [...]

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