01/01/1995

In January, parents and their children in high school are thinking about college. However, too often of late, Catholic families do not take seriously enough or simply are not aware of the marvelous opportunities made available to them by the rich heritage of our nation's Catholic colleges and universities. This article means to address this [...]

In January, parents and their children in high school are thinking about college. However, too often of late, Catholic families do not take seriously enough or simply are not aware of the marvelous opportunities made available to them by the rich heritage of our nation's Catholic colleges and universities. This article means to address this [...]

In 1808 Friedrich Schleiermacher, writing in favor of establishing the University of Berlin, used the opportunity to tell his readers what a university is for. He argued that while in lower school it was permissible to teach subjects without regard to the whole, the critical thing at a university is for the student to acquire [...]

Few people know that in the early 1970s a "great books" program, founded by three professors, two of whom were Catholic, and inspired by the perennial philosophy, flourished at a large state university in the midwest. Even fewer know of its slow demise. The Integrated Humanities Program (IHP) at the University of Kansas (KU), although [...]

I come to you from one of those places that is in America, but not quite of it; and by that I mean, of course, an academic enclave, a college town. In my own case, the People's Republic of Amherst, Massachusetts. This is a town that flies the UN flag, and it refuses to accord [...]

Some Remarks on the Political History of Religion,
Or, On the Religious History of Modern Politics 
translated by Daniel J. Mahoney and Paul Seaton [Editor's note: Part II of Christianity and Democracy will run in the February issue.] Whoever compares the relations that obtain today between democracy and Christianity, particularly the Catholic Church, with what they [...]

Recently, someone from the White House called to defend the Clinton administration on the charge of anti-Catholicism, I waited to hear something persuasive. But as I will reveal, nothing he said proved very convincing. There were a few comments that sounded convincing, which I recount here: President Clinton is responsible for recapturing the Reagan Democrats, [...]

I am surprised by people who do not recognize the dangers of multiculturalism. They don't seem to understand that there is much more at stake than "learning about other cultures." Neither do they see the harm being done to American education and to the future of our culture. How did this happen? No doubt multiculturalists [...]

Over the years, I have learned a good many things from my friend, David Schindler, who has been going public with some strong opinions concerning how I could improve my work. Often I find them helpful. In particular, Schindler has recently ventured — in Catholic World Report — some very strong opinions about: (1) fatal [...]

Educational change agents, take heart. President Clinton and the education establishment will help you stand firm against troublemakers in your community who question or, more regressively, oppose their recently passed education bill, Goals 2000: Educate America Act. To put an end to such nay-saying, your Department of Education has designed for you a "Community Action [...]

Today’s students want something solid to chew on, not the mush of theological ambiguity with which we have been hailed by the age of dissent. A few years ago a freshman girl at Boston College told me she wanted to be a theology major but that she was afraid — she didn't want to lose [...]

Recent events in Pensacola have intensified the national debate on abortion. A jury has recommended the death penalty for Paul Hill, who was convicted of shooting an abortionist and his bodyguard. The New York Times headlined, "Protestor Is Convicted Of Murder," — a nice propaganda ploy. Those for abortion are now calling for more draconian [...]

Among the priests I've known and admired for many years one man has remained for me a reference point as steady as the north star, a standard that has not varied during a number of turbulent decades. At one point in his active career, I was told that he probably knew personally more American priests [...]

Like so much of his work, let me inform the reader that Sartre himself may have faded from the screen of au courant academic consciousness, but he is poised for a return if my first visit to the Sartre Society of America is a clue. Now some may find this disquieting, but for me it [...]

In light of our renewed public arguments concerning welfare reform, it is worthwhile to re-examine Michael Novak's "The Crisis of the Welfare State" (Crisis, July/August 1993). This essay marked a significant development in Novak's thought, a development arising from his encounter with the papal encyclical, Centesimus annus. Novak repeats his well-known critiques of the welfare [...]

In the little town of Iowa where I was born, there were two Catholic churches—Sacred Heart and Saints Peter and Paul. From my very youth, these two apostles, Peter and Paul, were visibly associated; and I have always liked the very ring of the words "Saints Peter and Paul" when spoken aloud. The Church celebrates [...]

It’s hard to avoid the impression, when sorting through the documents from the annual bishops' meeting, that enough trees are sacrificed every year in their manufacture to shingle the entire roof of St. Peter's — with enough left for the next decade of repairs. This year, for example, the American bishops received more than 600 [...]

We broke ground for the farmhouse, finally, on October 9. By our original calculations we were six months late; we had intended to break ground last spring. The delay, however, was a blessing, just that much more time to acclimate ourselves to the leap we are about to take in leaving the city and moving [...]

The transfer of the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas from March 7, the anniversary of his death, to January 28, whatever the official explanation, had the appearance of a demotion. Leo XIII, in his 1879 encyclical Aeterni patris had singled Thomas out as the special mentor of both the Catholic philosopher and theologian. With the [...]

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