07/01/1995

I was born into the American Protestant religion of the Episcopal Church. My mother who strongly adhered to her faith brought me up in the daily reading of the Bible, and I have kept this habit until the present. Broadly speaking, nearly all the information that I received from her was situated in the human [...]

I was born into the American Protestant religion of the Episcopal Church. My mother who strongly adhered to her faith brought me up in the daily reading of the Bible, and I have kept this habit until the present. Broadly speaking, nearly all the information that I received from her was situated in the human [...]

No Catholic figure, since St. Thomas Aquinas, has matched the creative mind of John Henry Newman. But if he is respected for that today, he is revered for his mind’s identity with his heart, and a heart so great that his heroic virtues have been recognized. He is, as of 1991, the venerable John Henry [...]

Everyone seems to know of the Catholic Church’s adamant stand against capital punishment. We have read in many press reports that the Pope’s encyclical Evangelium vitae had condemned capital puishment along with abortion and euthanasia. All are aware of the appeal of the "seamless garment of life" which was woven and distributed principally by the [...]

Democracy, Winston Churchill once said, is a bad system of government, except when compared to all the others. Much same might be said of capitalism. It is not a system much celebrated by poets, philosophers, or priests, from time to time it has seemed romantic to the young but not very often. Capitalism is a [...]

Continuing interest in James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense prompted Crisis to invite three leading Catholic scholars to comment. Wilson’s defense of Aristotelian virtue using the empirical methods of the social sciences has provoked widely varied responses. We asked each to evaluate Wilson’s contribution in the light of the Catholic moral tradition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Christopher Wolfe-Marquette [...]

With the remarkable events of the year 1989, the Czech people realized they were standing at the edge of a new order for their country. Their struggle had yielded nothing "politically correct." They had fought, rather, for the cause of truth over lies, good over evil, order against chaos, the transcendent over the pragmatic. Three [...]

The scene at the final hole at the Masters Golf Tournament—Ben Crenshaw weeping for joy, bent over, head in hands, while his caddy Carl Jackson comforts him. In that image many of us noticed something almost lost, nearly extinct, in American manners—the gratitude of a pious man who loves his game. Among professional sports, golf [...]

The Supreme Court relieved itself of another opinion on the subject of affirmative action last month, Adarand Constructors V. Pena. While this effort was marginally better that its predecessors, if only because it vectored in the right direction, it did little to clarify the legal or moral principles on which remedial racial policies might be [...]

I have encountered them in Boston, Washington, Cleveland, San Francisco, and they are, overall, a formidable lot: alert, savvy, doggedly loyal, with the imagination to look ahead and see the dangers lurking beyond the bend in the road. They are, in short, the readers of this magazine. And they seemed to have become quite attuned [...]

As the Republicans craft yet another round of welfare reform legislation they should look at one of the few federal programs that has succeeded in moving recipients off welfare and into jobs: the refugee welfare system. The key to success in the refugee program has been the involvement of the private sector. The Office of [...]

The unprecedented violence in the streets, murders by children, assisted suicide, various living arrangements in lieu of marriage, portrayals of sexual intercourse in popular media. In the midst of what they feel is impending chaos, Christians, Orthodox Jews, and many others struggle for a sense of peace. But the victory of mind over what's the [...]

The Catholic Campaign for America was founded because Catholics need a greater voice in the cultural and political debates dividing our country. In the battle between Biblical values and the radical left Catholics, who make up one quarter of the population, need to engage in the discussion that will decide the future of American society. [...]

Last year at Cannes in honor of his 75th birthday, Swedish author/director Ingmar Bergman received a special tribute. This summer there is a four-month Bergman festival in New York City. These events and many others remind us of Bergman's singular presence in the history of cinema. Simply put, he is the greatest single talent in [...]

English composer Edmund Rubbra [1901-1986] probably did not read The New York Times. At least, he did not respond to, nor was he guided by, the terms of the artistic dilemma propounded by the headline to a music review published in the early 1980s: "Beauty or the Pain of Truth?" The question is obviously loaded. [...]

Fear not. It’s like the unicorn, it will never be seen on this earth," pronounced John Fund, a Wall Street Journal editorial writer. In this manner he foretold the stillbirth of Hillary Clinton’s comprehensive plan for national health care. But more like the phoenix, nationalized health care has arisen in new and more alluring guise. [...]

"Fear not. It’s like the unicorn, it will never be seen on this earth," pronounced John Fund, a Wall Street Journal editorial writer. In this manner he foretold the stillbirth of Hillary Clinton’s comprehensive plan for national health care. But more like the phoenix, nationalized health care has arisen in new and more alluring guise. [...]

In And the Beagles and the Bunnies Shall Lie Down together, we see little Sally busily writing, head down, almost on the notebook. Charlie Brown is looking at her, as he does at all women, with some perplexity. "I have to do a paper for school on Ken and Abel," she explains to her brother. [...]

Last year at Cannes in honor of his 75th birthday, Swedish author/director Ingmar Bergman received a special tribute. This summer there is a four month Bergman festival in New York City. These events and many others remind us of Bergman's singular presence in the history of cinema. Simply put, he is the greatest single talent [...]

End Notes

The last refuge of the relativist is: You may do anything you wish so long as you don’t interfere with the rights of others to do whatever they wish. This statement is empty since it doesn’t tell us to do anything in particular. That is why it is sometimes thought to be equivalent to the [...]

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