Crisis wanted to talk to Ralph Reed, president of the Christian Coalition, about his plans to create a Catholic Alliance within the Christian Coalition. Crisis editor, Deal W. Hudson, talked to him at the Capital Building in Washington, D.C. about the history of American Catholicism and his vision of Evangelical-Catholic cooperation in public policy. What's [...]

Crisis wanted to talk to Ralph Reed, president of the Christian Coalition, about his plans to create a Catholic Alliance within the Christian Coalition. Crisis editor, Deal W. Hudson, talked to him at the Capital Building in Washington, D.C. about the history of American Catholicism and his vision of Evangelical-Catholic cooperation in public policy. What's [...]

I have been clearing out rooms since the death of my husband and have been sometimes overcome by a sense of the charnel-house. The possessions of the dead can seem loathsome when they have lost all utility and are mere reminders of mortality, of corruption and decay, of grief and loss. Even evidence of past [...]

Walker Percy's extraordinary parody, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book, may be too controversial to produce as a play. Five years ago, as I began to adapt the book into play form, the script evoked responses ranging from profound appreciation to scandalized outrage. One friend of mine, a Baptist who spends a month [...]

Reports of Mary

Olympic officials in Atlanta could learn a thing or two from tiny Conyers, Georgia. Throngs of people have ventured to the historic antebellum town and its environs over the past five years. And not in fits and starts either. Rockdale County, not quite a two-hour drive from Flannery O'Connor's Milledgeville and home to the world's [...]

In the series of interviews with Italian journalist Vittorio Messori which appeared as The Ratzinger Report, Cardinal Ratzinger was asked about Marian apparations. He confirmed that reports of Mary's appearances were reaching the Vatican from around the globe and in guarded language suggesting that these phenomena are a "sign of the times." Ratzinger also discussed [...]

The Future of Vatican II

What has the Second Vatican Council wrought? This question was asked almost as soon as Vatican II concluded its work in 1965. It remains a question. Given the perspective provided by the distance of thirty years, what now can be said? No response can give a full measure of the impact of the Council without [...]

The law protects children outside the family much as it protects adults. In addition, children, have special rights appropriate to their age: the state forbids their neglect and guarantees them education, medical care, and the like. The crucial right that society denies to children is that of autonomy—the right to decide for oneself. The exceptions [...]

Many people are surprised that Catholics and evangelicals are starting to get along so well— the media is surprised and disappointed, liberals are surprised and scared. I'm not surprised, I was a Baptist who became a Catholic at the age of 33. At the Christian Coalition meeting in Washington D. C., I remarked that one [...]

in Milwaukee, where the skyline is filled with church spires and where there are Catholic, Lutheran, Evangelical Christian, Jewish, Islamic and non-sectarian community schools—in Wisconsin, where pioneering black Democratic State Representative Polly Williams and white Republican Governor Tommy Thompson can join forces when the interests of children are at stake—legislation was passed this summer establishing, [...]

Education reform has become one of the most public and controversial issues facing our country today. The recent trials and tribulations of Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and his school choice program are evidence that Americans recognize the need for improving our nation's schools, but that the best method for doing so is less certain. Thompson's [...]

Of all the questions asked me by reporters as the Holy See's U.S. press liaison in connection with the Fourth World   Conference on Women, one stands out: "What are the fundamental differences in world view that separate the Holy See from its opponents at this conference?" There are two primary areas in which to consider [...]

After the Battle of Gettysburg, President Lincoln urged General Meade to press the attack on Lee’s Army before the Southern troops could make it back across the Potomac river into Virginia. But Meade held back, and the moment was lost. Meade telegraphed the President that at least the Union side could take satisfaction in "driving [...]

Being "up" on public issues means, in an important way, knowing what the Supreme Court is doing with (or to) the American Constitution. October 2nd was "First Monday," the traditional day of opening of the Court term (its 205th). Once again concerns arise: what cases, significant in terms of constitutional freedoms, will the Court be [...]

If the high priests of school reform have their way, true-false answers and multiple choice questions are headed for the graveyard of scholastic history. Rote-memory, drill, and measurement of mere lower-order skills have been replaced by an emphasis on measuring "metacognitive processes and attitudes." In the place of cut-and-dried standardized testing, the teacher of the [...]

Fleeing the congestion and mayhem of New York City in the early summer of 1893, Antonin Dvorák, along with his wife and six children, alighted from a train in the little Bohemian settlement of Spillville, Iowa. Perhaps by then his worldwide fame had spread even there, but this quiet town in the middle of nowhere [...]

Hiroshima on TV

New York City—the fiftieth anniversary of Hiroshima has now passed by. The media here are no doubt breathing a little easier, after weeks of pouring through the old black and white film footage, and arranging interviews with photogenic veterans of the War in the Pacific. Everywhere you looked, you were sure to find a news [...]

An aura of unreality thickened by a fog of bitterness hung over the 1995 major league baseball season. The unreality had to do with the fact that 144 games do not a season make. Amputating April from the 1995 major league agenda not only distorted the pastime's normal rhythms; it also rendered this year's statistics [...]

The great 12th-century Jewish transmitter, Maimonides, described the early onset of agnosticism as a gradual process, untraceable to any particular individual. For centuries, humans had known God. They saw the wonders of rocks, rivers and mountains as natural manifestations of His power. In stages, they forgot the source of these creations, and embraced nature as [...]

Amidst the cacophony and confusion at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in September, one sound was muffled: the still, small voice of hope. Voices of reason and of truth, though not absent, were indistinct—overwhelmed. When all the shouting was over, this much came through clearly: the conference in Beijing [...]

Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness," St. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:15. In this one terse, simple direction to be grateful, St. Paul sums up the fundamental attitude required of a Christian. Gratitude is our proper response to God's gifts. Giving thanks is our first principle of worship. Gratitude comes easily at our house these days, [...]

Aristotle suggests that there is something higher than praise, even though praise is perhaps one of our highest acts. Praise results from our capacity and willingness to acknowledge that someone else, besides ourselves, has actually accomplished something worthwhile. Praise is, in this sense, our highest reward from others and the most precious gift. Yet, there [...]