01/01/1996

Dinsh D'Souza's The End of Racism reminds one of the post—World War II inquiry, "Who Lost China?" For D'Souza's massive compendium on the contemporary debate surrounding relations between blacks and whites in the United States justifies the conclusion that somewhere along the line he strayed from the only legitimate reason for revisiting that debate. That [...]

Dinsh D'Souza's The End of Racism reminds one of the post—World War II inquiry, "Who Lost China?" For D'Souza's massive compendium on the contemporary debate surrounding relations between blacks and whites in the United States justifies the conclusion that somewhere along the line he strayed from the only legitimate reason for revisiting that debate. That [...]

When the first Jesuits arrived in Philadelphia in 1733, they purchased a plot of land a few blocks from the old city center in order to construct the city's first Catholic church. The climate for Catholics was not exactly hospitable at the time—a Father Greaton reportedly wore Quaker garb in order to avoid stirring up [...]

The feminist slogan of the sixties, "sisterhood is powerful," was not in itself a falsehood, but insofar as it led to an eclipse or a denial of the value of motherhood, it created a great deal of confusion and unhappiness for young women. Whereas John Paul II sees motherhood as a fulfillment of women, one [...]

The philosophical map has altered. We live in a world wholly different from the world known by C. S. Lewis, or by John Henry Newman before him, or by Francis Bacon in the Renaissance or Robert Grosseteste in the Middle Ages. Whether we wish to locate the wellspring of this latter change in the eighteenth [...]

On November 20, the Congregation for the Sacred Doctrine of the Faith declared that Sacerdatio ordinatio, restricting priestly ordination to men, represents a confirmation of the infallible teaching of the ordinary magisterium. The meager coverage afforded by the secular media has been at once shrill and unsure. Crisis asked our contributing editors for their brief, [...]

Religion originally designated that which was forbidden because it desecrated the sacred or holy. Incredibly, the sacred itself is becoming taboo, forbidden, unmentionable in this vast land of Federally united smaller nations, or states. Religion is becoming forbidden not because it is the will of the majority of the people but because it is the [...]

There is a great myth concerning the intellectual life of the Church prior to Vatican II, that it was impoverished by a lack of imagination, narrowly focused on scholastic hairsplitting, rigidly enclosed by dogma, and irrelevant to the contemporary world. This view completely overlooks the philosophical generation spawned by Leo XIII's encyclical Aeterni patris. This [...]

You probably missed the centenary of French composer Charles Gounod's death in 1993. Not much attention was paid to this once phenomenally popular composer, who lived from 1818 to 1893. He is supposed to be completely passé, a relic of Victorian times; his saccharine tunes would send us moderns into insulin shock. Yet, even those [...]

British politics, as has been widely observed, is looking increasingly American—with Opposition Leader Tony Blair imitating the tactics of Bill Clinton, recent Tory leadership challenger John Redwood imitating those Newt Gingrich, and John Major imitating the mistakes and, in all probability, sharing the fate of George Bush. But one crucial difference between our two political [...]

Left-leaning journalists and politicians are exploiting Israel's trouble to further their own domestic agenda.  They warn that a faith centered world view encourages people to shoot abortionists and also contributed to the Rabin assassination.  This jeremiad combines three fallacies. The first we reject even from a five-year-old when he claims, "My sister made me do [...]

When Cardinal William Keeler, at the close of the NCCB November meeting, assured television viewers that despite the controversies they witnessed, a new consensus was emerging within the bishop's conference, his words were more hopeful than factual. Although the depth and seriousness of the conflict was nowhere more evident than in the bishops' discussions of [...]

In John Paul II's letter on the Third Millennium and in his encyclical on Christian unity, he has let us know what he things about the diversity among Christians.  Rouhgly, it ought to stop.  While not lessening the importance of prayer for unity, the Holy Father is putting considerable pressure on all of us, Catholics, [...]

One of the most durable and endearing images of my father was his figure bent over our den desk, writing weekly letters to his three sisters.  Tinidad natives, they moved to the United States as young adults, losing closeness on a small island to gradual separation on a larger land. Distance, however, was only in [...]

During four years of college and seven of graduate school, most of it in philosophy and theology, I heard only one lecture on virtue — the virtue of art. Thus I consider it miraculous that the language of virtue has returned to public discourse. But the virtues don't tell the whole story about human life. [...]

The CBS Evening News recently ran a special report dealing with home schooling in Michigan.  “The goal,” intoned Dan Rather, “is better education.... But there are concerns that at least one of these schools has a hidden agenda.” Segue to the on-the-spot reporter investigating the Noah Webster Academy, a "controversial" school set up to provide [...]

This month we head into 1996 and begin the countdown to the celebration of the millennium in earnest. In recent years the Holy Father has made it clear that our Church's preparation for the Jubilee Year 2000 must be one of individual spiritual renewal and recommitment to faith. A firm grounding in faith is the [...]

Something notable had apparently taken place in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, November 1. There had been a vote on abortion, evidently regarded all around as momentous—or in any event, a vote that seemed to set off, among the Democrats, the most extravagant flights of rhetoric in denouncing the measure, which passed nevertheless by [...]

You would have thought that the day was long since past when the ability to get easily out of lifetime promises would be regarded as progress, but the reaction to the Irish vote on divorce says otherwise. Poor Ireland was pictured as catching up with the modern world, and one fears that this is all [...]

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