06/01/1996

Romano Guardini's book The Lord has helped more than one generation of Christians enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. When the book first appeared, it offered a new approach to the spiritual interpretation of Scripture for which young people in particular longed; a longing, I might add, which is being felt again in [...]

Romano Guardini's book The Lord has helped more than one generation of Christians enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. When the book first appeared, it offered a new approach to the spiritual interpretation of Scripture for which young people in particular longed; a longing, I might add, which is being felt again in [...]

Putting it as clearly as I can, the bishops, when they permit their institutions to speak as they do, seem to know neither their own role in politics nor the layman's. As a result the USCC's statements on political responsibility are confusing at best, and a danger to the bishops' authority at worst. There is [...]

The debate, passage, and eventual veto of the partial-birth abortion ban reveals the deep pro-abortion leanings of some Catholic legislators. As California's Attorney General Dan Lungren explains, the hard-core pro-aborts do not want women to have fewer abortions because it would threaten a key tennet of their philosophy: that unborn children are things, not people. [...]

Catholics cheered when the U.S. cardinals, in a rare move, unanimously condemned President Clinton's veto of the partial-birth abortion bill. This legislation would have made it illegal to suck out the brains of the most defenseless and vulnerable members of the human family during the actual process of birth, a procedure that causes a nearly [...]

Dear President Clinton, It is with deep sorrow and dismay that we respond to your April 10 veto of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Your veto of this bill is beyond comprehension for those who hold human life sacred. It will ensure the continued use of the most heinous act to kill a tiny infant [...]

One cold January morning in 1989, Bernard Nathanson, famous Jewish abortionist-turned atheistic-pro-lifer, began to entertain seriously the notion of God. Seven years later, thanks to a persistent Opus Dei priest, the sixty-nine-year-old doctor, author of Aborting America and The Abortion Papers, is becoming a Roman Catholic. Even though pro-lifers have had him on their prayer [...]

Legatus Arrives

It may be more difficult for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but some of America's most wealthy, powerful and influential Catholics are doing what they can to further God's kingdom on earth. These business leaders are part of an [...]

Over the last fifteen years, the gambling industry's image has gone from sleazy to slick. Once a pastime that had us conjuring up visions of cigar-toting, gold-chain-wearing, pot-bellied mobsters, gambling is now something we can associate with trim, tanned, Wall Street family men. Even GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole seems convinced that today's legal gambling [...]

Pope John Paul II has asked that all the Church's pastors use the Catechism of the Catholic Church "assiduously in fulfilling their mission of proclaiming the faith and calling people to the Gospel of life." But how is the preacher to approach the Catechism from the perspective of homiletics so as to "make a very [...]

The pantheon of great American film directors includes D. W. Griffiths, John Ford, William Wyler, Howard Hawks, Orson Welles, and Frank Capra (1897-1991). Working in film from 1926 to 1961, Capra won three Academy Awards It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It With You; in addition to three nominations [...]

While Goals 2000's effort to impose federal controls on local public schools may seem an instance of the blind trying to lead the blind, a recent event in Ohio is an example of the blind trying to lead the 20/20s. There a troubled public educational establishment has undertaken to impose on private schools in Ohio [...]

Have you ever looked up over the proscenium arches or along the upper walls of still-existing nineteenth-century concert halls and observed the medallion bas-reliefs of the composers considered immortal at the time? There you will recognize the visages of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. You will also most likely encounter the profile and name [...]

St. Thomas often cites the famous phrase, "sapientis est ordinare"—the function of the wise man is to order. We human beings have the added burden, if I can call it that—for it is also a glory—of ordering ourselves. To order means that we properly place ourselves amidst the other things, including human things, that are [...]

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times at my parish this spring. On Palm Sunday I took the kids to the Children's Mass scheduled before Sunday School and, all set to be harrowed by the traditional reading of the Passion, was harrowed instead by one of those grating liturgical innovations [...]

Today's radicals hide behind the skirts of old liberals. This tactic pervades the National Catholic Reporter's lame defense of Call to Action (CTA), recently disciplined by Bishop Bruskewicz of Lincoln, Nebraska. In that piece, Editor Tom Fox makes CTA's radical dissent sound like the mild idealism of aging flower children. Far more serious issues are [...]

The affirmative action regime of the past three decades will enter a crisis this presidential season. And not a moment too soon. Though the desire to treat blacks, women, and minorities fairly opened up American institutions and made us all more sensitive to injustices in some ways, it did so at a high price: the [...]

Two of the most engaging students at Amherst—worldly, informed, sensible, savvy—rather surprised me when I made a comment in passing on the latest news of the day and they expressed a complete innocence: What was a "partial-birth abortion"? The hearings and debates had drawn a certain attention over several months, and the question had been [...]

The bizarre tabloid The Examiner broke the story: "Royal Psychic Reveals: Di Is a Faith Healer." Britain's Princess Diana has, it seems, tiptoed incognito into hospitals and "cured hundreds of children." Diana, claims psychic Betty Palko, "believes that in a previous life she was a nun who was treated cruelly by superstitious people who mistook [...]

One of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life was teaching high school in the Bronx. The students at Mount St. Michael Academy on E. 241st Street come from typical urban families, many of them racial and ethnic minorities. They do whatever it takes both to survive in the city and to receive [...]

President Clinton outdid himself this week for saying one thing while meaning another—particularly when it comes to abortion. First, the president announced his veto of H.R. 1833. This bill, which passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress, would mercifully ban a practice known as partial-birth abortion. Lest we forget, this is the procedure [...]

There is a scene early on in Robert Hugh Benson's Lord of the World when a volor (helicopter) crashes on a London Street. Within a quince a grim crew arrives, drives off the curious and begins to attend the dying and wounded. They swiftly and efficiently put them to death. I am often reminded of [...]

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