12/01/1998

In his previous encyclicals, the Holy Father has shown how truth has a moral beauty that shines through the lives of the saints. Now, in Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), our philosopher-pope explains why that light no longer shines through the work of most philosophers, as well as the corrosive effects of that darkness [...]

In his previous encyclicals, the Holy Father has shown how truth has a moral beauty that shines through the lives of the saints. Now, in Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), our philosopher-pope explains why that light no longer shines through the work of most philosophers, as well as the corrosive effects of that darkness [...]

They had barely broken for the first commercials on election night when the media Wise Men began to intone the mantra that will be endlessly repeated by liberals and country-club Republicans over the next two years: Voters had rejected divisiveness and extremism (read conservative religious values) in favor of moderation (read toleration of abortion, gay [...]

During the Second World War, Josef Stalin was persistently suspicious about the motives of his Western Allies, particularly about their willingness to open a second front in Western Europe to relieve pressure on the Red Army in the East. At the conference at Teheran in 1943 Stalin forced the issue on his allies in the [...]

Christmas is to Hollywood what a bank is to a crook. The kids are home for the holidays, the house is full of restless guests who need tending—so why not take the afternoon off and go to the movies? And go we do, in numbers that fill the larcenous hearts of studio moguls with an [...]

Only a decade ago, animation was about as hip as—well, lounge music. Now audiences can't seem to get enough of it. Antz, a feature-length cartoon "starring" Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, and Sylvester Stallone, drew bigger crowds than Oprah Winfrey's Beloved; three of TV's smartest sitcoms, Fox's King of the Hill and The Simpsons [...]

In Gift and Mystery, John Paul II's poignant autobiographical meditations on his own vocation on the occasion of his fiftieth anniversary of priestly ordination, the pope described his formation in Krakow during the darkest days of World War II: In the autumn of 1942 I made my final decision to enter the Krakow seminary, which [...]

Doctors and lawyers require appointments; celebrities flee the fame they once pursued and turn away importunate visitors; the wise and the mighty are distant from us. How odd that God is always available. He is everywhere, of course. There would be no anywhere without him. The Trinity dwells within the graced person, and the faithful [...]

My friend John, a very intelligent and faithful Catholic, told me the following story when he was one of my students at Boston College. John's friend, ‘Isa—a very intelligent and faithful Muslim—expressed an interest in understanding the Catholic faith (not out of any doubt of his own) and asked John to take him to Mass. [...]

In many major American cities, the tawdry sections of town that once housed pornographic cinemas, bookstores, and strip joints have given way to shiny new office buildings and Starbucks coffee houses. Does this sign of urban renewal also signify moral renewal? Has America finally grown bored with a surfeit of pornography? Unfortunately not. Pornography has [...]

Robert Reilly recently spoke with Finland's most popular composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara (b. 1928), several days after the week-long celebrations in Helsinki for Rautavaara's 70th birthday on October 9. Rautavaara studied at Helsinki University and the Sibelius Academy. In 1955, a Koussevitzky Foundation award allowed Jean Sibelius to choose Rautavaara for a scholarship to study in [...]

Deal W. Hudson 1998, a rather lean year, has nonetheless provided some clear winners among books, films, and recordings. Kay Gibbon's sixth novel, On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon (Putnam), confirms what many have suspected, that this North Carolinian would one day emerge as a great American writer. The female narrator tells an unforgettable [...]

Obituaries

James P. McFadden (1930-1998) The world lost and Heaven gained a great soul when Jim McFadden died October 17, after a protracted struggle with cancer. Beneath the grit and grumble, James Patrick McFadden was as tender a man as I have ever known. After his Savior and his family, the most conspicuous objects of his [...]

Many have read the explanatory note of 29 June 1998 about Pope John Paul II's motu proprio Ad Tuendam Fidem issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the centenary of suffrage in Norway and the election of the former king Milan as commander-in-chief of the Serbian army. One hundred years later [...]

We are in the Christmas season, when public celebrating and gift-giving are at a height. At least some of us who are Christians try to remind ourselves amid the secular festivities and commercialism that the gifts we exchange are a reflection of the great gift that God gave us in sending Jesus into the world. [...]

Long before Advent, in the expanse of Church calendar known as ordinary time, the yearning for renewal was stirring. August merged into September. School buses were back on country roads, and tobacco just cut hung golden in black barns. In the palette of fence rows, bright faces of sunflowers and plumes of goldenrod gleamed yellow [...]

On the last day of the year, in many religious houses, the community gathers for a solemn chanting of the famous sixth century hymn, Te Deum Laudamus. This hymn is recited in the Sunday and Feast Day Office of the Breviary after the morning readings. The hymn is the common form of a thanksgiving prayer, [...]

When Leo XIII issued Aeterni Patris in 1879 he set in motion a revival of Catholic philosophy and theology that had in Thomas Aquinas its great model and paladin. The urgency of the encyclical can only be understood against the background of those decades during which the Magisterium fashioned an ever more profound critique of [...]

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