09/01/1998

Dr. Bernard Nathanson recently addressed a riveted audience of the Philadelphia Legatus Chapter on a subject we all need to think more about—genetic research. It was clear, by the time he was through, that Catholic moral theology is already facing its greatest challenge since the advent of the pill. The difference is that arguments against [...]

Dr. Bernard Nathanson recently addressed a riveted audience of the Philadelphia Legatus Chapter on a subject we all need to think more about—genetic research. It was clear, by the time he was through, that Catholic moral theology is already facing its greatest challenge since the advent of the pill. The difference is that arguments against [...]

Interpreting the religion clause of the First Amendment, to put it mildly, has not been the Supreme Court's finest hour. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The Framers took just sixteen words to declare their intention; the justices have taken hundreds of thousands to obscure [...]

On Saturday afternoons, in the 1940s, some of us would be at the movies, watching "adventure serials," and each installment would begin with a quick review of the scenes, lively and portentous, that brought us to the threshold of the current crisis. And so, a recap for the reader of the adventures of this summer, [...]

Thirty years ago, the sexual revolution broke through the last barricades of Victorian propriety. A whole generation drifted toward moral anarchy in its fitful pursuit of sexual liberation. At the end of the day, the casualties of this revolution surround us—AIDS patients, aborted children, and single mothers. But only recently have the intellectual elite come [...]

Father Avery Dulles, S.J., often called the dean of American Catholic theologians, has guided a generation of scholars toward a faithful interpretation of Vatican II. Many have used his theological models as a way of approaching the mysteries of revelation and the Church. Some have described him as a "bridge-builder" for the Catholic theological community—a [...]

Pope John Paul II's most recent apostolic letter, Ad Tuendam Fidem, represents new legislation issued by the Holy Father in order to bring the universal laws of the Church up to date with the profession of faith promulgated in 1989. This is the profession of faith that, in addition to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, the Apostolic [...]

The role America plays in the world today and for the foreseeable future—as her contribution to the health, wealth, and happiness of mankind in the 21st century—is something which is very much up to the American people themselves. They can, and will, choose whether that role is exemplary and determinant, the role of a leader [...]

In the company of good friends, after a more than adequate dinner and with a cigar worthy of the merlot, I am usually inclined to a roseate view of the Church and the world. But The Catholic Moment was not written after dinner. Nor was this little essay. The editors, however, have asked me to [...]

O guiding night! O night more lovely than the dawn!    O night that has united, The Lover with his beloved,    Transforming the beloved in her Lover.    Upon my flowering breast Which I kept for him alone,    There he lay sleeping, And I caressing him    There in a breeze from the [...]

The 20th century is unique in its promulgation of noise. I do not mean industrial racket, the sounds of traffic, or the incessant hum of frost-free refrigerators. I mean the presentation of random noise as art. Never before has an artist asked an audience to come to a pre-arranged place at an appointed time to [...]

Every couple of years, American filmgoers become mysteriously obsessed with a "water-cooler movie," a picture that ordinary people feel compelled to talk about at endless length, usually around the office water cooler. Though such movies sometimes feature well-known actors and actresses, and may even have been quite expensive to make, the size of the budget [...]

In the shaky science of probability, it is considered bad form to ask, "How can you be sure?" The statistician cannot lose. If he says the odds against winning the state lottery are forty million to one (a suspiciously round figure), and someone wins, he can claim he was right. So too with the weatherman [...]

A young woman I know recently went for the physical exam required to enter college. The nurse in the doctor's office began taking preliminary information. Along with the usual questions, she asked whether the young woman smoked: "Yes, a few cigarettes a day." The nurse warned her that smoking was dangerous to her health, as [...]

"Negativism" has now become a dirty word, bruited about by liberals to discredit public figures whose utterances they despise. Among these figures are two who are famous for their negativism, William C. Donohue and Donald E. Wildmon. Dr. Donohue heads up the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights; Rev. Wildmon, the American Family Association. [...]

The most shocking talk show in America is not hosted by Jerry Springer. The distinction belongs to a woman who, contrary to contemporary orthodoxy of moral relativism, doles out biblically based directives to troubled callers. Her unapologetic certitude, cheerfully delivered and leavened with humor, propelled her program to number one, according to a recent Arbitron [...]

Msgr. Klaus Gamber, the German liturgical historian, remarked that the danger of the priest's "facing-the-people" innovation in the Mass was that the priest would begin to think that he was an actor or master of ceremonies, not the mediator facing, with all the people in supplication, the same Lord and God. The priest would think [...]

A saint said that God did not become man in order that man might become a theologian. But knowing the basics of the faith is not theology; it is a condition of salvation. The widespread illiteracy among Catholics as to what the Church teaches is astounding. A good many Catholics are allegedly unclear that Jesus [...]

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