04/01/1999

It is always a temptation to read the facts through the lens of the pervasive mood. Paul Weyrich, prominent among religious conservatives, has become progressively depressed over the fate of our culture. In February, Weyrich sent a four-page letter to conservatives. It is a much more thoughtful letter than has been reported, and deserves our [...]

It is always a temptation to read the facts through the lens of the pervasive mood. Paul Weyrich, prominent among religious conservatives, has become progressively depressed over the fate of our culture. In February, Weyrich sent a four-page letter to conservatives. It is a much more thoughtful letter than has been reported, and deserves our [...]

Fr. Michael Curtin—Fr. Mike to anyone who dealt with him for more than about three minutes—knew for some years before his death at 63 on February 4 that he was living on borrowed time. Males in his family, he would point out in his irreducibly good-natured way, had a habit of expiring well before their [...]

With the long lead times of Crisis, readers will understand when I report that this column was filed just after the impeachment of the president had failed in the Senate. By this point, it will be old news to the reader, though it is still too early to know whether Andrew Johnson will be damaged [...]

Christianity recounts the story of salvation in two ways. First, it recalls God's work in history: the creation of the world, the Fall, the history of Israel, Christ's Incarnation and Redemption, the end of the world, and our ultimate destination in the afterlife. All of this explains to us the nature of the universe in [...]

Something in America's Puritan beginnings commended itself to the challenge of the frontier. The uncharted New World held within it the promise of a manifest destiny for both the country's untested character and its spiritual state—its election. Carving our way across the continent we affirmed our place in the world and found solace. Later generations [...]

The usage of the word "person" in our culture illustrates, simultaneously, its ambiguity and its curious power. Advertisers have caught on to the electricity in the word and have attempted to use it to their profit. No doubt you have received more than one embossed envelope marked "Personal! Urgent!! Open Immediately!!!" The first sheet that [...]

The wheels of scientific progress are turning inexorably, it seems. In the past few years, medical researchers stunned the world with groundbreaking advances in our understanding of the human body and how to treat diseases that threaten it. Scottish scientists announced in 1997 that they had successfully engineered Dolly, a cloned sheep, using an adult [...]

In late September, the Spanish parliament defeated by one vote a law that would have expanded the country's abortion rights. In the wake of defeat, Spanish socialists and their allies pointed to the loss as evidence of an increasingly meddlesome and moralistic Catholic Church. "Women are not child factories," exclaimed Cristina Almeida of the New [...]

To ask what place the doctrine of the real presence in the Eucharist has in the Western tradition is first to ask for some distinctions, and secondly, to send us off on a hunt. In one sense, there is scarcely any other tenet of Catholicism that can be said to be closer to the center [...]

In America, only pretty young women become movie stars. Middle-aged ale actors who are unattractive—or at least Bogart-ugly—can and do play romantic leads, but no actress who is short of beautiful or much older than 30 has much chance of seeing her name above the title of a big-budget movie, save as part of a [...]

Albany records' new CD of Morton Gould's music, including his Pulitzer Prize winner from 1995, StringMusic, has sold well over 3,000 copies—bestseller status in the classical music world. This issue was preceded by a tribute album at the time of Gould's death in 1996, featuring some of Gould's Americana and his popular American Symphonette No. [...]

As music is by a universal consent of philosophy the highest of arts, it can be counted on to have the most inspiring power over the intellect and will. So phenomenal a power able to stir the stern brow and soothe the savage breast must have other influences too. The art of the gods at [...]

Just before the beginning of Lent this year, the Washington Post "Style" section, the guide to so much of what is really important to the movers and shakers in the nation's capital, carried a curious story. It seems that, in preparation for her several appearances before the House impeachment managers during the Senate trial, Monica [...]

In Oscar Cullmann's book, The State in the New Testament, he remarked that in the Book of Revelation, the primary embodiment of the anti-Christ would not merely be an individual but an individual claiming and autonomously exercising political power, with no standards but his own. Stated in such graphic terms, we assume that we ourselves [...]

Talk of the culture war presupposes two sides, but after the apparent popular response to Bill Clinton's degradation of the presidency it is difficult to go on thinking that there is any widespread resistance to the neo-pagan take-over. Of course, this may be one more illusion created by a media that reports approvingly on the [...]

JPII—Media Mogul

He is, by some accounts (Newsweek), "the world's most recognizable person." To others (USA Today) he is "the leading player on the world stage." In 1994 Time named him "Man of the Year." Wherever he goes—and he has traveled more than any pope, and perhaps any person, ever—his presence dominates media coverage, and for a [...]

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