02/01/1999

Murder, He Wrought

Twenty years ago, Dr. Francis Schaeffer, the late evangelical philosopher-theologian, and Dr. C. Everett Koop, the pediatric surgeon (and future surgeon general), predicted that if abortion became accepted in America, it would be a very short time before infanticide and euthanasia were also accepted. The two spelled out their arguments in a book and video [...]

Murder, He Wrought

Twenty years ago, Dr. Francis Schaeffer, the late evangelical philosopher-theologian, and Dr. C. Everett Koop, the pediatric surgeon (and future surgeon general), predicted that if abortion became accepted in America, it would be a very short time before infanticide and euthanasia were also accepted. The two spelled out their arguments in a book and video [...]

They are beautiful and imposing when you actually see them. Sitting like castles, resplendent atop prime real estate, these Catholic seminaries make you wonder, "How many men fill up those buildings? What is being taught there? How can the diocese afford the heating bill?" You may have noticed them while driving by: From the Cross [...]

Those of us who are single often have what I call "single moments." I remember one particularly clearly. I had just graduated from college and I was working in the Silicon Valley, earning what was then considered good money. I stopped at a shopping mall one night after work, and a profound depression settled over [...]

The Single Life

Many single Catholics know that marriage and family are at the heart of life. Even though Paul advises that the single life is best for those who are called to it (1 Corinthians 7), few are willing to take him up on the offer. However, according to media reports and the U.S. Census Bureau, more [...]

Seventy years ago Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. At 46 she was one of the youngest authors and only the third woman to be so honored. As the decades have passed, it has become ever more evident that Undset's talent as a novelist places her, along with George Eliot, [...]

My friend Jeff and I were sitting at a tavern in northwest Washington, D.C., unwinding over Irish coffee. Another session of night law school was behind us, and, as usual, we were discussing politics. It had always been enlightening, and at times a little contentious, to talk politics with Jeff. A senior aide to a [...]

The Church Impotent

Despite constant feminist complaints about the patriarchal tendencies of Christianity, men are largely absent from the Christian churches of the modern Western world. Lay men often attend church activities because a wife, mother, or girlfriend has pressured them. As Tom Forrest, a priest active in international evangelization, points out, only 25 percent of the participants [...]

About Last Night

There are so few books today that "matter," that talk about their subject, in light of the divine destiny of every human being. So I might be forgiven for my effusive enthusiasm on discovering what many have called the greatest Catholic novel ever written, Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter. Kristin gives you insight into virtue and [...]

A priest in Northern Virginia, a prominent defender of the liturgy, is often quoted as saying, "The problems in the Catholic Church in America are caused by Bing Crosby. Movies like The Bells of St. Mary's never show him praying." I heard this the day after my family had celebrated our annual reviewing of Fr. [...]

The irrepressible humorist, Dave Barry, said it best. In his review of the annus horribilis that was 1998, he noted that Bill Clinton "really, really, really wanted to take his place in history alongside the likes of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, and instead he winds up looking more like Pee-wee Herman, but with less [...]

In a lovely September in New England, Ruthie Pakaluk, with her family and friends round her, gently slipped away and succumbed, at the age of 41, to the breast cancer that had hovered, with its peril, over several years. At the onset of her cancer, in her late 30s, she was at the beginning of [...]

In the waning days of the Soviet empire, I had the chance to visit Estonia. After a lecture at the University of Tartu, I was invited to dinner by my hosts. As was usual in "special" restaurants in the Soviet Union, the scene was surreal. The faded decor was a bizarre attempt at elegance, the [...]

The Aztecs could tell time on a mega-scale, being keen on sundials and calendars. If there was not some contact with the East, we are confronted with a mega-coincidence: Four of the twelve animal symbols in the Mongolian zodiac calendar are identical to those used by the Aztecs, and three others differ only as the [...]

“You have to understand. We're basically living in Sodom." The figure who recently offered this cultural analysis is not a fundamentalist, a right-wing conspirator, a neo-Nazi, or any of the other fanatics who allegedly threaten to take over the American landscape as the Clinton presidency subsides. He is the dean of a distinguished private liberal [...]

It had been a convivial dinner dance, and several of us extended the evening by repairing to the hotel's cocktail lounge. We were there only briefly before a waitress came hurriedly to our table, asking if a doctor were present. In fact there were not one, but two, and a nurse. They followed the waitress, [...]

Currently, suggestions multiply that, in the United States, two Catholic churches now exist, something we, especially the bishops, are reluctant to acknowledge. This observation is so frequent that I want to spell the question out, if only for my own clarification. The two churches can exist in every diocese and religious order; but clearly one [...]

In her theological thriller, A Corner of the Veil, the French author Laurence Cossé explores the consequences of the discovery of a new proof for the existence of God. Of such simplicity and cogency is this proof that to read it is to be rid immediately of any doubt as to God's existence. Of course, [...]

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