02/01/2000

WARNING: This article features content of an explicit nature. In recent years, there has been growing concern among Catholics that the American media have declared open warfare on the Catholic Church. Seemingly, a week doesn't pass without a blistering press release from the indefatigable Catholic League documenting yet another media slap directed at Church teachings, [...]

WARNING: This article features content of an explicit nature. In recent years, there has been growing concern among Catholics that the American media have declared open warfare on the Catholic Church. Seemingly, a week doesn't pass without a blistering press release from the indefatigable Catholic League documenting yet another media slap directed at Church teachings, [...]

Electing the Next Pope

No doubt about it, the white smoke is a thrill. On Octover 16, 1978, late in the day I was marking time with a bunch of reporters in the Sala Stampa della Santa Sede – the Vatican press office – when there it was on the TV screen: a wisp, a puff, a steady stream, [...]

The name Dietrich von Hildebrand is not, perhaps, as well known as it should be among intelligent and lit­erate Catholics—or, for that matter, among Christians of any ilk. He is a man whom Pius XII referred to as "a 20th-century doctor of the Church." Those who remember this pontiff will recall that he was not [...]

“Herod the king stretched forth his hands to afflict some of the Church. And he killed James, the brother of John, with the sword.” That stark recounting from the Book of Acts begins a marvel of God's grace for the devoted apostle. James "the Great"; his younger brother, St. John the Evangelist; and St. Peter [...]

The U.S. bishops' reconsideration of the 1978 document Environment and Art in Catholic Worship (EACW) heralds glad tidings to Christ's faithful who are fatigued by the legion of prosaic and uninspiring recent Catholic churches. There is great hope for a new era in Catholic church design—one rooted in the great tradition of Catholic architecture, which speaks [...]

The canonization of Edith Stein has created quite a tur­moil for the Jews. They are willing to admit that she was an extraordinary woman, though the fact remains: To the Jews, she was an “apostate” It is not the first time the Jews have had to face a situation in which someone whom they view [...]

Catholics make up the largest religious denomination in this country-65 million. They are also one-third of the electorate in a presidential election, some 30 million. Yet in more than 200 years, a Catholic priest has never served as chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. In December, an 18-member bi­partisan committee gave its top rec­ommendation [...]

Suffering through any of the tele­vision millennial coverage was enough to make one long for a return to the Dark Ages. Each of the networks out­did the other in pretentiousness, as if hyping their own self-importance as chroniclers of the event added mo­mentousness to the event itself. All fea­tured the usual gaggle of talking heads, [...]

In December, the Supreme Court of Vermont decided to provide a coda of sorts to the millen­nium just ending— and sent tremors through the ranks of conservative writers. The court decided that it was, on balance, a violation of the Constitution of Vermont to with­hold from couples of the same sex the benefits that flow to [...]

All movies are documentaries: They show us actual people in seemingly real places, whom we therefore assume are behaving more or less realistically. This expectation is so powerful that it gives filmmakers a sur­prisingly large amount of room in which to maneuver, thus making pos­sible such peculiar phenomena as teen flicks in which everybody is [...]

When the history of 20th-cen­tury music is written in the next several hundred years, will it bear much resemblance to how we think of it now? My encounter with the works of Mieczyslaw Vainberg (1919-1996) makes me doubt that it will. So much music has been ignored or suppressed for aesthetic or political reasons during [...]

Before anything begins, God is. That is, God stands outside of nothingness. God is all-complete, existing with an inner Trinitarian life that needs no world, no man, no angel. If anything but God exists, it is not because something is deficient or lonely in God. What is not God cannot explain itself to itself without [...]

The other day, I was working in my office at home when my ten-year-old daughter, Natalie, came in. On the age-old child's understanding that all adults sitting quietly are really waiting for something to do, she started poking into various things and asking me about them. There's not much in an older person's library to [...]

My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on November 28. It has been a blessed 35 years, for which I cannot adequately express my gratitude. If I need proof of God's providence, I have it in the reality of a man and woman called from two ends of the earth to merge for [...]

As a youth, Churchill told Violet Bonham-Carter: "We are all worms. But I do believe I am a glow-worm." He was the man for the world's worst cataclysm, as Lincoln was the man for our nation's defining moment. Both were, as the ancients were wont to say, Tam Marti quam Minerva or, paraphrased, as courageous [...]

In the decade of discussion that occurred between the appearance of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the bishops' resounding approval of it, one did not need particularly perceptive antennae to pick up the note of embarrassment on the part of those who sought to explain what a Catholic university is. It was as if they were [...]

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