01/01/2000

With the November 1998 issue, Crisis launched its unprecedented analysis of the catholic vote in America (“Mind of the Catholic Voter” by Robert Novak). The central question tackled by that research was whether political conservatives can reasonably expect to attract a majority  of Catholic votes.  This question was provoked by the observation that Catholics were [...]

With the November 1998 issue, Crisis launched its unprecedented analysis of the catholic vote in America (“Mind of the Catholic Voter” by Robert Novak). The central question tackled by that research was whether political conservatives can reasonably expect to attract a majority  of Catholic votes.  This question was provoked by the observation that Catholics were [...]

In the year that has passed since Pope John Paul II released his encyclical Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason), theologians, philosophers, scientists, and other scholars have pondered its meaning and significance. One thing has become clear: A full appreciation of the teaching proposed in this extraordinarily rich document requires multiple readings and much reflection [...]

Pope St. Gregory VII (c. 1020-1085) was canonized in 1606, but nearly a century and a quarter had to pass before Pope Benedict XIII extended his feast to the universal Church—and even then many of Europe's Catholic princes objected. In fact, the feast (it falls on May 25) was banned in Catholic Austria until 1848. [...]

Wendell Berry, novelist, essayist, poet and farmer, is a central contributor to the growing renaissance of Christian culture. Although he does not, in his lean careful writing, broach religion directly, he writes as one completely at home with the Christian tradition. His readers are numerous and ever growing, drawn to his scriptural and Aristotelian-Thomistic view [...]

This is the fifth in an ongoing series of articles on the Real Presence.  Other articles that have appeared in this series are Ralph McInerny's “The Eucharist and Culture” (December 1998), Peter Kreeft's “What I Learned From a Muslim About Eucharistic Adoration” (December 1998), Thomas Howard's “The Hidden Manna” (April 1999), and Bishop Eugene J. [...]

At this epoch of human history, as we cross the threshold into the Great Jubilee and focus on the 2000th anniversary of Christ's Inca nation, we do well to reflect on the nature of His Mystical Body, the Church which He founded.  This is an excellent opportunity to clarify in our minds both what the [...]

Fr. Andrew Greeley has been quite busy lately. In the October 30 issue of America, he spent a full page lambasting the Crisis Catholic Voter Report, saying it "would probably earn a failing grade in most graduate seminars on survey research." Then on the November 29 Early Show, he said to Bryant Gumbel it was [...]

No constitutional doctrine has been more badly mangled by the Supreme Court than that governing church-state relations. For most of our nation's history, the language of the First Amendment was understood to forbid government preference for one faith over another. Only in that way could citizens be guaranteed the right to "free exercise" of religion. [...]

Chesterton once flicked away the beamish assumption that History was moving onward, ever upward; that each epoch not only would bring an advance in material comforts but an enlargement of freedom and a notable improvement in the moral sensibility of humankind. The last century has pro  vided by now an ample refutation of that facile [...]

There's an American Catholic philosopher teaching at Notre Dame who writes things like this: "Maritain's teaching on the relation between philosophy of nature and experimental science, surely one of the most carefully worked out of the Thomist solutions, was not thought adequate by Charles DeKoninck of Laval or by the River Forest Dominicans." There's a [...]

The Holy See recently hosted a seminar on film in the 21st century at which Pope John Paul II, urging moviemakers to do right by religion, informed the participants that their work should seek to demonstrate man's "natural propensity for peace and harmony with God and other men." This rosy-hued suggestion led me to reflect [...]

This article represents my fifth anniversary as Crisis music critic—55 consecutive articles in this space, not counting ravings at greater length that have been published during the past five years. I will celebrate by quickly gorging on a number of worthy releases that there is neither time nor space to treat adequately. And herein lies [...]

Repentance is good for the soul. In the past few decades, the Church has been called upon from various quarters to repent for her misdeeds over the 20 Christian centuries. And John Paul II has openly admitted some of the faults of Catholics: the Inquisition, the Galileo fiasco, the Church's acquiescence in the brutalities of [...]

Would anyone like a sure-fire formula for a Broadway hit? I think this fits the bill: a one-act play in which Edmund Burke and Marie Antoinette are ship wrecked on a desert island. Burke himself set the tone for such a drama in one of his passages so memorable that it is quoted the world [...]

At the European Synod, the bishop of Rotterdam urged us "to reduce substantially the egotistical consumption of the earth's goods in the first world." Such appeals are common in religious and humanitarian circles. What is at issue? The assumption behind this statement is that the consumption in the first world is the cause of the [...]

My  parish is recovering from a collective swoon that afflicted us when our pastor of 23 years retired. It isn't simply missing the familiar. His respect for the Magisterium and tradition characterized his pastorate. With him at the helm, we were spared, as much as he could, liturgical lunacies that invaded other parishes. Once or [...]

Dear Ralph, Although you did so subtly and in a manner that many readers may have missed, I congratulate you for drawing attention to the evil of kleptophobia. The stereotypes of the thief are so imbedded in our culture, that it is virtually impossible for us to overcome their influence. I remember vividly the day [...]

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