07/01/2000

A few events late last winter set Catholics in America to wondering. On the second Sunday of Lent, Pope John Paul II issued his historic "apology" for misdeeds of the Church, past and present. It was a deeply spiritual act of contrition that most Catholics took for what it was, an act analogous to a [...]

A few events late last winter set Catholics in America to wondering. On the second Sunday of Lent, Pope John Paul II issued his historic "apology" for misdeeds of the Church, past and present. It was a deeply spiritual act of contrition that most Catholics took for what it was, an act analogous to a [...]

On a Sunday afternoon at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, the shepherd of all Catholics in the U.S. military, administers the sacrament of confirmation to a group of young people and readies to make his plea. Before him, in the chapel, is an opportunity to replenish the armed forces's diminishing ranks of Catholic [...]

Many thoughtful Catholics dismiss concern for style as an affectation, an indulgence in personal taste. Like Puritan prelates, they pull their hems back from what they regard as an overemphasis on ornament and human ceremony. These are distractions from the true ecclesia, the living temple that is the people of God. If Christ is found [...]

Lawrence Kudlow is a nationally known economist and pundit, appearing on such television programs as The  McLaughlin Group and Hardball With Chris Matthews. In the 1980s, he served as an economist in the Reagan administration, before starring on Wall Street as a senior managing director for Bear Stearns. What few people know is that Kudlow [...]

I have a suggestion for those in academia who are concerned that women be treated as intellectual equals: Try sexual modesty. Before the lynching party arrives, I hope I will have time to explain. I have taught at several colleges, one of which has a dress code. To many, a dress code seems old-fashioned at [...]

One thing missing from biblical scholarship today is an understanding of the kingdom that Jesus came to establish. Nowhere, perhaps, is this more apparent than in the minimalist work of the Jesus Seminar. To counteract this tendency, we need to clarify the nature of the kingdom that Jesus came to establish. When Jesus spoke of [...]

The most influential American philosopher of the 20th century was received into the Church this past December. Those familiar with the trajectory of Mortimer Adler's work, not just the Great Books Program, should not be surprised. Born December 28, 1902, Mortimer has been a catholic philosopher all his long life, and now he will spend [...]

Margaret Sanger, birth mother and patron saint of Planned Parenthood, enjoys an unusually sanitized reputation. The standard biographical references hail her as a courageous champion of women's rights who overcame the dark forces of religious repression. But the hagiographers conveniently ignore or gloss the dark chapters of the story, especially her reflexive racism, and notorious [...]

For the past three presidential elections, the pro-life party has had at its head a candidate who was quite plainly uncomfortable in talking about abortion. But that very reluctance made it certain that the press would go after him and press him to speak. If there is, in our politics, any certainty we can count [...]

As breathtaking action and hair-raising violence are increasingly the sine qua non of summer box-office success, it comes as no surprise that Ridley Scott looked to the meatier side of the Roman Empire for the focus of his latest blockbuster, Gladiator. However, while the film by no means neglects these movie fundamentals, it earns its [...]

Relax. Premised on pleasure, summer is not the time to delve into the complete works of Arnold Schoenberg or bring Alban Berg's Wozzeck to the beach. It is a fun period to explore more accessible music and to pretend that you have the leisure to do so. Happily buried under a flood of superb new [...]

André Malraux, the courageous and large-hearted French Resistance fighter who later served as minister of culture under Charles de Gaulle, is often quoted as having said, "The 21st century will be religious, or it will not be at all." No thinking person can disagree. But in the opening pages of his memoirs, Malraux recounts a [...]

By an instinct common to all youth who have not had pacifism violently hammered into them, the inventive child will turn any toy into a weapon. War is in the blood, and among the sons of Cain, every cradle is Crécy. In his nursery of toy soldiers, the typical toddler calls his playpen Marathon and [...]

If you could relive the years of your early 20s, would you? Chances are you would not. Most people recall their young adulthood as a time not only of high excitement but also of high anxiety, a period of great peaks and valleys that they scarcely could weather a second time. The consuming question of [...]

"Original sin is called 'sin' only in an analogous sense: it is a sin ‘contracted’ and not ‘committed’—a state and not an act," according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Chesterton, in a famous passage, quipped that original sin is the one doctrine of the Church that we do not have to "believe." He [...]

One gets more cheerful with age, but there is a dangerous period in late middle life when a negative mood can descend upon one. Most curmudgeons of my experience are hale and hearty in their 50s, but the eye they turn on the world is cold and the words that issue from their scarcely parted [...]

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