He was a cosseted Renaissance prince, and he looked like an el Greco painting, as whip thin and dangerous as a pistol, as ascetic as a razor. He was a Victorian Italian, born in 1876, and entirely a product of his place and time. But he was also "a big man," in the sense in [...]

He was a cosseted Renaissance prince, and he looked like an el Greco painting, as whip thin and dangerous as a pistol, as ascetic as a razor. He was a Victorian Italian, born in 1876, and entirely a product of his place and time. But he was also "a big man," in the sense in [...]

If film aspires to be part of culture, it should do the things great literature, art and music do: elevate the spirit, help us understand ourselves and the life around us, and give people the feeling they are not alone." During an interview with the Los Angeles Times a year before his sudden death in [...]

It is Holy Week in 1974. The faithful are gathered beneath the majestic arches of the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Within the crowd, there is a man, a young professor of history, straining to hear the bishop's sermon. Although the professor spent two [...]

Editor's note: The following article is adapted from the homily given by His Eminence, Roger Cardinal Mahony, to delegates of the Democratic National Convention held in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, August 13. Once again, I extend to all of you, delegates to the Democratic National Convention, my sincere welcome. It is the Church's special [...]

This reflection on the seminarian and fatherhood is born of wonder at an obvious and often overlooked fact about the ordained priest: The Church tacitly sums up his identity and proposes him to the world in a single word—"Father." And the world, however unreflectively, actually assumes this form of address as its own in speaking [...]

by Fr. Michael Morris In the current liturgical debate over which way the celebrant at Mass should stand during the eucharistic prayer, two camps have emerged. The versus populum group has advocated since the Second Vatican Council that the celebrant face the people during the sacred mysteries. The ad orientem group advocates that the priest [...]

On the heels of Cardinal Ratzinger's letter to bishops, Dominus Iesus (Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church), comes the predictable chorus of boos. Once again, the papacy of John Paul II is accused of destroying post-Vatican II progress toward genuine interreligious dialogue by affirming the one way to salvation through Jesus [...]

In Stenberg v. Carhart, a 5 to 4 Supreme Court majority brought us to the brink of infanticide. It is unfashionable to describe the Court's action in those terms, but the genteel circumlocution with which such matters are these days discussed cannot disguise the likely consequence of its logic. Lest there be any doubt on [...]

The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act was brought to the floor of the House on September 26, but it was delayed until 7 p.m., debated for 40 minutes, and then passed by a vote of 380-15. An overwhelming success? Or a vote much larger than we had needed or wanted? Therein hangs a tale, and not [...]

Among the pagan myths, none had a larger echo in Christian culture than the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus was a musician and poet who could move not only human beings but even rocks and trees. These powers were clearly a symbol of art's capacity to order the world and reveal the beauty in [...]

The two giants of 20th-century Scandinavian music, Danish composer Carl Nielsen and Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, were born in the same year, 1865. Though they sound nothing alike, together they account for my initial love of music. Sibelius's Fifth Symphony and Nielsen's Fourth, both written around 1915, are the two works that revealed to me, in [...]

“Private property has really harmed Individualism, and obscured it, by confusing a man with what he possesses. It has led Individualism entirely astray. It has made gain not growth its aim. So that man thought that the important thing was to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be. The true [...]

The former mayor Marion Barry said of conditions in Washington, D.C., that "the crime rate isn't so bad if you don't count murder." This was an awkward account of the situation in our nation's capital, especially since the mayor personally increased the crimerate. By the encoded logic of its own illogic, any atomistic denial of [...]

My father, Ralph Husted, died at home in the darkness before dawn on August 7, in the middle of a thunderstorm. People often die at night, for some reason. They seem to obey their summons—or, rather, their invitation—when the household is likely to be asleep, when the nodding heads keeping watch in the shadowy stillness [...]

The Holy Father dedicated this millennial year, 2000, to the Trinity. How do we grasp this theme? In my memory, I associate the Trinity with Frank Sheed, who wrote so well about it. I recall two addresses Sheed gave, one at Catholic University of America in the 50s and the other at the University of [...]

I see by the papers that a Lutheran theologian at Boston College is publicly criticizing the appointment of an atheist Unitarian to an administrative post in the theology department of that Catholic institution. Her argument—if stating the obvious can be called an argument—is that it makes no sense to put the teaching of Catholic theology [...]