10/01/2000

President Jimmy Carter kept two books on his Oval Office desk. One was James MacGregor Burns's Leadership (kept at hand to no apparent avail), in which the author distinguishes between transactional and transformational leaders. If elected, Vice President Al Gore will be a transactional president, while Gov. George W. Bush has positioned himself to be [...]

President Jimmy Carter kept two books on his Oval Office desk. One was James MacGregor Burns's Leadership (kept at hand to no apparent avail), in which the author distinguishes between transactional and transformational leaders. If elected, Vice President Al Gore will be a transactional president, while Gov. George W. Bush has positioned himself to be [...]

Members of Congress, appointed public officials, political leaders, delegates to the Republican Convention, and all of you, my sisters and brothers in the Lord. It is a great privilege for me to welcome you to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and to celebrate this Mass with you. I hope that your visit [...]

In early May, with the presidential primaries all but for- gotten, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno featured a surprising guest, considering the faded interest in political candidates outside of the destined nominees. Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes traded jokes with Leno before spending most of his appearance performing a song he had written with [...]

Dutch readers of the homosexual magazine Gay Krant tried unsuccessfully to sue Pope John Paul II in an Amsterdam court. In July, Gay Pride organized a gathering in Rome. The Dutch group claims the Holy Father's comment that the event was "offensive and insulting to Christian values" is discriminatory and incites hatred against homosexuals. Of [...]

In Norway, everyone is familiar with Kristin Lavransdatter, the trilogy that won Sigrid Undset a Nobel prize for literature in 1928. Kristin lives in medieval Norway but is nonetheless one of us. She is headstrong, passionate, and impatient and matures slowly through suffering and hardship. She fights with God until the end of her life—her [...]

Catholics who crave greater political involvement by their bishops should take note of Michigan's seven bishops, led by Adam Cardinal Maida. Two years ago, they helped defeat a referendum legalizing euthanasia; now they are weighing in on the most important contest over school choice yet to arise in our nation. What happens to school choice [...]

Two composers dominated the music of the 20th century: Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) and Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Robert Craft was especially close to the former and knew the latter, whom he called "the one composer who challenged Stravinsky's supremacy in 20th-century music." Maestro Crafthas had a front-row seat on the most important musical developments of our [...]

Senator Joseph Lieberman's reaffirmation of religious faith and its importance in public life is a fine and wonderful thing; he should be roundly applauded for it. When he quoted John Adams and George Washington on the relation between religion and morality, he was truer to "the American ideal" than the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which invoked [...]

This summer, the bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana, banned the racist texts of Flannery O'Connor from the schools in his diocese. You hardly know where to begin when faced with a proposition like that. The only Catholic admitted by mainstream secular literary critics to the canon of 20th-century American authors—now excised by Catholics. A major southern [...]

It was nearly, as they say, déjà vu all over again: It was another hearing in the Subcommittee on the Constitution in the House of Representatives—and once again an encounter with Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.). Last year, it was a tangle over the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (see "Congressman Graham Springs a Bill," October [...]

Film: The Horror

As Halloween approaches, our thoughts turn to horror movies—at least mine do, since I am a Halloween baby and have a disordered soul. I have followed this genre avidly and find that it contains some interesting and unexpected messages beyond "Boo!" While working for the Reagan administration, I was once dispatched on a speaking tour [...]

The golden age of the Broadway musical may be long past, but never has the musical been so gloriously recorded as in the present. Those who only know and treasure the familiar original cast recordings of shows like Brigadoon, Oklahoma, and West Side Story have a great treat in store. Quietly, over the past decade, [...]

Oh, we got trouble my friend / Trouble at the Neil Simon Theater / Oh, I bet you're wonderin' what could be the matter with a saccharine-sweet, apple pie, all-American, brass-band, flag-waving show like The Music Man? How 'bout the lead? Yes, my friends, Susan Stroman's truly glorious revival of Meredith Willson's musical chestnut has [...]

One of the most amusing moments in the run up to this election came when a reporter asked George W. Bush the name of his favorite political philosopher. No one, not even the most rabid Bush supporter, remotely supposed that the Texas governor has spent much time with the works of John Rawls or Leo [...]

Dr. Martin Routh, president of Magdalen College for 63 years, was the last Oxford don to wear a wig in the 18th- century style, and this he did until he died in his 100th year in 1854. He had been born on the 25th anniversary of the death of Peter the Great, who banned beards [...]

This summer the District of Columbia City Council attempted to force District employers to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives and certain abortifacients. Understandably, Catholic leaders asked that the customary conscience clause be inserted in the law, exempting those with religious objections. Angrily waving a picture of the pope at his audience—including the Most Rev. [...]

by James V. Schall A short but curious 1780 passage in Boswell reads, "Of a certain noble Lord, he [Samuel Johnson] said, `Respect him, you could not; for he had no mind of his own. Love him you could not; for that which you could do with him, everyone else could." No doubt, this lack [...]

A father who brought his son to Notre Dame went into the chapel of the residence hall and found a prayer card entitled "Toward a Spirit of Inclusivity at Notre Dame." After six fairly straightforward paragraphs came this: "Because we welcome and value lesbian and gay members of our Notre Dame community, help us to [...]

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