12/01/2001

Pro-life efforts rarely make the front page, much less above the fold. In fact, it seems the only time pro-life demonstrations make the evening news is when a handful of abortion activists peddle their pitch to sympathetic media ears across the street from our crowd of protestors. It took the events of September 11 to [...]

Pro-life efforts rarely make the front page, much less above the fold. In fact, it seems the only time pro-life demonstrations make the evening news is when a handful of abortion activists peddle their pitch to sympathetic media ears across the street from our crowd of protestors. It took the events of September 11 to [...]

Mothering God

Like a sunbeam passing through a windowpane, the Eternal Light entered and exited His mother's body without harming the seal of her virginity. In fact, nearly all patristic and medieval authorities taught that her delivery of Jesus was as quick and miraculous as her conception of Him. But if being born of a virgin points [...]

Pope John Paul II is a brave man. Speaking the truth in unstable and unfriendly countries, standing boldly against the popular demise of morality, traveling furiously even when weakened by sickness—no one can deny his courage. But the pope does more than just model strength for us: He calls us to it. His apostolic exhortation, [...]

Imagine one body with two heads. The twin giants of the Catholic literary revival of the early 20th century, G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, were so much associated in the eyes of the reading public that they together became the butt of the caricaturist's humor and the satirist's wit. Most famously, George Bernard Shaw, in [...]

In case you haven't already noticed, for some years there has been a growing effort in diverse educational and cultural circles to paint Christian history as a blot on human existence. There are more than a billion Catholics and several hundred million Protestants in the world today—very few of whom are self-evidently wicked or convinced [...]

In the heart of noisy Manhattan, when silence falls outside the window, I suspect something has gone wrong. St. Gregory the Great extended this feeling of alarm at silence to the moral order of the Church: "When one of his flock sins morally through his own fault, then he who is set above, because he [...]

During Christmas of 1964, I was assigned to a parish in Stanford-le-Hope, a town along the Thames east of London. What I remember most about this stay was retiring to bed on my first night. My quarters were in the convent chaplain's room across a snowy garden from the church. Not knowing where any light [...]

Brideshead Revisited enjoyed enormous success as a television series and deservedly so. Its faults are those of the novel, but its virtues are inadequate to convey why Evelyn Waugh is increasingly recognized as the most accomplished Catholic novelist of the 20th century. Waugh himself came to have misgivings about Brideshead. Written in wartime, it was [...]

What a difference a day makes. Just before September 11, the news media gorged themselves on the petty preoccupations of the welfare state, which is to say the politics of who gets what, when, and how. Congress had just returned from its summer recess, its leaders posturing according to party on what to do about [...]

Mary Drake was in a dilemma. The now 34-year-old Catholic from rural Minnesota wanted to follow what many, both inside and outside the Faith, regard as a difficult teaching of the Church: the ban against the use of contraception. Unfortunately, she had to convince Tim, her deeply skeptical, non-Catholic fiancé. "I guess you'd have to [...]

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