07/01/2001

Hanceville, Alabama, is in the heart of the Bible Belt, in a state with a population that is less than 3 percent Catholic. Turn onto Old Country Road in this northern Alabama town, and you'll likely see more than a few Southern Baptist churches as you drive along. But soon the religious landscape changes: For [...]

Hanceville, Alabama, is in the heart of the Bible Belt, in a state with a population that is less than 3 percent Catholic. Turn onto Old Country Road in this northern Alabama town, and you'll likely see more than a few Southern Baptist churches as you drive along. But soon the religious landscape changes: For [...]

When the phone call came from the papal nuncio telling him he had been named a cardinal, Rev. Avery Dulles, S.J., was in his Fordham University office talking with a student. Father Dulles had heard rumors about his pending appointment, but he also knew that it is as easy to be dropped from a gossipy [...]

Postmodern man—and postmodern woman—don't know how to give a good party. It's up to us Catholics to reclaim this lost art and share it with the world. Why? Because good parties are intrinsic to our Catholic faith. The liturgical year is punctuated with a wide array of feast days and celebrations, many of which are [...]

After several years as a director of project development for Paulist Productions in Los Angeles, one thing was clear to me: Very few quality scripts were being written for Hollywood by committed Christian writers. I wrote an article on this subject for the February 1998 issue of CRISIS ("Screenwriting the Gospel"), which found its way [...]

Florida might not be synonymous with hand counts and butterfly ballots if Catholics in Pennsylvania had preferred George W. Bush to Al Gore in Election 2000. If Bush had won the Catholic vote in Pennsylvania, he would have carried that key swing state, garnering almost enough (just two short) Republican electoral votes to win the [...]

After traveling to every corner of the globe, Pope John Paul II is ready to tackle yet another new frontier: cyberspace. The Internet may be the most revolutionary advance in the technology of communications since Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type in the 15th century. Noting that the Catholic Church cannot be "a mere spectator of [...]

The University of Dallas (UD) has long been counted among a handful of strong Catholic colleges where committed Catholic parents can safely send their sons and daughters. Billing itself as "the Catholic university for independent thinkers," UD is one of the top liberal arts universities in America. It is one of only eight universities in [...]

The alarming growth of judicial power in the past 40 years has worked particularly hard against the moral sensibilities of traditional conservatives. On issue after issue, judges have displaced elected representatives as the ultimate authority on whether and to what extent moral sentiments may be expressed in law. Every Republican presidential nominee for nearly four [...]

Flannery O'Connor once warned about the pious overvaluation of an often unhappy literary hybrid: "The Catholic novelist doesn't have to be a saint, he doesn't even have to be a Catholic; he does, unfortunately, have to be a novelist." Dana Gioia is a poet, essayist, and a Catholic. But no fair reader will ever accuse [...]

So far, this year's films have been so wretched that even the critic of Variety, the unofficial house organ of Hollywood, broke down and complained in print. As for me, I've been watching The Sopranos, marveling at the graphic casualty reports that trickle in from the front, and reminding myself that the great thing about [...]

Because this column usually focuses on a specific composer or theme, I have fallen behind in bringing to your attention a flood of excellent individual releases. Herewith is an attempt to catch up in time for your summer vacation. Summer is full of moments for music that is not meant to storm the heavens but [...]

This August marks the 58th anniversary of the execution of Franz Jägerstätter, the only man in his Austrian village to vote in 1938 against the unifying of his country with Hitler's Germany. Five years later, on August 9, 1943, Jägerstätter, who was also the only man in his village to refuse to fight in Hitler's [...]

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field...There was a landowner who planted a vineyard...The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop... There was a rich man who was accused of wasting his possessions... A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho..." These familiar lines open the [...]

The Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo falls on August 28. In his Sermon 34, Augustine observes: "There is not one who does not love something, but the question is, what to love?" Augustine did not examine whether people loved but what they chose to love. He added, "The Psalms do not tell us not [...]

The town of Rappallo is just south of Genoa on the western coast of Italy, on the old Roman road built during the time of Marcus Aurelius. Americans know it as the place where Ezra Pound lived before and after the 13 years he spent in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. He had made [...]

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