04/01/2002

With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few [...]

With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few [...]

The media love Frances Kissling. It's hard to blame them, really, given their general political agenda: Kissling wants abortion to remain legal, with no restrictions. She wants to boot the Vatican from the United Nations (UN). She wants bishops to tell Catholics it's okay to use condoms—even to distribute them. She wants RU-486, the abortion [...]

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2000 was the first time Jim Kelly ever marched in a parade. It was also the day he learned an important lesson about the school-choice battle's three volatile components: power, money, and faith. King's niece, Alveda King Tookes, had invited Kelly to assemble school-choicers to march, and parade officials squeezed [...]

Imagine a world where no Christian is named for St. Joseph, where no church or religious organization bears his name. Picture St. Joseph absent from the Mass, the Breviary, the Church calendar, and the Litany of Saints. No shrines, no special devotions, no hymns, no solo images, no popular customs, no festive foods pay homage [...]

Dr. Robert Destro is the former interim dean of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America and is an expert on church-state relations. Crisis publisher and editor Deal W. Hudson sat down with him at our offices in Washington, D.C. Deal W. Hudson: It's commonly said that Catholics who are politically [...]

In November, Crisis will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since I arrived here six years ago, Crisis has become more a genuine magazine and less a journal—gradually publishing more articles based on original reporting. While this is expensive and requires more editorial attention, you have let us know that this is what you want. And we're [...]

Wise men say you cannot predict Supreme Court decisions based on questions raised during oral argument, but the justices' recent go-round on the Cleveland school voucher case may prove an exception to that rule. Lead counsel for each side respectively provided a textbook example of how to argue, and how not to argue, before the [...]

Since September 11, an unfortunate etiquette has grown up around the subject of Islam. Our political leaders fall all over themselves to make it clear that America is at war with Islamic terrorists, not their religion. In public debates, most American intellectuals bemoan our lack of—what else?—openness and inclusiveness towards other cultures and decry American [...]

Frank Capra called his autobiography The Name Above the Title, referring to the fact that he received top billing on the films he directed. But what the posters called "Frank Capra's Its a Wonderful Life" is now known to all who see it each Christmas as "Jimmy Stewart's It's a Wonderful Life." Granted, Capra was [...]

If you have heard of American composer Peter Schickele (b. 1939), it is probably because of his musical antics as P.D.Q. Bach or his Public Radio International (PRI) program, Schickele Mix. In either case, these means of acquaintance would probably leave you surprised to know that Schickele is also a "serious" composer. It surprised me. [...]

Lord Palmerston, or certainly some such confident Victorian, said: "If you do well here, you'll do well there." Many Christians may now approve that outline of salvation, although its lightweight account of grace and goodness is the seductive Pelagian heresy. The rich young man who had kept the commandments and asked our Lord to finish [...]

On walking by two Catholic churches, I noticed something odd: One has "Daily Worship" and the other has "Mass." This diversity of wording made me curious. St. Matthew's Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., both have "Masses." I looked in the phone book under "churches." Anglican [...]

Revelations about the pedophilia of a disturbing number of Catholic priests reached a critical point in Boston recently. The spectacle of a cardinal archbishop brought to the bar of secular public opinion and required to answer questions from the hostile media sent a frisson of shame down the spine of Catholics throughout the country. Priests [...]

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