05/01/2002

As Americans, we pride ourselves on tolerance and freedom of speech—yet we rarely use that freedom to investigate the biggest questions and divides in our society. The outsider perspective is typically one of the most incisive, and yet when it comes to Christianity, we rarely hear that perspective articulated clearly and with no punches pulled. [...]

As Americans, we pride ourselves on tolerance and freedom of speech—yet we rarely use that freedom to investigate the biggest questions and divides in our society. The outsider perspective is typically one of the most incisive, and yet when it comes to Christianity, we rarely hear that perspective articulated clearly and with no punches pulled. [...]

Congress was out of session on January 22, but Representative Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat and coauthor of legislation to ban human cloning, had arrived at his office in the House Rayburn Building around 8 a.m. From his window, you could see morning commuters heading off to work on 1-395. Stupak was here early to [...]

A liberal American bishop of the present day airing grievances to a colleague? Not quite. These were the words of the fiercely conservative Bishop Bernard McQuaid of Rochester, New York, writing in 1892 to the hardly less conservative Archbishop Michael Corrigan of New York. Bishop McQuaid was complaining about Pope Leo XIII and the papal [...]

In the struggle to survive, the fit win, and so it is also the fit who breed. The winners pass on their winning characteristics to the next generation, and on marches Darwinian evolution. Nothing could be simpler. Yet Darwin thought this process could account not only for the most stunningly complex biological organs, such as [...]

Sorrow, pain, grief, anguish—all of these words somehow just barely describe the unfathomable and profound suffering we feel in moments of tribulation. Looking at the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary, we reflect on our own sorrows in union with those of Jesus Christ and His mother during the steps of His Passion. In The Problem [...]

It's difficult for those of us in the evangelism business to listen. After all, if you're proclaiming the "good news," isn't it you doing the talking? But it shouldn't always be this way. Evangelism begins with listening: first to the Word of God and then to those who must hear it. Anyone who evangelizes successfully [...]

In his endearing autobiography, Blessings in Disguise, the late Alec Guinness records a poignant milestone along his path to Rome. He had been cast as a priest in a picture being filmed in a French village. In between takes, while still attired in collar and cassock, he walked back to his quarters some distance away. [...]

Journalism is not philosophy. Which does not stop journalists from entering into areas where angels might fear to tread. There was a time when journalists were drawn from a different class than they are today. Both they and their readers took what they said about matters beyond mere reporting with a grain of salt. Oscar [...]

In case you're wondering, I don't make a habit of watching TV on Oscar night—sanctimonious self-congratulation is not my idea of a fun evening—but it occurred to me that this year's telecast might be more amusing than usual, seeing as how last year's movies were so much more awful than usual. How would the Academy [...]

The central fact of history is the Nativity. It poses the single most important question: Who is Christ? Few ages would seem further removed from a concern over the answer than our own. However, America's most popular composer, John Adams (b. 1947), has now written an opera/oratorio on the subject, titled El Nino or, as [...]

President Bush’s welfare reform initiative is trying to put an end to one of the greatest social tragedies of the past 30 years: the collapse of marriage. As a result of the soaring rates of divorce and illegitimacy, the percentage of children growing up without a father nearly tripled between 1960 and the early 1990s. [...]

As the atmosphere grew tense in Jerusalem, our Lord spoke the parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28-32). When the priestly cast and constituted authorities challenge His claims, Christ throws off any mantle of harm less philanthropy in which the lukewarm souls would cloak Him. Here is no romantic "Sage of Galilee." At the age [...]

I am often astonished at what the Holy Father says. On December 4, 2001, Pope John Paul II gave an audience to the bishops of Honduras, in which he recalled the fifth centenary of the first Mass on the American continent. The pope did not hesitate to declare that this Mass was a great event [...]

Bishops are the successors of the apostles—several times removed,in most cases. Listening to official statements prompted by the outing of priestly pedophiles has been a lot like hearing Lent described in terms of dieting rather than fasting. New guidelines are in place, we are told; past mistakes will not be repeated. One would have thought [...]

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