10/01/2002

Representatives of a group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) started appearing in the media—mainly the Boston Globe—in the months following the revelations about sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston. Initially the group appeared credible. I know many faithful Catholics added themselves to the organization's mailing list, hoping the lay group would challenge the [...]

Representatives of a group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) started appearing in the media—mainly the Boston Globe—in the months following the revelations about sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston. Initially the group appeared credible. I know many faithful Catholics added themselves to the organization's mailing list, hoping the lay group would challenge the [...]

After nearly a year of scandal-ridden crisis, heaven in its infinite mercy has just given American Catholics a wonderful gift. It comes in the person of Timothy Michael Dolan, who by the grace of God and the mediation of Pope John Paul II was installed on August 28 as the tenth archbishop of Milwaukee. It [...]

In a most ordinary moment on a normal day at work in the Chicago bureau of a major national newsmagazine, I came to a realization that has bothered me ever since. Everyone knows how much power the press has in shaping the news, how its choice of stories and words influence readers. But one afternoon, [...]

An American Tragedy

I taught for a while in Paris and, after knocking off work, would walk down the rue des Ecoles, past the College de France, past the statue of Joachim du Bellay, to the Cinema Henri Langois the best repertory cinema I know—to see a Western. I took my seat in the dark theater among the [...]

Domino's Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan created quite a stir on April 7, 1999. Dissatisfied with existing Catholic legal education, he unveiled plans to donate $50 million to open the 26th Catholic law school in the United States—Ave Maria—in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And he announced that Bernard Dobranski, the former law school dean of the Catholic [...]

It's Thursday night, and Rev. Bill Parent, a Roman Catholic priest, is still struggling with the opening of his Sunday homily. His fingers sit unmoving on his computer keyboard. He has had several ideas, but none has taken on a life of its own. He writes two sentences, stops, and rubs his chin. Then he [...]

Gloria, laus et honor.... So goes the old Latin hymn. Sung traditionally on Palm Sunday, it foretells of the Passion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection.  The words bear quoting here: All glory, laud and honor To thee, Redeemer King To whom the lips of children Made sweet hosannas ring... To thee before thy [...]

Ever since C.P. Snow delivered his famous 1959 lectures, "The Two Cultures," the English-speaking world has had a ready-made formula to sort out the problems created by the immense power and prestige of science and technology on the one hand and the uncertain status of the rest of human knowledge on the other. But this [...]

Summer is the season of stupid movies. (I do solemnly swear that this is the last time you will ever see the words "Vin Diesel" within a mile of my byline.) So you'd think that critics would have reveled in a summertime blockbuster about the heavyweight subject of religious faith. Why, then, did so many [...]

The Naxos label is celebrating its 15th anniversary, and you should join in the fun. In this short period of time, this astonishing budget label has released more than 2,500 recordings, most of the finest quality, as attested to by the many prestigious awards Naxos and its artists have won. What would otherwise have cost [...]

Fribourg is a small town on the border between French and German Switzerland. A visitor would not be exaggerating if he claimed that there was a church on almost every street corner. In that part of the world, it is not unusual to see so many churches. What did catch my attention, however, was St. [...]

In the line of other parables about productivity (the sower, the mustard seed, and the tares of the field), the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27) could be called "the industrious and static managers." Much pastoral teaching continues in the uninformed mode of static economics even after an encyclical, Centesimus Annus, has argued [...]

A month after the fall semester begins, we can talk about students. Parents often wonder what students are learning in their classes. In 1933, Etienne Gilson, in a lecture titled "The Eminence of Teaching" (A Gilson Reader, 1957), recalled St. John Baptist de la Salle, the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. "We [...]

The hero of Evelyn Waugh's Scott-King's Modern Europe is a classics teacher who has lived into a time when classics are regarded as irrelevant and useless. He is told that parents no longer want the school to produce the "complete man" but to qualify their sons to enter the modern world. Can he blame them? [...]

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