2004

It's been over ten years since I took the helm of Crisis Magazine and moved my family to Washington, D.C. Since then the circulation has grown from 6,000 to over 32,000, the full-time staff from three to eleven, and the budget has more than quadrupled to nearly $2 mil-lion. More important than the numbers, however, [...]

It's been over ten years since I took the helm of Crisis Magazine and moved my family to Washington, D.C. Since then the circulation has grown from 6,000 to over 32,000, the full-time staff from three to eleven, and the budget has more than quadrupled to nearly $2 mil-lion. More important than the numbers, however, [...]

It has now been two months since we unveiled the new look for Crisis. In that time, I've received a lot of constructive feedback. The vast majority of it has been positive—that the magazine is far more readable, the color attractive, and the new design eye-catching. Of course, no change comes without some criticism. That's [...]

Every generation has but a moment to carry the torch that defines who we are and what we will become. Will our torch shine brightly, or will it diminish? Our best hope will not be found in the laws of men but in love of others, or as President Bush defines it, compassion. Remember, "The [...]

This is, strange to say, the first time I have appeared in print as a Catholic writing to fellow Catholics, though I have lived half a century and have been writing for a living since I was 16. I was only received into the Catholic Church last New Year's Eve. Someday, should I live, I [...]

Twenty years ago, an NBC executive named Brandon Tartikoff handed a two-word memo to a TV producer named Michael Mann. "MTV cops," it said, and Miami Vice was born. After the show had become a success, someone asked Mann what made it distinctive, to which he replied with equal terseness, "No earth tones." Tartikoff is [...]

I am not a conductor groupie, following every move of a superstar or cult figure on the podium. My priority is always the music and its meaning, not the musician. However, as you might have surmised from my interview with conductor Jose Serebrier in last month's Crisis, I readily acknowledge the huge difference a conductor [...]

My grandfather was responsible for the career of Frank Rich. In the orthodox Catholic circles I travel in, this is like being the baseball manager who rejected young Fidel Castro because he couldn't hit a curve ball, thus leaving the Cuban no other option but to start a communist dictatorship. Rich, whose column appears every [...]

In 1940 four French teenaged boys followed a dog into the cave of Lascaux and discovered nearly 600 sophisticated paintings and 1,500 engravings almost 17,000 years old that moved the elegantly stubborn soul of Andre Malraux to factor the possibility of a higher hand in the human condition. My first confrontation with the soul splashed [...]

Anyone can learn about religion by examining how the media report it. On August 17, 2004, for example, the Washington Post's David Cho described a local convention of the 31-year-old San Francisco- based organization, Jews for Jesus. Two photos and two headlines were included in the two-page article. The first headline read, "Conversion Outreach by [...]

The Catholic Church has traditionally thought of itself as having been constructed hierarchically. Jesus Christ, for example, is the head of this Church: He is not the chairperson of any revolving ad hoc caucus of the whole. He picked twelve men and endowed them with the unction to carry on His ministry in His Church [...]

Every Catholic should by rights be an imperialist. As Rev. Robert Hugh Benson once wrote, "There were, after all, only two logical theories of government: the one, that power came from below, the other, that power came from above. The infidel, the Socialist, the materialist, the democrat, these maintained the one; the Catholic, the Monarchist, [...]

This is not an article for those who are unabashedly in love with democracy, who look forward to election year with patriotic zeal directed first of all to the nation and second of all to one of the political parties. I write instead for the genuinely dispossessed: for those who feel deep in their bones [...]

In 1968, a professor of theology at the University of Regensburg wrote a modestly sized treatise on the Apostles' Creed called Introduction to Christianity. Its impact, however, was anything but modest, for the book so captivated Pope Paul VI that he made its author archbishop of Munich (and later cardinal, one of his last appointments [...]

It had taken us two-and-a-half hours to drive a 15-mile road, and we still hadn't arrived. My wife, Myra, was concerned. ''Do you think we're going to be able to get out of here?" she asked. "If we have to go back up the way we came, I think it might be easier than it [...]

Having never been to a ma­jor Marian shrine, I didn't know quite what to expect. So on my way to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, I consciously put aside all preconcep­tions about what I should experience. I wanted just to let it happen. Over the years I've become in­creasingly aware [...]

The boy in the center of the picture bothers me most. No older than ten, he sits with hands behind his head, staring in wide- eyed terror off the edge of the frame. To his left, an adult woman—one of the teachers, perhaps—looks nervously at the cameraman. And to the right of the boy stands [...]

In his papal encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II warned the world community that "with the new prospects opened up by sci­entific and technological progress there arise new forms of attack on the dignity of the human being." We see this danger in the current debate over stem-cell research em­broiled in presidential election-year politics. [...]

Jose Serebrier is one of today's premier conductors. He burst on the scene at a very young age as a protege of Leopold Stokowski, who proclaimed him "the greatest master of orchestral balance." Born in Uruguay of Russian and Polish parents, Ser­ebrier started composing music at the age of nine, shortly after he had begun [...]

More often than not, I know exactly what I think of the films I see. I can understand why this statement might strike you as odd (after all, why wouldn't a critic know?), but it's not quite so simple as that. Great art is full of ambiguity: It leaves you room to make up your [...]

St. Augustine's in south Bos­ton—a grand old church of Irish Beantown—will close in November under Boston's parish con­solidations. Its smaller counterpart, St. Monica's, will remain open. The archdiocese's logic makes sense: St. Augustine's needed millions in mainte­nance and renovations, and it's located in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood where churches closed in earlier con­tractions have since [...]

“The less women fuss about themselves, the less they talk to other women, the more they try to please their hus­bands, the happier the marriage is going to be." The audacious feminin­ity of Dame Barbara Cartland (1901­-2000) was more radically feminist than the feminists she infuriated. She ran cosmetics and health food corpo­rations (honey was [...]

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