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Can a Catholic Be a Libertarian?

Lately I've been extensively reading the Austrian Economists and the thinkers of the Libertarian tradition. I can already hear the groans and screams of some readers pulling their hair—or beards—out as they lament the seemingly inexcusable faux pas of a traditional Catholic such as myself dabbling in the world of political and economic liberalism. I [...]

Hollywood Knows Him Not: Christmas Movies You Want to See

Christmas is to Hollywood what a bank is to a crook. The kids are home for the holidays, the house is full of restless guests who need tending -- so why not take the afternoon off and go to the movies? And go we do, in numbers that fill the larcenous hearts of studio moguls [...]

Assistance, not assisted suicide

Cristina Odone is against doctor-assisted suicide, and she knows whereof she speaks: Her own father asked her to help him die. She tells the story of how she came to see that the medical community has it exactly backwards when it comes to matters of life and death: "Put me out of my misery." The [...]

Confusing palliative care and assisted suicide in NY?

Earlier this month I blogged about a New Yorker article that discussed the sorry state of end-of-life care in America.  In an effort to address that problem, New York State last week signed the New York Palliative Care Information Act into law, which would require physicians to discuss prognosis and end-of-life options with their terminal [...]

Learning How to Die

The latest issue of the New Yorker has an excellent piece on the current sorry state of end-of-life care in this country -- and not because of politics, or insurance companies, or any of the usual culprits. Rather, Dr. Atul Gawande says that, however good modern medicine has become at prolonging life, we are more [...]

Second Thoughts about the Second Coming

                          The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise again. (1 Thes 4:16)   We've all heard the common wisdom about the second coming of Christ: Early Christians expected the imminent triumphant return [...]

Off the Rails: Was Vatican II Hijacked?

In this Crisis Magazine classic, James Hitchcock says that while the Second Vatican Council was itself orthodox, much of what followed was not. Here's why.     Most Catholics in 1959 probably didn't even know what an ecumenical council was. And yet, here it was. Pope John XXIII announced that the goals of the Second [...]

Argentina Mourns an Honest Man

  Argentina entered a period of deep reflection following the recent death in old age of Raúl Alfonsín, the country's first democratically elected president after the military dictatorship of 1976-1982. In three days of official mourning, Argentines waited hours in lines that stretched many city blocks to view the former president's body. The government and [...]

Is the Future of the Christian Vote in Doubt?

June 1 was a lovely day in Northern Virginia when the staff of InsideCatholic gathered with friends for our annual Lazarus Golf Tournament at Bull Run Golf Club, nestled against the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before playing, however, we hosted a roundtable discussion entitled "The Future of the Christian Vote: Is It in [...]

Brideshead Reinvented

Brideshead Revisited, the classic Catholic novel by Evelyn Waugh, was made into a highly successful television miniseries in 1981. The 11-part series -- written by John Mortimer, produced by Granada Television, and starring Jeremy Irons -- was praised for its fidelity to Waugh’s novel, particularly for its respectful treatment of the Catholic faith. Every major [...]

A Terrible Misunderstanding: How the Polls Distort Roe v. Wade

In June 2000, the Los Angeles Times released a poll that found Americans “evenly split” regarding Roe v. Wade, one of the two 1973 Supreme Court rulings that created a constitutional right to abortion. Forty-three percent of respondents indicated that they approved of the decision, while 42 percent disapproved. At the time, the Times’s poll [...]

Quodlibets: The Return of J. F. Powers

The current issue of Critic magazine (no relation) features statements by various authors on their current projects and among the welcome news is that J. F. Powers has finished an as yet untitled new novel. I sometimes fear that a generation of Catholics has grown up without even knowing of Powers. In a way, this [...]

Catholics and the Moral Majority

THE MORAL MAJORITY campaigned vigorously during the 1980 elections for conservative candidates and conservative positions on social issues, rousing vehement denunciations from some and outraged protest from politicians it helped defeat. ("They did a very thorough job of beating my brains out with Christian love," moaned ex-congressman John Buchanan.) This past September Senator Robert Packwood read aloud from a 400-page book [...]