From the August 25, 2003 issue: The controversy over Mel Gibson's forthcoming movie on the death of Jesus Christ.Aug 25, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 47 • By MICHAEL NOVAK
THE NICENE CREED, recited by the world's more than two billion Christians every Sunday, declares that Jesus Christ "suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried."
More than anything else, these ten words are the theme of "The Passion," Mel Gibson's new movie.
Big media has been avoiding the new Democratic religion test, but the blogosphere has answered the bell.12:00 AM, Aug 7, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
CHARLES CHAPUT, the Archbishop of Denver, issued a stinging rebuke to Catholic senator Richard Durbin and concluded that "a new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic," and the national news media barely took note. A single Washington Times story cited Chaput's column on the William Pryor nomination, and the sole mention in the Washington Post was contained in a letter to the editor from C.
From the August 5, 2003 Dallas Morning News: Are Catholic judicial nominees automatically suspect now?12:00 AM, Aug 6, 2003 • By TERRY EASTLAND
WILLIAM PRYOR isn't going to become a federal judge. Not this year, not next.
Pryor is a nominee for the appeals court that encompasses his native Alabama, Florida and Georgia. But he has become the third Bush nominee to hit the hard wall of a Democratic filibuster. Under Senate rules, you need 60 votes to end debate and allow an up-or-down vote. That means a determined minority can prevail, and in Pryor's case, 44 Democrats joined to block his path last week.
Two hundred years after the Framers renounced them, Senate Democrats have reinvented the Test Act.12:00 AM, Aug 5, 2003 • By HUGH HEWITT
THE ARCHBISHOP OF DENVER, Charles Chaput, has rebuked the Senate Democrats who have blocked the nomination of Alabama attorney general William Pryor in stark terms: "[A] new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic." Chaput's entire statement on the matter deserves to be read widely and quoted alongside every ringing denial of anti-Catholic bias issued by Patrick Leahy and other bigots caught in the act of denying federa
From the August 4 / August 11, 2003 issue: Rereading Robert Lowell.Aug 4, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 45 • By J. BOTTUM
by Robert Lowell
The Gospel according to Elaine Pagels.Aug 4, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 45 • By GARY A. ANDERSON
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
by Elaine Pagels
The genesis of the King James Bible.Jul 7, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 42 • By ALAN JACOBS
The Making of the King James Bible
by Adam Nicolson
D.G. Hart on American Protestantism.Jun 30, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 41 • By ROBERT W. PATTERSON
That Old-Time Religion in Modern America
Evangelical Protestantism in the Twentieth Century
by D.G. Hart
Ivan R. Dee, 247 pp., $24.95
The Lost Soul Of American Protestantism
by D.G. Hart
Philip Jenkins chronicles the last acceptable prejudice.Jun 23, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 40 • By JUSTIN TORRES
The New Anti-Catholicism
The Last Acceptable Prejudice
by Philip Jenkins
A Weekly Standard Exclusive: The Senate minority leader is ordered to stop calling himself a Catholic.12:00 PM, Apr 17, 2003 • By J. BOTTUM
TOM DASCHLE may no longer call himself a Catholic. The Senate minority leader and the highest ranking Democrat in Washington has been sent a letter by his home diocese of Sioux Falls, sources in South Dakota have told The Weekly Standard, directing him to remove from his congressional biography and campaign documents all references to his standing as a member of the Catholic Church.
This isn't exactly excommunication--which is unnecessary, in any case, since Daschle made himself ineligible for communion almost 20 years ago with his divorce and remarriage to a Washington lobbyist.
Look at what the coalition forces have just accomplished.Apr 21, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 31 • By J. BOTTUM
THERE'S A HUNGER in the world of public intellectuals and chattering commentators--among everyone from Unitarian peace activists to hawkish Catholic neoconservatives--for just-war theory to work like a gumball machine: You pay your money, and you get your answer.
Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete on reason, money, sex, and God.Mar 10, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 25 • By JOHN ZMIRAK
God at the Ritz
Attraction to Infinity
by Lorenzo Albacete
Crossroad, 192 pp., $19.95
MAYBE YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF HIM, since he spends most of his considerable talent reaching out to liberals, but Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete is a unique figure in American Catholicism. A big, jowly smoker, a trained physicist and moral theologian, Monty Python aficionado and confidante of Cardinal Ratzinger, Albacete comes across in person and print like Erasmus of Rotterdam, as revised by Rabelais.
Daniel Goldhagen slanders the Catholic Church.Feb 10, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 21 • By DAVID G. DALIN
A Moral Reckoning
The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair
by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Knopf, 362 pp., $25
IN ITS JANUARY 21, 2002, ISSUE, the New Republic devoted twenty-four pages to Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's "What Would Jesus Have Done?"--one of the most virulent attacks against the Roman Catholic Church ever printed in a major American publication.
Can Republicans learn to love the National Endowment for the Arts?Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By
GOP LOVES NEA?
On November 14, after a delay of nearly nine months, the Senate confirmed the appointment of David Gelernter to serve on the National Council on the Arts. A painter, writer, and computer-science professor at Yale (to say nothing of his being a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard), Gelernter brings important gifts to the council, which acts as the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Arts.
President Bush's first chairman of the NEA, Michael Hammond, died suddenly on January 29, six days after taking office.
Alan Furst masters the spy story.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By WOODY WEST
Blood of Victory
by Alan Furst
Random House, 237 pp., $24.95
IT CAN BE A PLEASING HAPPENSTANCE how one becomes acquainted with an author--a book review, an appealing title perhaps, but more often word-of-mouth recommendation. Until a few months ago, I had not heard of Alan Furst. Then within a matter of days, two friends were astounded to hear this. To remedy what apparently was a lamentable oversight, I quickly got a copy of the first novel in his famous series, "Night Soldiers "(1988), and was dazzled.