Kenneth L. Woodward

The Sins Of The Fathers...

Three months ago, Father Tom met a group of 10-year-olds at a hospital in Rhode Island where he was visiting Roman Catholic patients. "Hi, fellas," he said, "how're you doing?" Suddenly, the mother of one of the boys rushed up and grabbed her child. "He's a priest," she warned. "Don't talk to him." Father Tom (who didn't want to be identified) has been ordained for 28 years and has never been closer to clerical abuse than the stories he reads in newspapers.

The Latter-Day Secret Sharer

One of the key doctrines that distinguish Mormonism from all other religions is its belief that only married couples can attain the highest reaches of heaven.

The Sound Of Empty Barrels

Leaders of the religious right have put the nation on notice. They are, they claim, determined to dominate the nation's 16,000 public-school boards and breathe the spirit of God back into the classroom.

Children Of The Apocalypse

In the end, not many cared much about what happened to David Koresh or those adult devotees who shared his fiery apocalypse. The cry that welled up in the nation's throat, from the president, from the FBI, was this: pity the innocent children!

We Are Witnesses

The first thing that strikes you on entering the new United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which President Bill Clinton is expected to dedicate this week, is how hard it is to see out from the inside.

Cultic America: A Tower Of Babel

Waco is a wake-up call. If the cult watchers are to be believed, there are thousands of groups out there poised to snatch your body, control your mind, corrupt your soul.

Onward Muscular Christians!

Colorado Springs has always been a conservative town. It is home to the Air Force Academy and to NORAD, the nerve center of the U.S. nuclear arsenal hidden away under nearby Cheyenne Mountain.

A Search For Limits

There are 1.5 million induced abortions every year. That's to be done with the remains? Bury them in a landfill or donate them to medical research, where organs and tissues may produce some good for others?

A Philosopher's Death Wish

The Passion of Michel Foucault. By James Miller. 491 pages. Simon & Schuster. $27.50. In 1983, Michel Foucault was immersed in the life of Saint Anthony, the early Christian desert hermit whose regimen of rigorous self-denial had so moved the youthful Augustine that he gave up his lusting ways and converted to Christianity.

From Rome, Glittering Prizes

... Henceforward my heart shall be dedicated to you alone, with a strong desire that my body could also thus be dedicated ... --HENRY VIII, King of EnglandIn what is perhaps the most extensive interlibrary loan on record, the Vatican has sent 200 of its choicest maps, illuminated manuscripts, rare books and fine prints to Washington for "Rome Reborn," an exhibit at the Library of Congress through April 30.

Iisus Khristos Loves You

For at least two fifth-grade girls at Moscow's School No. 443, the foreign film they were watching was just too scary. It was a movie of the life of Jesus, produced by American evangelists, and when the Crucifixion scene began, the two 11-year-olds fled the school auditorium, then crept back to find out how the violent scene had ended. "He dies and then they bury him," explained their braver friend, Olya, "and then three days later he comes back to life." That millions of Russian children do...

Losing Our Moral Umbrella

As the recent presidential election has demonstrated, Americans reject a politics of exclusion-especially on grounds of religion. That's why, when Mississippi Gov.

New Rules for an Old Faith

The last time the Vatican issued a catechism for use by the entire church, it was 1566 and Rome's aim was to restate the Roman Catholic faith against the doctrinal dissonance created by the Protestant Reformation.

Putting Women at the Altar

The most riveting show on British television last week was, of all things, a live, one-hour religious broadcast from inside the Church of England's debating hall.

A Voice in the Whirlwind

Twice weekly from the high altar of The New York Times's traditionally liberal op-ed page, conservative pundit William Safire delivers his contrarian views on the vagaries of Washington politics.

THE NEW CLASS WARRIORS

How can a journalist closeted 10 floors above Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan say anything useful about the cultural elite? After all, the weatherman doesn't report the size and drift of a hurricane from inside the eye of the storm.

These Souls Were Made For Shrinking

Patty Hawkins had been crying for three weeks straight after the death of her father, but as a devout Pentecostal, she would not consider psychotherapy. Only after she heard about LifeCare, a "Christian psychotherapy" center in Ft, Worth, Texas, did she agree to go and unburden the secret that was tearing her up: her father had sexually abused her when she was 4. "God is the most important thing in my life," says Hawkins, 46, "and I wanted to make sure he is the most important thing to whomever...

A Fortress Around Her Heart

The scene: the ninth-century Church of St. Andrew's in rural Wiltshire, England. The costumes: for the bride, an ivory satin dress decorated with glass beads and gold thread in Baroque arabesques; for the groom, a classic black tail coat with flamboyant striped waistcoat over tight pants.

Careful, He Might Hear You

She says: ". . . I can't stand the confines of this marriage." He says: "Oh, Squidgy, I love you, love you, love you." More than 100,000 eavesdroppers paid a premium last week to listen to a taped phone conversation that Britain's tabloids insist is between Princess Di and a suitor named "James." According to the tabs, the recorded conversation took place New Year's Eve, 1989, from a mobile phone.If Squidgy is Di, who is James?

Better Than A Gold Watch

In his new novel, "Wages of Sin," priest-author Andrew Greeley suggests a new interpretation for the old Roman Catholic idea of baptism of desire. At one point in the plot, his heroine slips off her robe, dives naked into a pool and pulls off her startled lover's swimming trunks. "You set me on fire," she breathes between passionate kisses, and sure enough, they make love right there in the water.

Death In A Storage Locker

Lasting success had always eluded Arthur Seale. He had been a policeman, a security officer for Exxon in New Jersey and a furniture-store owner in Hilton Head, S.C.

A Little Bit Of Magic

At only 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and 20 inches in height, he isn't NBA material yet. But Earvin Johnson III, born last week in Los Angeles to Cookie and Magic Johnson, has already notched a major victory.

Sympathy For The Devil's Foes

If the Roman Catholic Church provided priests with hazardous-duty pay, those who do exorcisms would be the first to qualify. The hours are long, the work is highly stressful and-to shield themselves from cranks and the virus of vainglory--exorcists must remain anonymous.

A Coming-Out Party In Rome

At a televised ceremony in St. Peter's Square this Sunday, Pope John Paul II will beatify Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who became a holy nun. But who will notice?

Doth My Redeemer Live?

Like other Orthodox Jews, members of the Lubavitcher Hasidim pray daily for the Messiah to come. But they do so with a difference. According to their 250-year-old tradition, there is in each generation at least one righteous Jew who is worthy of being the Messiah.

The T Stands For Troubled

In his white pants and dark blue blazer, religious broadcaster Paul Crouch always looks on camera as if he had just stepped off a yacht. He is, in fact, an expert navigator in the perilous seas of televangelism.

A Questionable Saint

To his followers, his life was shaped by God, his every pronouncement a source of divinely revealed instruction. To his critics, he was a proud, ill-tempered spiritual elitist who privately sneered at popes and encouraged a posthumous cult to himself.

Talking To God

For More And More Americans, Worship Services Are No Longer Enough. They Want The Intimate Contact Of Personal Prayer.

New Vita For An Old Lingua

In its role as patron of Lingua Latina, the Vatican will soon publish a new dictionary of the old Roman tongue, its first in nearly 30 years, dedicated to the proposition that Omnia dici possunt Latine--everything can be said in Latin.

The Life Of A Great Teacher

In the late spring of 1957, students in Frank O'Malley's senior English class at Notre Dame turned in their final exams and started to leave. But the professor motioned them back to their seats for a final comment, as he always did.

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