Dodging Isabel

CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter

September 23, 2003


Dear Friend,

First of all, thank you for your prayers during the hurricane last
week. Happily, we were spared the worst of Isabel's wrath -- we
didn't have power or water for a couple of days, but now it's mostly
just a matter of yard clean-up. There are hundreds of thousands more
in Virginia and North Carolina still struggling after the storm,
though, so please remember them in your prayers.

I also mentioned last week that we were having our annual
fundraising dinner for the magazine on Friday night. I want to tell
you how it went, and also give you a brief CRISIS status report as

First, the dinner. The annual CRISIS Partnership Dinner is really
important to the magazine, as it's the biggest event of the year for
us (where we raise a large portion of our funds). Needless to say, we
were really worried that Isabel would put a damper on things... or
worse, force us to call it off entirely, which would have been

But in spite of Isabel's best attempts to deter us, Friday night's
event was our largest and most successful dinner to date. We were
fortunate to have with us Archbishop John Myers of Newark, Father
Richard John Neuhaus of First Things, Alabama Attorney General Bill
Pryor (one of the Catholic judicial nominees Democrats are trying to
block), CNN commentator Robert Novak, recent convert and popular
radio hostess Laura Ingraham, and 350 other friends and supporters.
Everyone enjoyed great company, delicious food, and some really good
after-dinner cigars.

The highlight of the evening, however, was presenting Princeton
professor Robert P. George with the CRISIS Partnership Award,
recognizing his service to God and country. George has always been an
unflinching defender of the Truth, taking on all comers with his
devastating intelligence and easy-going manner. It's a lethal
combination that has made him a real powerhouse, and he's done an
amazing service to the Church. (You can read all about George at:

The dinner was also a good opportunity for us to take stock of the
success of the magazine over the past year. This month, circulation
of the print magazine is the highest it has been in our history, and
readers of this e-letter have grown from about 5,000 to well over
26,000 in a single year.

I'm particularly excited by the influence of the magazine in the
secular media. Articles in CRISIS are referenced time and again in
major newspapers like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston
Globe, and I've appeared on TV news shows from CNN to Fox News to
MSNBC to discuss various topics affecting the Church. CRISIS is
helping to bring the Catholic voice into the mainstream culture where
it's so desperately needed.

You'll have to forgive me if I brag a little -- as the publisher of
CRISIS, I couldn't be more pleased with its direction and impact.
(And I'm also from Texas.)

But most importantly, I know these accomplishments are due to you
and all our other faithful friends who help support us every step of
the way. You really are the secret to our success. Without you -- and
the continued blessings of Our Lord -- we simply wouldn't be anywhere
near where we are. I sincerely hope that you'll continue to send us
your input and ideas -- both for the magazine and for this e-letter.

And, of course, I truly hope you'll be able to join us for our ninth
annual partnership dinner next year! We'd love for you to help make
it an even bigger success.

I have to keep this short today, since I'm traveling. But before I
sign off, I want to let you know that in the next few days I'll be
sending you a special report on General Wesley Clark, the newest
Democratic presidential candidate. He's already on top in the polls
and (surprise!) he's another pro-abortion "Catholic."

We'll give you the complete run down in our special e-report. You
won't want to miss it.

Until then,


P.S. The October issue of CRISIS is going in the mail today, so you
should have it around the end of the week. This is a great issue. Not
only does it have the first installment of our expose' of the Bishops
Conference, but it also has an exclusive article by Frank Keating,
explaining why he resigned from the bishops' Review Board. I can tell
you this... there are some people who are NOT going to like what he
has to say.

Oh, and there's also a fabulous article by Dr. Tom Madden on the
real history of the Spanish Inquisition. You may remember his
masterful feature on the Crusades last year (it was one of our most
popular articles). Well, this is his follow-up. It's the perfect
piece to send to someone who tries to use the Inquisition to attack
the Catholic Church.


Sex abuse scandals... irreverent liturgies... homosexuality in the
seminaries... liberal theology preached from the pulpit...

You know all about the crisis in the Church. But you've never heard
the full story. When did the collapse in the Church occur... and what
REALLY caused it?

Fr. Benedict Groeschel knows. He was there when it happened... 10
years BEFORE Vatican II.

What he saw will surprise you.

Click here to learn more:

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