May 21, 2011
Blame the flower children. That seems to be the chief conclusion of a new report about the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal. The study, undertaken by John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the request of America's Catholic bishops, links the spike in child abuse by priests in the 1960s and '70s to "the importance given to young people and popular culture" — along with the emergence of the feminist movement, a "singles culture" and a...
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October 3, 2013 |
In his church office, pastor Chuck Smith kept a crown made of thorns and a jar full of candy. The thorns were from the Holy Land. The candy was for his grandkids. The image suggested his special appeal as a preacher: A harsh, old-school Christianity delivered with grandfatherly sweetness. Smith, the founder of the Jesus People and the Calvary Chapel movement, and one of the most influential figures in modern American Christianity, died Thursday morning at his home in Newport Beach after a two-year battle with lung cancer, church officials said.
April 4, 2004 |
In an address to the Pontifical Biblical Commission in April 1993, Pope John Paul II acquitted Galileo for his heretical conclusion 360 years earlier that the Earth orbits the sun, explaining that "the theologian must keep informed about the results achieved by the natural sciences."
April 21, 1989 |
Poets, as few others, must live close to the world that primitive men are in: the world in its nakedness, which is fundamental for all of us--birth, love, death, the sheer fact of being alive. --Gary Snyder Gary Snyder is tolerant of many things--but cities are not one of them. "I think New York should be leveled and made into a buffalo pasture," he once told the Village Voice. This week, however, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet will make his way down from his remote home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada to the outer limits of Los Angeles (Langley Hall at CalArts in Valencia)
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February 2, 2006 |
Stew Albert, a co-founder of the Youth International Party, the mischievous countercultural organization whose members were known as the Yippies, died of liver cancer Monday in Portland, Ore. He was 66. A Brooklyn native who wound up in Berkeley in the mad '60s, Albert helped launch the Yippies in 1967 with Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner and others. The group was best known for its highly theatrical pranks, such as running a pig for president in 1968.
May 3, 1989 |
Adorned with African masks, preserved rattlesnake hides, totem poles, gargoyles and wood-carved monkeys--not a framed certificate in sight--the law office of J. Tony Serra looks more like an occult curio shop. Likewise, the man himself--with his gold-capped front tooth, steel-gray hair flowing past his shoulders and super-wide tie from a previous decade--has a distinctly unlawyerly presence, which is just fine with him. "I don't chum with lawyers. Most lawyers I don't respect.
January 20, 1995 |
They're not Harleys. And that suits enthusiasts like Brea Olinda High junior Ryan Parker who, as he says, "wouldn't get caught riding one of those things." A member of the latest generation of Vespa and Lambretta scooter riders, the 17-year-old favors the style of the Italian-made motorbikes. The Piaggio-designed Vespa hit the streets in 1936, with a pressed, one-piece metal frame hailed as a technical breakthrough at the time.
March 31, 1994 |
From its humble beginnings as a cozily cluttered counterculture bookstore in the 1960s to its more yuppified reincarnation in the 1990s, Fahrenheit 451 Books has been as much a part of Laguna Beach as art galleries and volleyball.
January 28, 1996 |
Pat Buchanan and Abbie Hoffman are both right. The two radicals would concur that it isn't just politics: At the heart of political conflict in mid-'90s America is a wide cultural chasm. At the 1992 Republican convention, Buchanan conjured up "a cultural war . . . a war for the soul of America." Twenty-five years earlier, Hoffman wrote optimistically of a "Woodstock Nation," a new culture affirming community and freedom. Thus far, we've heard only one side in today's culture debate.
December 28, 2005 |
IN its search for fresh, edgy attitude that will resonate with Generation iPod, Chevy has turned, inevitably, to the Truman administration. The styling of the HHR -- it stands for "Heritage High Roof" -- is inspired, so they tell me, by the 1949 Chevy Suburban. One must be particular in these matters, since Plymouth and Dodge built Suburbans in those years too.