Kathleen and Richard Cross
The Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, had
motto the Latin phrase: "Cur non?"
"Why not?" In this site you will find
some provocative essays on music, religion, culture, and efforts for
and peace in the
Two other mottos of my favorite friends inspire me:
1. Erasmus of
2 Franz Liszt: “Génie oblige” Genius has its obligations
or as Christ would say: “To
much is given much shall be demanded”
interests: Now that I am
retired I can
devote more of my efforts to causes dear to me:
arts: emphasis on the life and times of Franz Liszt and associates in
* issues of peace and justice with special emphasis on the Middle East Support for Israeli Peace activists
(Gush Shalom, Brit Tzedek v' Shalom, Pax Christi) "As the years passed, my revulsion against violence increased
until the movement for peace became one of the principle purposes of my life." (Bishop Paul Moore, 1997)
* care of the teminally ill as a Hospice worker
* ecumenism: among Christians and dialog with the local Muslim community
* music and the arts: emphasis on the life and times of Franz Liszt and associates during the 19th century
* church history, liturgy, reform and controversy
* "God has many sould that the visitble church does not have. The visible church has many souls
that God does not have." (Augustine)
To listen to a
our music (Put your sound on for this and click on the
following two links)
1. Kathleen sings "Danny Boy" with Richard at the piano:
Click here: Kathleen and Richard perform "Danny Boy"
2. Richard at the piano - recorded in Brittany (
Click here: An improvisation on a traditional Breton tune
My personal history, resume, family photos, and a couple of "sins of my youth":
click on: Richard's
Kathleen Stanton Cross- lyric soprano
- Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding
- Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
- Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
- Pax Christi
- The Other Israel
- Gush Shalom
- Brit Tzedek v' Shalom
- United Palestinian Appeal
- Olive Tree Foundation for Peace
- Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)
- Amnesty International
- Arab-American Anti-discriminaton Committee (ADC)
- Call to Action
- The American Liszt Society
- Hospice of Westchester (volunteer)
- Sons of the American Revolution
Bach's beloved "red-headed priest" had a revolutionary approach to
music threapy for underprivileged and
in 18th century
we forgotten how to be civil to one
a young Jewish virtuoso and protégé of Franz Liszt got
into trouble with his
master and ended his life as a Carmelite monk in a German prison camp.
Stoning the Prophets: How the Abbé Lamennais,
artists' hero in the mid-1800s made waves in the church, meriting two
encyclicals of condemnation along the way. Would he be vindicated by the Second
the faithful are denied access to the sacraments and ministry for the
sake of a
purely disciplinary and human law.
Brahms, Mendelssohn and the Schumanns
still at war
with Liszt and Wagner? I did a little survey..
A few thoughts on my life with music.
the John-Paul II's
for "amnesty" and "reconciliation" applied to his own
church or was it a lost opportunity and simply a message for others?
the Middle Ages one town in
A discussion of the plight of our
and sisters in the
have heard of it. Most have never seen it. I found one.
this all-too-soon forgotten and unhappy chapter of church history.
who's in it..
early Dutch settlers in
Which is the more appropriate posture for the
the bishop who confirmed my son dies of AIDS
was moved to reflect on the present crisis in the clergy in the light
20-year seminary experience. (This was written before the
July of 1958 Idelivered my first sermon in
the good people of Quiberon, a town at the
tip on the
Quiberon peninsula on the southern coast of
about my six years as a student at the
detailed reserach of the geographical,
ethnic and religious divisions in the
on our son's wedding to Milagros Menendez and my
See some photos of our son's marriage to Milagros and read the toast I offered at the reception.
on a Florilegium
An anthology of quotations from the over 30 books I have read on the life and times of Franz Liszt. Wonderful drawings of some of Liszt's associates by William D. Bramhall, jr. Also a letter of Liszt's in my posession (May 16, 1881).
on the thoughts of the great Hanan
This eloquent Palestinian Christian woman challenges
on Letters from the Heart
I have had over 70 letters published in the press on various topics such as the
on Love and Friendship
An anthology of quotations taken from my readings over the years on the subject of love and friendship. Some are naughty.
on God & Co. and the human condition
An anthology of quotations taken from my readings over the years on the subject of God and the human condition..
A position paper before the recent Iraq War as to why it was unjustified, unnecessary, and fraught with danger. I participated in the giant Feb. 15, 2003 demonstration in
on What America's Critics are Saying
An opinion as to why the rest of the world is dubious about our foreign policy goals.
on The Party of Lincoln Hijacked
Read about my patriotic credentials dating back before the American Revolution and see why I feel the Republican Party has been captured by a neo-conservative cabal that has betrayed our republic and the spirit of our Founding Fathers with their imperial agenda.
The recent anti-French sentiment calls for an historical overview together with my own observations on the "gratitude" that is called into question. Is this the real issue at the heart of the matter or is there not something else that deserves our consideration? Photographic evidence bears out my experience and opinion in this matter.
on Rachel Corrie
How did a young American college student end up killed by the Isareli army using an American-made bulldozer in
on a Love Letter from the Grave
Among my collection of old letters there is one moving 1869 letter (see a photo) that still has the violets that Will pinned to his letter written at a gravesite to his beloved
on recollections of the controversial
encyclical "Humanae Vitae"
Read the 1958 statement that 18 priests of the Diocese of Saginaw, including myself, signed and sent to our local paper concerning this encyclical on birth control. It got us into real hot water with our bishop and became an eventual milestone in my life.
A musician revisits
War beyond Dollars
version and French translation)
In response to an article in The Journal News about the effects of war on some veterans I sent in this commentary- also translated into French
There are some serious reasons why I do not want to view Mel Gibson's film "The Passion."
My memorable experience as a Hospice
With the permission of the patient's family our local Hospice asked me to write about my ten and a half months working with Bill. This narrative was published in the Fall 2005 Hospice Newsletter.
Ravel and Me
My early experiences exploring the life and works of Maurice Ravel. Visits to his home and gravesite. Photos. An unsettling experience while attempting to purchase a portrait of the composer.
back to Guadeloupe
Some extremists bishops diminish their credibility with their mypoic focus on abortion.
To acquire our new CD. click on: a description
1. For a moderate and scholarly Christian Arab assessment
of the present crisis in the
2. For an Israeli women's Peace Movement which works with Palestinian women for justice and peace and other interesting Israeli sites consult the following:
3. For many interesting sites about religion, theology, and culture:
Christus Rex: (excellent sites)