John Hanson

When he wrote this article in 1983, John L. Hanson was living in Westminster, Maryland.

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When the Bishops Speak, Can the People Understand?

It is three months since the Pastoral Letter on War and Peace was published. Most of the tumult and shouting — and editorializing — that accompanied its preparation has died away. It is obviously premature to look now for evidence of its impact within the ranks of the Church, but — like any book — … Read more

When John Paul II Speaks, Does the Church Listen?

When the Holy Father speaks to nations, organizations, or public leaders the world seems more interested in speculating on the political implications and consequences of the encounter than in the ideas he has expressed. When he speaks primarily to the Church through his encyclicals, does the Church — either the ecclesiastical institutions or the ‘people … Read more

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