11/01/1982

The Present Crisis

THOSE OF US who planned this new journal did so under the working title Catholicism in Crisis. We did so with the example of Reinhold Niebuhr vividly in mind, who on February 10, 1941, under analogous circumstances, finding existing periodicals inhospitable, launched Christianity and Crisis. There were many crises in 1941, Niebuhr wrote, but only one the crisis the intention [...]

The Present Crisis

THOSE OF US who planned this new journal did so under the working title Catholicism in Crisis. We did so with the example of Reinhold Niebuhr vividly in mind, who on February 10, 1941, under analogous circumstances, finding existing periodicals inhospitable, launched Christianity and Crisis. There were many crises in 1941, Niebuhr wrote, but only one the crisis the intention [...]

Distinguo

ALTHOUGH THE FATHERS of Vatican II, particularly in the Constitution on the Laity, spoke of an enlarged role for lay people in the areas where they have special competence, the post-conciliar scene has involved an odd crisscrossing. Not a few clergy have moved into the world, assuming the tasks (and clothing) usually associated with the laity, while some lay people look [...]

THE EFFORT BY the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to go into stragtegic specifics on questions of nuclear war may have consequences are different from those the bishops intend. It is not always those who cry "Peace, peace!" who actually bring peace. The opposite has frequently been the case. The second draft of the statement prepared by the bishops (October 1982) [...]

IT IS SAID that Pope John Paul II once declared that if St. Paul were around today, he'd be on NBC. We might add, if he was lucky. The tremendous confusion regarding the position of the Holy See on nuclear weapons is no doubt exacerbated by the American press' determination of what is "news." Clearly, a person of stature calling [...]

DIOCESAN NEWSPAPERS call attention to seminary closings. Sociologists predict a critical shortage of priests by the turn of the century. Is the remedy the ordination of lay deacons, the commissioning of additional Euchanstic ministers? Why the scarcity of vocations? Are fewer capable of the life of self-sacrifice normally associated with the priesthood? Collectively, have we done something to the notion of the [...]

Theological Politics

WHEN CLERGYYMEN and other professional religious people move into the vigorous debates of American politics — as, in fact, they are doing more and more — they bring with them the concepts and terminology of theology. To the religious-minded this transference might appear unobjectionable, but I contend that religious concepts are likely to do more harm than good to our political [...]

THE MORAL MAJORITY campaigned vigorously during the 1980 elections for conservative candidates and conservative positions on social issues, rousing vehement denunciations from some and outraged protest from politicians it helped defeat. ("They did a very thorough job of beating my brains out with Christian love," moaned ex-congressman John Buchanan.) This past September Senator Robert Packwood read aloud from a 400-page book [...]

ABOUT CATHOLICS and the Peace movement there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Catholics are a noticeable presence in the Peace Movement. They are no longer on the fringe or regarded as ininpical and exotic converts to the cause. The bad news is that they have adopted, or discovered for themselves, some of the worst faults [...]

The Bishops’ Role

The debate around the Catholic Bishops' forthcoming pastoral letter on war and peace has tended to focus either on questions of normative moral theology (e.g. if the bishops reject deterrence in the absolute but "tolerate" it in the present, is the door open to similar "toleration" of, say, abortion?), or on political judgments about particular strategic military options. The more fundamental ecclesiological [...]

TTHE UPCOMING REVISION of canon law includes a number of controversial canons on education. American Catholic educators have been especially critical of Canon 767: "In every kind of institution in higher studies those who teach theological disciplines should have a mandate from the competent theological authority." Exactly what the canon does is a matter of some dispute, but it is clear [...]

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