04/01/1983

The Twin Cities

The Christian dismayed by the workaday anti-Americanism of many of his more active coreligionists is often invited to consider that there is an enmity between religious faith and the world and that belief inevitably puts one on a collision course with the society in which one lives. And there is something right in this reminder. [...]

The Twin Cities

The Christian dismayed by the workaday anti-Americanism of many of his more active coreligionists is often invited to consider that there is an enmity between religious faith and the world and that belief inevitably puts one on a collision course with the society in which one lives. And there is something right in this reminder. [...]

Chaplains at campuses across the country report a renewed interest in religion among students, which suggests that the secular monopoly of the sixties may finally have ended. New Church groups are springing up at colleges, and existing organizations are swelling in membership and prestige. Says the Rev. Peter Gomes, minister of Harvard's non-denominational chapel, "No [...]

This semester I give a seminar course in the Department of Religious Studies (not to be confused with the Divinity School) at Yale University. The title of the seminar is "The Pagan Temptation", and it is useful to specify that last spring, 1982, I gave a lecture under the same title before a Yale audience [...]

Recent discussions of the American bishops' pastoral on peace and nuclear weapons have left unsaid what most bothers me about it. The document calls for a new order in the political world. Yet in the process of making its point the proposal presumes the current political initiatives bode an empty future. The rhetoric of a [...]

No doubt many people depend for their information about important issues on the media. Because they lack intelligence, inclination, or means, they must rely on second-hand facts and second-hand interpretations. From this, we gather, they make their personal decisions and they make their political statements. While Americans may rely on objectivity in the media, it [...]

The Rev. William J. Rewak is the Jesuit President of the University of Santa Clara. Rev. Rewak is also an activist in the anti-nuclear weapons movement. In the February 16, 1983 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education, Father Rewak takes a large step down the road toward attacking free speech by advocating a position [...]

One of the most brilliant and original thinkers of this century — Leszek Kolakowski — for a long time was not well known in this country, but has at last gained the recognition he deserves. Recently he was named one of the twenty recipients of the MacArthur Foundation award, and will receive a prize of [...]

A Challenge

As one whose attitudes were largely formed prior to Vatican II, I share the concern of the editors for the decline of intellectualism within the church. However, in attributing this to Vatican II I think there is a failure to distinguish between causes which uniquely determine something and factors which influence events in a number [...]

The U. S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on War and Peace has issued a second draft of a proposed Pastoral Letter on War, Armaments and Peace. The authors of this document, instead of committing our bishops to a consideration of this subject as shepherds of their flocks, have involved them instead as partisans in a [...]

In the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Catholic Church especially Augustine and Aquinas, one finds awe-inspiring efforts to reconcile the demands of disciplined faith with the dictates of reason and the practical requirements of life. Whether or not one shares their faith, contact with these efforts enlarges the capacity for moral thought [...]

Statement adopted by the plenary assembly of the Central Committee of German Catholics on 14 November 1981 in Bonn-Bad Godesberg Questions relating to the safeguarding of peace and freedom, disarmament and defense have for quite some time now played a central role in the public debate in our country. That debate is concerned with political [...]

The second draft of the bishops' pastoral letter developed a number of interesting and insightful views concerning the ethical character of the possession, threat to use and actual use of nuclear weapons.1  This document ought to be carefully studied by all because of its authority, the seriousness with which it considers the matter and the [...]

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