12/01/1983

Pensees Parisiennes

In Paris on Armistice Day, I went to Mass at Notre Dame where the Leaders of the nation, the diplomatic corps and assorted faithful had gathered around the archbishop, Cardinal Lustiger, to offer thanks to God for the end of a war the French at least will never forget and to pray for peace. There [...]

Pensees Parisiennes

In Paris on Armistice Day, I went to Mass at Notre Dame where the Leaders of the nation, the diplomatic corps and assorted faithful had gathered around the archbishop, Cardinal Lustiger, to offer thanks to God for the end of a war the French at least will never forget and to pray for peace. There [...]

IF I WERE A STRUGGLING THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, I WOULD LOOK AROUND AND SEE HOW THE DREAM IS DOING IN OTHER THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES. THE PEOPLE OF BRAZIL, CHILE, ARGENTINA, ETC. MIGHT LONG FOR MERE INEFFICIENCIES, SHORTAGES, MEAN SALARIES, AND ENDLESS WAITING IN LINE. COULD YOU NAME ONE THIRD WORLD COUNTRY THAT HAS FOLLOWED THE [...]

Those who have been in the trenches during 14 years of the war against legal abortion tend to get irritable when newcomers want to instruct them in rhetoric and tactics. In the year or so preceding the American Bishops' pastoral on War and Peace, for example, a fair number of previously silent liberals joined the [...]

In view of the evidence of continuing controversy in Congress, the academic community, and in the structure of public opinion, it is strikingly odd that Justice Powell insists so strongly in his recent opinion for the Court in Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health that the "basic principle that a woman has a fundamental [...]

A Gathering Storm

The public school establishment in this country has been under heavy fire in the last several months. There have been nine reports from various blueribbon commissions and prestigious sources which together have painted a rather disappointing picture of public education in the United States. The case is made that the schools are promoting a "culture [...]

On October 25, U.S. military troops landed in Grenada. On October 26 — and still continuing — that action was subjected to almost instant criticism by a host of commentators. The range of criticism was wide — much wider than it was deep. Not surprisingly, the media had a word hemorrhage because they were excluded [...]

Few things give a man and his family greater dignity than to be the owners of their own home, among the most basic of human necessities. A decent home, which a family can call its own, is a dream of a lifetime. After years of striving and saving, the fulfillment of this dream gives the [...]

The tragic deaths of over two hundred Marines in Beirut and the American invasion of Grenada have sparked a lively debate over President Reagan's foreign policy. Critics of that policy have attacked Mr. Reagan's apparent enthusiasm for displaying American power and committing U.S. troops abroad. The President's decision to invade Grenada is, for them, the [...]

What punishment is in store for a person who gets the idea of proposing a ban on war toys, East and West? Or a Soviet-American program to teach peace in the schools? How many years in labor camp will someone have to serve for calling on the USSR and the USA to exchange — not [...]

TEXT OF A SERMON DELIVERED ON OCTOBER 1, 1983 AT ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, DURING A PRAYER SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE THE MORE THAN 7 MILLION UKRAINIANS STARVED TO DEATH IN 1932-33 BY A SOVIET-CREATED FAMINE. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to Jesus [...]

Frederick Pike, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame and internationally recognized authority on Latin America wrote the following for The Observer, the campus newspaper. Professor Pike was responding to a condemnation of the invasion of Grenada by the Kellogg Institute. The Kellogg Institute is a leftist, para-academic organization located at Notre Dame. [...]

REPRINT FROM WALL STREET JOURNAL, NOV. 25, 1983 A plenary session of the Catholic bishops of France recently issued a document on the issue of nuclear arms and defense, titled "Win the Peace." The vote in support of the document was 93-2. Excerpts follow: Because the survival of humanity is at stake, there is no [...]

What happens, metaphysically, I mean, when you go to church and the topic of the sermon is Central America based on Luke 4? Or, like my friend Jim Kline, you are handed at the Mission Church in Santa Clara, a Pax Christi Pledge, while you work for the real peace movement, Lockheed? How are you [...]

No Episcopal letter was written and debated by the Italian bishops, and the reason is quite simple: Unlike the American bishops, the Italian bishops are in the front line. In a country like Italy, which is probably one of the most politicized on earth, a document such as the one approved by the American bishops [...]

Paper presented at a seminar on Jacques Maritain, sponsored by the American Maritain Association, at Princeton University, October 28-29, 1983. The author of a recent popular article on Maritain argued that "it was Maritain, more than anyone else, who taught the Church to speak the language of human rights . . ." The Church did [...]

The American clergy saw that they would have to give up religious influence if they wanted to acquire political power, and they preferred to lose the support of authority rather than to share its vicissitudes. Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States, and with them their loyal followers, [...]

Pax Nobiscum

Amidst persistent fears that the U.S. Bishops' Peace Pastoral was drawn up in an atmosphere clouded with pacifist overtones, conservatives especially should not lose sight of an encouraging development that accompanied drafting of the document. From prelate to parishioner, the "Challenge of Peace" clearly sparked renewed interest in determining just what constitutes essential Catholic teaching [...]

(Notes on George F. Will's Statecraft as Soulcraft) I am of (at least) two minds about George F. Will. He writes with grace. As a former professor of political philosophy, his perceptions and opinions are grounded in an informed world view. He has a keen eye for fraud. Will is the finest of the columnist, [...]

Some scholars consider culture from the standpoint of material wealth. They look at the entire world and divide the countries up into the first, the second, and the third worlds based on the development of material goods in the various countries. Other scholars measure the amount of wealth held by various persons in first world [...]

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