02/01/1983

The Lay of the Land

This issue together with the previous two should give the reader a sense of what we are trying to do in Catholicism in Crisis. It is both difficult and all too easy to say what you are going to do before you do it. This journal had its origin in a sense of a crisis [...]

The Lay of the Land

This issue together with the previous two should give the reader a sense of what we are trying to do in Catholicism in Crisis. It is both difficult and all too easy to say what you are going to do before you do it. This journal had its origin in a sense of a crisis [...]

Book Review of  Policy Statements of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1966-80, by J. Brian Benestad (Available only from Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., 1982, 206 pages). During the past fifteen years or so, the Catholic bishops of the United States, for reasons best known to themselves, have been writing a political platform. Except for its [...]

A non-Catholic sees the Bernadin Committee increasing the danger it seeks to lessen. In November 1982 the National Conference of Catholic Bishops received and discussed the report of its Ad Hoc Committee on War and Peace, which had worked for over one year under the chairmanship of Archbishop Bernadin of Chicago. The Conference is to [...]

Do the bishops adequately understand how our political leaders achieve that status? I write these words as an individual Catholic citizen, representing no other person or thing. These are not words about throw weights, targeting strategies, first strike capacity, or any such matters. Rather, they are words about the limits of competence of those who [...]

The Case of John Knasas is symptomatic of the real threat to academic freedom (and religious orthodoxy) in our seminaries and colleges. It is often said that academic freedom in American colleges, universities and seminaries is threatened if a bishop has the right to judge whether those who claim to be teaching Catholic doctrine are [...]

The suggestion that models for the Christian are to be found in far-off "martyrs" may exhibit confusion both about martyrdom and about how most Christians live. I have been thinking a lot lately about martyrdom. In part, this is because one reads about martyrdom with increasing frequency in the Catholic media. Archbishop Romero usually is [...]

What is the role of the United Nations with regard to human rights? And what should it be? How important is the protection of human rights and human freedom to this institution? These questions were raised in several United Nations arenas last week. They were raised once when the United States noted that the proposed [...]

What I desiderate in Catholics is the gift of bringing out what their religion is; it is one of those "better gifts," of which the Apostle bids you be "zealous." You must not hide your talent in a napkin, or your light under a bushel. I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, [...]

Vienna, 15 January 1983 This statement grew out of two days discussion 13-15 January in Vienna's Intercontinental Hotel which involved the eleven religious leaders as well as six scientists, coming together at the invitation of Cardinal Koenig and Father Hesburgh. The six scientists, who were present to explain the document agreed to in Rome last [...]

Professor Robert Hickson of Christendom College nourishes an insight which is especially profound. He discussed it at some length about a year ago in an issue of the lively Catholic loyalist newsletter, Common Faith (January, 1982), published monthly by Christendom Press. Hickson, who was a U.S. Army officer during the Vietnam conflict, reflected on the [...]

Dear Archbishop Bernadin: As Catholic members of the United States Congress, we feel a profound responsibility for the direction of our nation's defense policy. As laymen, we are responsible for the concrete application of moral principles, and we are grateful for the spiritual guidance provided by our common faith. Naturally, then, we have a unique [...]

In a time when 'experts' are consulted for all sorts of decisions, it is not surprising that even the American Bishops would feel the necessity to rely on their own team of experts to alleviate their workload and to seek counsel in assuming their responsibilities. For this reason the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and [...]

Christmas in Nicaragua

An internal Sandinista communique on the possible eradication of Christmas was the Roman Catholic Church's first taste of the kind of government they had helped place in power. Issued December 1979, the communique ultimately decided that if Christmas still existed in the Soviet Union after 62 years of revolution, then they would be "petty bourgeois [...]

It would be wrong to assume, after the Polish example, that Catholics of neighboring satellite countries would likewise rebel now as a cohesive religious front. Cardinal Mindszenty was as much, or more a Catholic symbol and charismatic personality in Hungary than Karol Wojtyla in Poland, yet the nation's resistance in 1956 did not crystallize around [...]

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