01/01/1983

Bellocose

It may be taken as a proof of Original Sin that the chosen continue to hanker for the fleshpots of Egypt. Purgatory is made easier for me by the realization that I did not live long enough to witness Lords Spiritual confuse their function, I will not say with that of Lords Temporal -- things [...]

Bellocose

It may be taken as a proof of Original Sin that the chosen continue to hanker for the fleshpots of Egypt. Purgatory is made easier for me by the realization that I did not live long enough to witness Lords Spiritual confuse their function, I will not say with that of Lords Temporal -- things [...]

Each morning, as I stroll to my office, I come within sight of two noted Washington landmarks. To my right, close at hand, is the dome of the Capitol. To my left, a few miles away, is the complementary dome of the National Shrine. As we all know, that Shrine is consecrated to the Immaculate [...]

Violeta de Chamorro is a Nicaraguan woman who knows what it is to struggle and suffer for an ideal. As the wife of the former editor of the newspaper La Prensa, Pedro Joaquin Chamorro, who was an outstanding champion of civil liberties in his country and the staunchest critic of the Somoza dictatorship, she endured [...]

In 1968, at midpoint in the Nuclear Age, Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae, reiterating the Church's historic opposition to contraceptives. One is frequently reminded that some who rose up in wrath against the encyclical, now embrace to the letter mere drafts of a proposed pastoral on war and peace from the bishops of [...]

A full page statement published as a High Holy Day Message of the distinguished Jewish Theological Seminary of America appeared in the September 23, 1982 issue of the New York Times. It read, in part as follows: Two men are crossing a desert. They are three days from the nearest water hole. One of the [...]

…there is what I would call the phenomenon of rhetoric. In an area already tense and fraught with unavoidable dangers, there is no place for exaggerated speech or threatening stances. —John Paul II The Papal statement to the United Nations' Second Special Session on disarmament warns against the abuse of language. Clearly, in such serious [...]

Not long ago I heard a sincere Seventh Day Adventist quoting the New Testament to prove that Christ always worshipped on the Sabbath; that he told his followers without qualification to worship on the Sabbath; and that the massive Christian tradition of worshipping on Sunday is a grave disobedience. Christian believers of many stripes find [...]

Madness Abounding

Therefore, government authorities and those who share public responsibility have the duty to protect the welfare of the people entrusted to their care and to conduct such grave matters soberly. To this reasonable conclusion, drawn from the tradition of just war thinking, I should only like to add — "and may all discuss such grave [...]

The lack of any challenge to the constitutionality of the recent popular referenda on the nuclear arms question is astonishing. Even though the referenda were advisory, there is some doubt whether states and local governments may legally place their power and influence behind any effort impinging upon the national government's power of external sovereignty. The [...]

"Justice demands that those who do not make war not have war made upon them." This is a central teaching of the Catholic Church that is repeated emphatically in the second draft of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' pastoral letter on peace and war. Just war doctrine demands discrimination in battle and both the [...]

Reversing itself on past procedures, the United States Catholic conference has ruled out a broad consultation with its own church members and has chosen rather to campaign in the media for the passage of the draft document on war and peace which it recently set before the American Catholic bishops. Making the entire document available [...]

In their 1968 pastoral letter "Human Life in Our Day," the American bishops reiterated the teaching of the Second Vatican Council that it is a crime against God and man to use weapons that indiscriminately destroy whole cities or vast areas and their inhabitants. This statement was reaffirmed in January 1976 by Archbishop Peter Gerety [...]

Nor could Mrs. Thatcher forget, she said, the Berlin Wall (of which her first sight last month so powerfully impressed her.) It was "a grim monument to a cruel and desolate creed, concrete evidence that the Communists know that when people are free to choose, they choose to be free. —The Times, London, Nov. 16, [...]

Dear Archbishop Bernardin: I appreciate being sent a copy of the second draft of the pastoral letter on war and peace, which the bishops will be debating at their meeting next week. Having read through the new document carefully, I wanted to share some thoughts with you and the other members of the NCCB Ad [...]

Christian Pacifists

The recent controversial pastoral letter of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops repudiates wholesale the policy of nuclear deterrence which has provided the world with thirty-seven years of nuclear peace. As a member of the pacifist Pax Christi, which includes 29 Catholic bishops, Northwest Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen has risen to the vanguard of the Catholic [...]

A pre-publication review of Theological Cautions — A Doctrinal Analysis of the Church in France and Elsewhere by Father Paul Toinet, translated from the French by Father Michael J. Wrenn, Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1982, $10.00. Since much is required of those to whom much is given, the French understand that the world must [...]

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