07/01/1983

On Nicaragua

In its recent issues, the National Catholic Reporter (May 27 and June 3) has accepted the Sandinist Nicaraguan government's view of Nicaragua and of the United States. It has done this, in part, by relying on a chronology prepared in affiliation with a Managua-based institute clearly under the censorship of the Nicaraguan government, the Instituto [...]

On Nicaragua

In its recent issues, the National Catholic Reporter (May 27 and June 3) has accepted the Sandinist Nicaraguan government's view of Nicaragua and of the United States. It has done this, in part, by relying on a chronology prepared in affiliation with a Managua-based institute clearly under the censorship of the Nicaraguan government, the Instituto [...]

Iter Italicum

In Rome I stayed at the Raphael, a fairly plush hotel that caters to Socialists, and one day Bettino Craxi, the secretary of the PSI, burst from the elevator, flashing the very smile that one sees on posters all over Rome. There is yet another election going on. I was on my way to see [...]

Having completed work on their pastoral letter on nuclear deterrence, the nation's Catholic bishops now prepare to turn their attention to the U.S. economic system. It is crucial that this system be described accurately. In particular, an appreciation of the contribution to our understanding of the American political economy by American statesmen is essential if [...]

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to our bishops for their splendid Letter and to Fr. Bryan Hehir for his brilliant analysis of the genesis and content of that Letter. The final draft strikes me as being vastly superior to the first two and serves as a fine example of what can be accomplished [...]

When the Holy Father speaks to nations, organizations, or public leaders the world seems more interested in speculating on the political implications and consequences of the encounter than in the ideas he has expressed. When he speaks primarily to the Church through his encyclicals, does the Church — either the ecclesiastical institutions or the 'people [...]

Recently, in Parade Magazine, a writer whom I admire, Larry King, described the rigors of Fatherhood at 50. It is, he concluded, both a wonder and a grind. Family life is both sublime and prosaic. Other writers as dissimilar to King as to each other, like Hannah Arendt and Graham Greene, have written of the [...]

Catholics may often have to tolerate compromise in regard even to fundamental principles. For example, in our pluralistic (and increasingly secular) society, any attempt in the foreseeable future to abolish completely divorce or even (God forgives us) abortion seems to me impractical, and Catholics may have to fight for compromises that can be justified only [...]

According to the First Amendment scholar Michael Malbin, "We all know that religion was an important part of the Founding Fathers' scheme of government. Far from wanting a purely secular nation, their aim was to channel religion, to transform it, to preserve the useful parts while putting the dangerous parts under the control of civil [...]

It was with great fanfare that the Island republic of Sri Lanka celebrated in the latter half of 1981 the fiftieth anniversary of the granting of universal adult franchise. This indeed was a unique celebration in that this tropical Island of 24,000 square miles with a population of 14.5 million lying dwarfed at the southern [...]

Your Excellencies: The world watched the Nicaragua Marxist's idea of how a Pope should conduct Mass — no cross but large murals of Marx, Lenin and other Marxist heroes; to make sure that his message could not be heard, profane the Mass by having the loudspeaker system drive out the Pope's message with "People Power" [...]

A Commencement Address by Senator Daniel Patrick Moyhnihan at Daemen College May 15, 1983 3 o'clock p.m. Kleinhans Music Hall Buffalo, NY I am going to try to complicate your lives a bit this afternoon. I propose to examine the nature of the relationship between the teaching of moral values in America in this last [...]

Statement by Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in the Security Council, in Right of Reply on the Complaint by Nicaragua, May 9, 1983 Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, I, too, should like to begin my remarks by congratulating you on your accession to the presidency of the [...]

Brazil and other Latin-American countries are mainly concerned with their own problems of economic and social development. They also worry about their political stability. However, they are but obscurely aware of the present world clash between Totalitarianism and Democracy, better known as the East-West conflict. In Brazil, for instance, few people outside the military are [...]

In the pages of Catholicism and Crisis, and in a few other iconoclastic journals of neo-liberal opinion, readers have been treated to frequent references to the writings of Jacques Maritain and Reinhold Niebuhr. Why have these two theologians, who lived and wrote in the turbulent period between 1920 and 1970, achieved such prominence? What do [...]

Three out of every four Third World countries are governed by authoritarian regimes of one sort or another. Not surprisingly, this fact leads Jeane Kirkpatrick to conclude that "no problem of American foreign policy is more urgent than that of formulating a morally and strategically acceptable, and politically realistic program for dealing with nondemocratic governments [...]

Of all the pleasures of the intellect, one of the very keenest — I admit that it's a slightly perverse sort of pleasure — is that provided by the spectacle of a first-class lawyer arguing a manifestly bad case. I am deeply grateful to Mr. Michael Novak, therefore, for the delight I took in his [...]

The Office of the District Attorney, Bratislava 1. In Bratislava, December 14, 1982 C.k.: Pv 1625/82 District Court Bratislava I Presents accusation of Helena GONDOVA, born 6/20/1949 in Hrinova, living in Bratislava, Podhorskeho ul. 6, special referent of the Technical communication center Bratislava, in detention since August 12, 1982. of Frantisek NOVAJOVSKY, born 4/22/1956 in [...]

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