06/01/1983

It is coming onto a year since we first began to talk of founding Catholicism in Crisis. The thought originated with Michael Novak, he circulated it among a number of people, and quite early on we began to explore the possibility of a dual base for the journal. On the one hand, the Washington-New York [...]

It is coming onto a year since we first began to talk of founding Catholicism in Crisis. The thought originated with Michael Novak, he circulated it among a number of people, and quite early on we began to explore the possibility of a dual base for the journal. On the one hand, the Washington-New York [...]

Crisis in Chile

On May 11, civil disturbances all over Chile evoked "the worst crisis atmosphere in ten years." A full-fledged general strike did not materialize, but work-stoppages, school absences, tooting horns, and a sustained clanging of pots and pans in many streets awakened ominous memories of the Allende years. At least two persons died at police hands. [...]

For an American performance of civil disobedience, characters, setting, plot and action have become conventional, even traditional. First appears the large group of morally offended citizens, milling around near the object of their protest. In the next scene the police must inform the protestors that although their cause might be just they cannot be allowed [...]

The Pacifists who would justify their position from a religious point of view can only do so by distorting the divine message of the gospel: 'My peace I give you, my peace I leave to you, not as the world gives it do I give it to you", said Jesus (John 14:27), and also: "I [...]

"Moral values are not verified by abstract knowledge: they are authenticated in our lives — by our withstanding and being true in the situations that confront us." Maurice Friedman There are basically only two guides to ethical decision- making: an external source, generally termed authority, but specifically manifested as social mores, public opinion, moral suasion, [...]

In November 1982, Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee issued a report submitted to him by a Task Force he had established to examine the role of women in the Church in Southeast Wisconsin. The Task Force, composed of sisters, priests, and laypeople, reported on "Listening Sessions," held throughout the diocese, and on their own opinions [...]

The charge— and such it is — resounded for years in the debate over abortion. Now it has an antique ring to it. Jerry Falwell and the evangelical Protestants have seen to that. But abortion as a Catholic issue has arisen afresh, with a new twist. The charge nowadays is that abortion has been able [...]

The meeting of the heads of States or Governments of the Non-Aligned Movement that was concluded in the second week of March in New Delhi, India was one more in the three-yearly summit meetings that take place in some part of the third world. The Movement has come a long way since 1961 when 25 [...]

Vietnam left US foreign policy in a shambles. The most benign interpretation of foreign policy since then would see it as a groping towards the reincorporation of ideological and idealistic components, and the replacement of our role as global policeman by a more multipolar, pluralistic world vision. Yet even on this account, three major problems [...]

Although many people have awakened to the fact that the Sandinista's revolutionary government have been mistreating religious leaders in Nicaragua, much of the attention has been focused on the conflict between the state and the Catholic Church, with only scant attention given to the grave events affecting the Protestant churches and other religious denominations. Yet, [...]

In the prolegomena to his analysis of Humanae Vitae McCormick tells us: "In the past a rather one-sidedly juridical model of the Church was common. Such a notion of the Church is bound to influence the theology of the magisterium — specifically the nature of authentic teaching and the response due to it . . [...]

The trouble with conspiracy theories is that nobody believes them. You have to be cracked before you take them seriously. Let me give you a couple of examples. About a thousand years ago for me, back in 1967 or '68, my five children and I took part in a peace march that some college faculty [...]

The Argument Against a "Nuclear Freeze": Introduction I first studied the effects of nuclear explosions over thirty years ago while serving as a nuclear defense officer in the Pacific Fleet. You may be assured that they can be very, very destructive. However, it is not my purpose to dwell on that experience except to say [...]

Dear Ralph: I’ve just finished reading the Novak encyclical on Moral Clarity. I hope you won't think me churlish or besotted with liberal error if I say that I don't think it will do, and that in particular I can't see how anyone could subscribe to paragraphs 54-61. Quite candidly, I think all this stuff [...]

American Catholicism has been convulsed by the national Conference of Catholic Bishops' pastoral letter on war and peace in a way not seen since the proclamation of the birth control encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968. It is not a mild violation of the Second Commandment, but simply a fact, to assert that God only knows [...]

The Roman Catholic Church is well represented in the U.S. Congress. Of the 435 members of the House in this 98th session, 124 acknowledge their religious affiliation as Catholic. Thirty-seven of the members are in the Republican Party and ninety-seven are in the Democratic Party. While Catholics represent roughly 26% of the total Congress, the [...]

It is the function of the media to let light through. When the windows are dirty, mediation fails. — Anon The National Catholic Reporter (May 27) is wrapped up in outrage at the conflict between the United States and Nicaragua, which it blames on President Reagan, not the Sandinistas. (It earlier blamed the Pope more than [...]

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