05/01/1983

Why else do we have bishops if not to chide Christians for lion baiting in the Coliseum? What an immense relief it is to find our prelates favor peace and that only nine of them voted for war. Defying a hostile press, going decisively against the zeitgeist, the bishops, with billowing spinnakers, voted to help [...]

Why else do we have bishops if not to chide Christians for lion baiting in the Coliseum? What an immense relief it is to find our prelates favor peace and that only nine of them voted for war. Defying a hostile press, going decisively against the zeitgeist, the bishops, with billowing spinnakers, voted to help [...]

A Double Life

Our March issue was devoted in its entirety to Moral Clarity in the Nuclear Age, a letter drafted by Michael Novak, commented on by many and signed by more than 90. On a later page will be found some additional signatures. Readers of Catholicism in Crisis might have been surprised to see that the April [...]

New Catholics remind me of nothing so much as the old Puritans, who ended a great many sentences with the sobrious four words:  ". . . is a moral issue." Thus, today, employment is a moral issue. Unemployment is a moral issue. Nuclear weapons are a moral issue. Infant formula is a moral issue. When [...]

Thanks in good measure to our bishops, the world of the Catholic laymen and laywomen in the United States is astir. Argument seems to be alive on every side. It is a good moment to take stock, even to dream. Of the fifty million American Catholics (there are, of course, an estimated twenty million others [...]

After Al Smith lost his race for the Presidency in 1928, he jokingly remarked that he had sent a one-line telegram to the Vatican: "Unpack". It took unusual good grace to joke about the matter, given that he undoubtedly lost many votes due to anti-Catholic sentiment in America. The ghost of anti-Catholic bigotry, it has [...]

Last year in Bloomington, Indiana, a newly-born baby was diagnosed by physicians as suffering from Down's syndrome. The doctors proceeded to put this question to the baby's parents: Should we treat him or let him starve to death? The parents replied that the "quality of life" is more important than the mere "right to live," [...]

The Vietnam War is no longer tearing at the hearts and minds of America. My colleagues at Princeton who had been condemning the draft, demanding peace and surrender have received their Ph.Ds, and both Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were offered the Nobel Peace Prize. About 3 million Cambodians, however, perished under the Pol [...]

A Retrospect

Looking back a generation or so to the time when I wrote "A Reporter Looks at the Vatican" (1962) and "A Reporter Looks at American Catholicism" (1967), I find some judgments modified. On balance I do not share the gloom which besets some in the American Catholic community. The Rome I portrayed in 1962 and [...]

(Ed. Note: This article ran in defective form in the April issue) No doubt many people depend for their information about important issues on the media. Because they lack intelligence, inclination, or means, they must rely on second-hand facts and second-hand interpretations. From this, we gather, they make their personal decisions and they make their [...]

Since their ascent to power in Nicaragua in 1979, the Sandinistas have claimed that they are a regime respectful of religion, as well as a model of the integration of Christianity and revolution, Marxism and faith. Many in the United States — ranging from Catholic publications such as Our Sunday Visitor and Maryknoll magazine to [...]

Few dispute that policy discussions ought to be grounded in and informed by accurate data. Furthermore, clichés and stereotypes are seldom to be trusted. They often cloud rather than enlighten one's perspective on an issue. These remarks are especially true when applied to a discussion on the role federal, state, and local governments should play [...]

The following letter was sent to Archbishop John Roach, Chairman of the Catholic Bishops of the United States, on March 14, 1983. The writers are members of the German Bundestag. Dr. Alois Mertes is state secretary of the Federal Foreign Office and a Christian Democrat. Dr. Georg Leber is Vice President of the Bundestag and [...]

Many of the difficulties some Catholics now have over the present condition of the Church seem to rest upon a conclusion and a grievance. The conclusion is that what was said at the second Vatican Council, and all that led up to it, doesn't change in any decisive way the self-understanding Catholics had before the [...]

Atlanta, Birmingham, Detroit, Gary, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Richmond and Washington, all large U.S. cities whose white residents are in the minority have elected a black as mayor. However, a smaller, select circle of big cities with absolute white majorities have also chosen a black as mayor: Cleveland, Hartford, Los Angeles and now Chicago. New [...]

I write these words as an individual Catholic citizen representing no other person or thing. They are words about the rights and responsibilities of Catholics-as-citizens in a free society. In a recent Supplement to the Catholic League Newsletter, Fr. Virgil C. Blum, S.J., League President, characterized Catholic school parents as political pygmies. He used the [...]

I fear that Professor Duffey escapes the dilemma of the new Catholic pacifism only through a number of equivocations, concerning especially the terms pacifism, Catholic tradition, and moral principle. The dilemma simply put is this: the Catholic pacifist must either accept moral relativism or a breach in the continuity of Catholic tradition. I shall attempt [...]

The word "capitalism" in today's world, particularly in the developing world, conjures a vision that is not quite welcome. It somehow evokes a sense of distaste for an economic system that prevailed in Europe from the time of the Industrial Revolution, and subsequently in the USA, and it has become the fashion to decry it [...]

I do not believe that Professor Hittinger's way of construing the issues of the Catholic Church's teaching on war is very helpful. Recall that he locates the just war position as the Central position between the extremes of nuclear madness and pacifism and considers the just war teaching "the only framework for sober discussion and [...]

June 4, 1982 Let us together thank God for all that He has been and is to each one of us. And especially for bringing us together to prove that He loves us and that we love Him. Nobody could help us better to do this than Mary. So let us ask her: Mary, Mother [...]

To my mind, one of the most important stories in the life of Jesus for us as Christian educators is that found in the tenth chapter of Mark's gospel. As you recall, Jesus and his disciples had had a long, hectic day. Some people brought their children to the Lord, seeking a blessing. The disciples [...]

In conversation with Bishop James Armstrong, President, National Council of Churches I am honored to be here today, and I would like to begin by thanking the Christian Century Lecture Committee and especially its chairman, my old friend Dr. Bill Welch, for extending me the invitation to participate. I am also grateful to another friend, [...]

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