11/01/1983

The turmoils, conflicts and internal quarrels of the Church of France are not new in the twentieth century, nor the independence claimed historically by the French hierarchy, in which they were backed by the rulers, from Philip the Fair to Louis XIV to Napoleon. Gallicanism has been an historical force, and so has been Ultramontanism, [...]

The turmoils, conflicts and internal quarrels of the Church of France are not new in the twentieth century, nor the independence claimed historically by the French hierarchy, in which they were backed by the rulers, from Philip the Fair to Louis XIV to Napoleon. Gallicanism has been an historical force, and so has been Ultramontanism, [...]

The Family

The subjectivist turn in modern thought has had its effect on common thinking about many structures. This is noticeable in current reflections on marriage and the family. Within recent decades the biological character of both has been down-played in favor of an emphasis on subjective or personal goals. It used to be taken for granted [...]

Oscar Wilde is said to have remarked that a discussion of socialism would take too many evenings, and I feel the same way about the National Catholic Reporter: a careful examination of its politics would be an exhausting exercise, and one feels that there must be more fruitful ways of spending the day. In prayer, [...]

This appeared in the October 7 issue of the New York Post Terence Cardinal Cooke was a good and gentle man, who changed the role of the Archdiocese of New York in American Catholic life. Before Cardinal Cooke, the Archdiocese of New York — and specifically, the office of Francis Cardinal Spellman — used to [...]

Christianity has been called the most materialistic religion in history.  That is an illuminating point.  For Christianity is so much more than a moral code, a recipe for virtue, a system of comfortable idealistic thought.  It is a religion of acts and facts…. For Christianity is a religion of things that have happened — A [...]

Paper presented at the conference of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, July 28, 1983.  The topic of the welfare state is rather dismal, and not only in right-of-center circles. In American English the phrase has attained a particularly pejorative connotation, because "welfare" has come to mean the dole, handing out public money to people, [...]

In an unusually outrageous essay in the August, 1983, issue of this journal, Michael Novak informs us that "the American social system is morally superior to any historical Catholic social system, whether of the Vatican or of any Catholic state." This is the kind of statement one finds all too commonly on freshman exams, written [...]

Riposte

In the course of this discussion of the norms governing Catholic political behavior (see C. Wolfe, Can a Catholic Be Elected President, May, 1983; E. Peters, The Forbidden and the Inevitable, July, 1983; C. Wolfe, Professor Wolfe Replies, August, 1983; and K. Long, The Limits of the Law: Remarks on Edward Peters, September, 1983) some [...]

The author of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. This is certainly true of the contemporary version of liberation theology, for the Medieval Church frequently engaged in its own version of the practice. To be sure, the jargon has changed, but the game remains the same — a quest for [...]

The Next pastoral of the American Bishops will express moral judgments on the socio-economic order. In particular, it will closely study the merits and problems of "Capitalism." Although it will certainly be easier to confine the content of the pastoral to the socio-political level of analysis, to study the matter at the level of the [...]

Writing as an individual Catholic citizen who represents no other person or thing, Quentin L. Quade has argued three points about the political strategies employed by some Catholics who are against elective abortion (Catholicism in Crisis, Sept. 1983, pp. 14-16). Writing as an individual Catholic citizen who represents no other person or thing, I wish [...]

It was as by a fifth-grader at St. Anthony's that I was first introduced to the noble phrase "free press." Brother Matthias had just quoted to the class Thomas Jefferson's oft-repeated line about his preferring a free press with no government to a government with no free press, a statement, let it be noted, Jefferson [...]

Year’s End

With this issue we complete the first volume of Catholicism in Crisis, and I use the ordinal adjective in the conviction that there will be many more. Terry Hall will be moving his family to Notre Dame and take over as managing editor toward the beginning of December. Terry has been involved with the journal [...]

My office is on a top floor, in a corner, with windows south and west, through which the sun can, when it chooses, pour enough solar heat to drench a tropical greenhouse. You could call it "the open office." Thank God for Venetian blinds. What is happening to "the open church?" Not a few good [...]

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