10/01/1983

Ten years ago I wrote a novel called The Priest which grew out of asking myself what it would be like to be a young priest in the Church today. A later novel, Gate of Heaven, asked what it would be like to be an old priest in the Church today. Lately I have been [...]

Ten years ago I wrote a novel called The Priest which grew out of asking myself what it would be like to be a young priest in the Church today. A later novel, Gate of Heaven, asked what it would be like to be an old priest in the Church today. Lately I have been [...]

America was never meant or expected to be a democracy like ancient Athens, and it has, perhaps, occasionally fallen short of what founders like Jefferson, Paine, and Adams hoped for. But ours has been the most optimistic and successful experiment in liberty of man's history. The experiment has been sustained by two great traditions and [...]

Poland’s Hope

Nowadays it seems half the world remains riveted on Poland. And why not, given the recent extraordinary electricity of events there. After all, her most celebrated son returned, to remind his beleaguered countrymen of the facts of their solidarity before God and His Blessed Mother; to remind, too, their government of those facts, contempt for [...]

There is no issue in this country so in need of leadership from the Church as people's struggle to cope with the economic pressures that are fragmenting their families and preventing them from loving God and neighbor as they should. Certainly inflation is down; the stock market is going crazy; interest rates have retreated to [...]

Just as the President of the United States was getting ready to apply pressure to curtail Cuban and Nicaraguan interference in El Salvador and just as the House of Representatives was readying a report on the unreported violence of the El Salvadoran guerrillas, Bishop John McGann of the Rockville Centre Diocese issued a pastoral letter [...]

It is three months since the Pastoral Letter on War and Peace was published. Most of the tumult and shouting — and editorializing — that accompanied its preparation has died away. It is obviously premature to look now for evidence of its impact within the ranks of the Church, but — like any book — [...]

A paper delivered at a Conference on the European Peace Movement: Implications for Western Security, Bonn, West Germany, June 23-5, 1983, sponsored by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis and the Konrad Adenauer Stistung. Were I to be obedient to my assignment this afternoon, the one thing I would surely be in no danger of [...]

Address to the Yakunin Hearing, a conference held by Christian Solidarity International on "The Significance of Martyrdom for the Life of the Church," parallel to the Sixth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches. 23 July 1983, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada I. When Church historians of the late 21st century look back upon our [...]

The problems of whether and how ethics and public policy can be related — especially in terms of U.S. national defense — have preoccupied Christian ethicists more perhaps than any other group of American scholars. And yet few Eastern Orthodox theologians have shown any interest in these matters — a regrettable situation mitigated only somewhat [...]

This is the second lecture Michael Novak gave at the Pontifical University, Santiago, Chili, May 3-5, 1983. Fix in your mind the year 1800. Then imagine the course of development until today, in the brief period of 183 years. In 1891, in his encyclical Rerum Novarum, Leo XIII turned the attention of the Catholic church [...]

This article appeared in the December 1982 issue of National Jesuit News. It is with a heavy heart and a trepid hand that I write to your newspaper. My heart is heavy because I find no joy in denouncing the vices of those I love. My hand is shaking because I know how perilous it [...]

On September 5, 1983, at Castelgandolfo, Pope John Paul II addressed the following words to twenty-three American bishops who were making their ad limina visit. The Pope spoke in English. The experience of the whole postconciliar life of the church confirms just how much the renewal willed by the Second Vatican Council depends on the [...]

Presented TO the National Captive Nations Committee's Conference on the Captive Nations' Week in Washington, D.C., July 18, 1983. Ladies and Gentlemen, on behalf of UNITA and President Savimbi, I thank you very much. We are pleased and quite honored to be here. The occasion is a reminder of the sad event of the Soviet [...]

I've been spending some time going through back issues of America, the Jesuit weekly, but I'm afraid it has been rather a chore. Rarely do you learn anything new from it, factually. Its 20-odd pages are filled with the standard progressive waffle. Opinions therein seem to have been called from the Nation, Mother Jones, or [...]

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