04/01/1984

The history of Social Catholicism, that is, of Catholic social thought, may be said to have been moving in a direction all but parallel with the development of the "social question." This, however, must not be interpreted to mean that the Church itself was always an alert observer, instantly responsive to the progressive disorganization of [...]

The history of Social Catholicism, that is, of Catholic social thought, may be said to have been moving in a direction all but parallel with the development of the "social question." This, however, must not be interpreted to mean that the Church itself was always an alert observer, instantly responsive to the progressive disorganization of [...]

On Sunday morning I arrived at the Sojourners building, a modern, school-like structure in a quiet corner of northeast Washington, a few blocks away from the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I was just in time for the 10 o'clock service, which was held in a square, plain room with an unadorned cross on [...]

On paper, the powers of the U.S.C.C. look meager indeed. The national staff has no authority over diocesan leaders — no power to issue orders for a nationwide strategy. The U.S.C.C. exists only to provide "support services" to the local Catholic organizations across the country — to act as a conduit for information, suggestions, and [...]

Father Cornelius Monacell is a Jesuit classmate of mine. He hails from Albion, New York, where he grew up with wonderful Abruzzi-style pasta every Sunday noon. I even had one of his dear cousins in one of my classes at Georgetown, though she was still an un-Americanized Monacell. "Monte" is one of my greatest benefactors. [...]

To be a Viet Nam veteran is, as Russell Hittinger's recent article on these pages (January 1984) shows, never to stop learning the depths of one's capacity for humiliation. First it was service in the war; young men shouted "murderer" at me when I walked in uniform on city streets. Today, young men call the [...]

In a previous article (Catholicism in Crisis, Feb. 1984), I described the vocations "malaise": vague feelings of uneasiness in the face of the declining number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. I also indicated that I think this malaise, which has reached epidemic proportions in our church, results from a fundamental doubt about [...]

Over the past decade a great deal of ink has been spilled over the question of the meaning of Catholic higher-education — what is its purpose, how is it distinctive or unique in comparison to secular higher education, and simply what is the mission of the Catholic University? Hardly a Catholic campus in this country [...]

If the political forum is not the locus of the proper object of the theological activity, and terra aliena to many theologians, theology still ought to direct some of its attention to the human person as citizen, and to the whole of the civic order. John Courtney Murray, in his writings on religious liberty and [...]

Peregrine Quester: I'm looking for a straight answer to a question that seems to be taboo. Is it a sin to vote for a pro-abortion politician? Jack McThomas: Do I have to answer yes or no? Quester: Yes McThomas: Then yes. Quester: Are you going to stop there? No qualifications? McThomas: Plenty. But you asked [...]

This essay was originally prepared for the American Enterprise Institute's Public Policy Week 1983. The second part of his essay will appear in a subsequent issue of Catholicism in Crisis. America is in search of a new public philosophy. The New Deal public philosophy apparently died some time ago, and now we must find one to [...]

 On March 1, 1980 the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution "rebuking" Israel for maintaining settlements in Arab-claimed territory. The resolution went further; it proclaimed Israel guilty of "flagrant violation" of the Fourth Geneva Convention, thus associating that country with the crimes of Auschwitz. The United States voted in favor of the resolution. In [...]

"Tradition is the democracy of the dead" — G. K. Chesterton This sermon, long attributed to St. John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople (d. 407), and now traced by some scholars to an older tradition coming from St. Hippolytus (d. 235), has long been read in the Orthodox Midnight Easter Liturgy. This month Christians commemorate the [...]

By Hilaire Belloc Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel! May all my enemies go to hell! IN MY day, people said what they thought, and thought what they said, but not today. Take Newsweek's religion editor, a Catholic graduate of the University of Notre Dame, who, in proposing a toast, should really drink first to feminism, only [...]

Not a Prayer

The issue of prayer in the public schools is one on which a Catholic can easily find himself in company he would much rather not keep. On the one hand, it is difficult to be in favor of a set prayer at the beginning of the day in public schools. Some of us remember our [...]

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