08/01/1984

A superficial psychology has infected contemporary catechetics. The result is a mingling of the trendy and the sacred that trivializes the faith. "It ought to be the oldest things that are taught to the youngest people," wrote Chesterton in 1910. The child, he complained, is oftentimes older than the theory he is taught so that [...]

A superficial psychology has infected contemporary catechetics. The result is a mingling of the trendy and the sacred that trivializes the faith. "It ought to be the oldest things that are taught to the youngest people," wrote Chesterton in 1910. The child, he complained, is oftentimes older than the theory he is taught so that [...]

One of the principles shared by classic Catholic social thought and economics is the human right to private property. By neither tradition is the right held to be absolute. By both it is held to be a pivotal principle of a just social order. The reasons are several. One of the main purposes of the [...]

Much has been made in recent years about the fact that we are living through a period of artistic sterility and mediocrity. The lack of great novelists, poets, painters, and composers is bemoaned; symposia are convened to explicate the crisis; alarmed critics are interviewed for their diagnosis. On the whole, the reasons given for this [...]

Malcolm Muggeridge once distrusted all systems. Now one has met the rigors of his doubt.   Last December Malcolm Muggeridge — iconoclast, womanizer, and professional cynic — stunned his native England by converting to Catholicism. Muggeridge took Holy Communion in a small steepled chapel in Hurst Green, Sussex, and when the service was over he [...]

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