12/01/1984

John J. O'Connor, the Archbishop of New York, and Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the Archbishop of Chicago, describe themselves as "good friends." No doubt, they also seek to maintain brotherly amity in word and deed. Still, their public positions on religion and politics are remarkably different in intellectual approach, personal style, and public mode of argument. [...]

John J. O'Connor, the Archbishop of New York, and Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the Archbishop of Chicago, describe themselves as "good friends." No doubt, they also seek to maintain brotherly amity in word and deed. Still, their public positions on religion and politics are remarkably different in intellectual approach, personal style, and public mode of argument. [...]

Not long ago, on television, a woman speaking on behalf of Catholics for a Free Choice, made use of the following argument to justify her claim that there is no monolithic Catholic position on abortion. "I think that abortions are sometimes morally all right; I am a Catholic; therefore, some Catholics hold that abortions are [...]

Someone has remarked that this must be an election year: everyone's talking about theology. Suddenly we're hotly debating an issue we thought had been settled at the founding of this nation. For Catholics the debate has a special interest. We engage in it not only as participants, but, in the minds of some people at [...]

Thanksgiving is barely past, and already there is another bird on my menu. I think it's time for me to eat crow. In the middle of November, the American bishops met here in Washington to discuss the first draft of their pastoral letter on the American economy. For almost a year, I had confidently predicted [...]

Last Christmas I celebrated midnight Mass at the lovely Poor Clares' Convent in Aptos (California) with an old friend from the University of Santa Clara, Father Edward Warren, S. J. This convent is in the parish to which my brother Jerry and his dear family belong, so we usually attend Christmas Mass either at Resurrection [...]

On September 3, 1984, the official opening day of the U.S. presidential election campaign, three distinguished and experienced Democrats — W. Averell Harriman, Clark M. Clifford, and Marshall D. Schulman — called for a restoration of a serious, bipartisan U.S. approach to Soviet-American relations and the issue of nuclear weapons. (See their article, "U.S. Needs [...]

Fired by creative inspiration, the artist evokes a noble and innocent self-image. But the imagination is susceptible to self-deception, dishonesty and illusion. ~Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life There are similar stages of insight, preparation, discipline, dark night of the soul, and unity in both the spiritual quest and artistic activity. The artist is rooted in imagination, [...]

To dismiss pornography is to ignore what the smut merchants have already pro-claimed: the Church is their enemy. Standard fare pornography, often referred to as "adult material" or "erotica" by the morally unconscious, has been produced over centuries for the express purpose of aiding masturbation. Thousands of sexual underachievers make use of pornography daily, never [...]

The "social Catholicism" of 19th-century reformers such as Bishop Wilhelm von Ketteler tried to remedy social and economic dislocation not through the invention of new forms but through the revival of the forms of traditional society. With that respect for experiential reality which characterizes both Christianity and Thomism, Rerum Novarum warns in paragraph 18, "Nothing [...]

To address meaningfully the injustices of the world, Catholics and evangelicals must recognize the legitimacy of different callings of the Church. In a forward to a book which I have recently edited, (Evangelicals and the Bishops' Pastoral Letter, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing Company, 1984), Archbishop John J. O'Connor suggests that there are signs [...]

For the sake of restoration and authentic renewal, thoughtfully conservative Catholics should embrace John Paul II’s strategy for Christian reunion. Paul Johnson’s "The Strategy of John Paul II" (C in C, Sept. 1984) is a spirited and insightful statement which contributes greatly to our understanding of what this Pope may be up to. The following [...]

If we were strict in our interpretation of it, only Jews would celebrate Christmas Day. Shepherd folk, plying the trade of the twelve patriarchs and of King David, received an angelic message which promised peace (that is, security) to men God loved (that is, to Israel), tidings to them, and to all the (Chosen) People; [...]

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