02/01/1984

About a month ago a nun familiar with New York's peace demonstrators predicted that if Bishop John J. O'Connor, then of Scranton, was named Archbishop of New York, there would be people lying all along Fifth Avenue in front of the Cathedral in protest. That does not seem to be the case. Yet. Bishop O'Connor [...]

About a month ago a nun familiar with New York's peace demonstrators predicted that if Bishop John J. O'Connor, then of Scranton, was named Archbishop of New York, there would be people lying all along Fifth Avenue in front of the Cathedral in protest. That does not seem to be the case. Yet. Bishop O'Connor [...]

My first glimpse of Bishop O'Connor after his appointment as successor to Cardinal Cooke was on the Cable News Network's Goodman Report and the eye was quickly drawn to the Right to Life rose on his lapel. It proved to be a good index to the bishop's forthright, calm and unwavering Catholicism. Here clearly we [...]

For the past several years, the Catholic press and the secular news media have reported alarming statistics about the decline in the number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This decline is normally referred to as the vocations "crisis." The term "crisis" connotes a time for decision making. It suggests that we are [...]

At least five hierarchies (the German, US, Dutch, French, and Irish) have thought it advisable in the past year to make a statement on the morality of nuclear war and the issues surrounding it. Basil Cardinal Hume of London also wrote a very perceptive letter on this topic.' The Irish statement was written after the [...]

Because of two court cases in recent months, there is good reason to believe that this country has drawn quite a bit closer to the legalization of euthanasia. This is even more interesting because Roman Catholic priests have played a significant role in both of these cases, and their activities are symbols of the Church's [...]

These remarks were presented to the Committee on Catholic Social Teaching and the American Economy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in October 1983. Portions of the remarks have appeared previously in an essay by Mr. Madden in Democracy and Mediating Structures: A Theological Inquiry (American Enterprise Institute. 1983). Many socio-economic issues are being [...]

Rosemary Radford Reuther's recent remark, "The more we become feminists, the more difficult it is for us to go to church," captures the women's ordination movement very nicely. At first glance, it suggests the possibility of schism, a schism feared by those who cannot find a way to approve of ordaining women to the Roman [...]

"The more one becomes a feminist," Rosemary Reuther has been quoted as saying, "the more difficult it is to remain a Catholic." To which some will reply: "But of course!" Many of the claims of contemporary feminism are as radically opposed to orthodoxy as were similar Gnostic claims in the second century, in the first [...]

In Defense of Feminism

I write in defense of feminism; I hope feminists will not think with friends like this who needs enemies. Feminism, however, is not easy to define or evaluate. It is a slippery term like liberal or conservative. In many minds it may mean nothing more than a minority position, held largely by women, where the [...]

This article was originally presented at the Third World Congress of Social Economics, Fresno, Calif., Aug. 16-20,1983. Introduction America is witnessing the uninhibited use of power by well-organized groups striving for an excessive share of national income. The problem is not one of recent origin and writers of different political persuasions have decried the inability [...]

In preparation for writing a pastoral letter on the American economic system, the U.S. bishops are expected to make use of a statement issued in 1919 by a group of bishops under the auspices of the Administrative Committee of the National Catholic War Council, later to become the national Catholic Welfare Council. The latter was [...]

"For an encounter with another person, through acts of knowing and love, in freedom," the Polish Dominican philosopher Mieczylaw Krapiec wrote, in his remarkable Philosophical Anthropology, "presupposes precisely a personal 'I' who actualizes himself through interpersonal communications in the order of being." This is, no doubt, a complicated way of saying that we are beings [...]

When the bishops met in Washington last November, three interesting items were on the agenda, and one was not. So let's begin with the item that was not on the NCCB agenda: the fate of Father Bryan Hehir. Father Hehir, as nearly everyone knows, was the staff director for the bishops' committee that wrote the [...]

Press Watch: Sojourning

There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal the other day about Petra Kelly, leading luminary of the Greens, the radical West German Political party. "From U.S. Schoolgirl to German Politician," ran the headline, under the caption Angry Woman. That reminded me of the analogous transformation of Sonia Johnson, the Mormon feminist who [...]

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