01/01/1984

There seems little doubt left that the KGB was behind the attempted assassination of John Paul II and the question arises as to what should follow from this certainty. Pontiff, by two British journalists stationed in Rome, can be described as a novelization of the shooting of the Pope by Mehmet Ali Agca on May [...]

There seems little doubt left that the KGB was behind the attempted assassination of John Paul II and the question arises as to what should follow from this certainty. Pontiff, by two British journalists stationed in Rome, can be described as a novelization of the shooting of the Pope by Mehmet Ali Agca on May [...]

My brother and I grew up in the shadow of Civil War battlefields in Virginia, only a short drive from the monuments in Washington. This corridor, from Gettysburg to Richmond, abounds with shrines. Seven members of our family — two parents, four grandparents, and an uncle — are buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In our [...]

During the last calendar year, as the bishops' statements on nuclear weapons generated scare headlines, thousands of American Catholic laymen suddenly realized for the first time that their bishops wield a great deal of political clout. That realization was long overdue. Bishops have been addressing political questions since the first Pentecost, and in this country [...]

What did I do over the Christmas holidays? One thing I did was read a series of articles about American nuns in the Washington Post, by Carol Krucoff. The overall message of these articles, which started on the front page of four successive issues of the Washington Post, and proceeded to cover five full pages [...]

"In Christianity, however, the human soul is not the seeker but the sought," C. S. Lewis wrote in his Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. "It is God who seeks, who descends from the other world to find and heal man." Sometimes we have a picture of the world in which each of us works [...]

Speech Given at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference November 23, 1983 San Francisco, California  SHORTLY BEFORE his recent death, the venerable French writer and social theorist, Raymond Aron, observed that "the great weakness of the United States today is the absence of the will to power and fatigue of the people." Raymond [...]

National Conference of Catholic Bishops Meeting, November 16, 1983 During the debate on the pastoral letter on Marxism, November 1980, some bishops spoke to the need for a comparable study on the relationship of Christianity to Capitalism. In fact, many saw such a document as especially meaningful if coming from the Conference of Bishops of [...]

The original version of this paper was delivered at the third annual G. K. Chesterton Conference, sponsored by the G. K. Chesterton Society of New York City, at Fordham University, November, 1983. Gilbert Keith Chesterton died in 1936, the same year that the poet Allen Tate and Herbert Agar, Chesterton's leading American political disciple, edited [...]

[The U.S. under Carter] tried very hard to build that new relationship [with the Sandinistas]. But the effort failed, principally, I believe, because the Sandinistas could not live with a positive image of the U.S. government. They did not try at all. And many in the United States cheered them on. (Lawrence E. Harrison, “We [...]

Report to the World Council of Churches of Its Delegation Sent To Nicaragua September 4-10, 1983 I. The National Situation in Nicaragua It is not necessary here to rehearse the historical antecedents of Nicaragua's recent history — the forty years of Somoza domination and exploitation, and the immense efforts since then to rebuild the nation [...]

Miguel Bolanos Hunter fought with the Sandinista rebels when he was in his teens and so impressed his comrades that, when a position in the Sandinista security forces opened up, his Sandinist superiors overruled Cuban security officials to place him in counterintelligence. Mr. Bolanos' services to the F-2 section — which gathers intelligence on foreign [...]

Settling In

Late in December I packed up my family and all my worldly belongings and drove 600 snowy miles from Washington, D.C. to South Bend, Indiana. I was induced to undertake such a foolhardy thing by Ralph Mclnerny's gracious offer to become managing editor of Catholicism in Crisis, a position I enthusiastically assume with this issue. [...]

Response

In "Multa Obstant" of Ralph McInerny in the September 1983 issue of Catholicism in Crisis, it is stated that: "Archbishop Roach's (July 22) statement on Central America is a narrowly partisan viewpoint parading as the Roman Catholic position." This is coupled with the observation that there is: "A general cynicism about the procedures of the [...]

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