07/01/1984

When Jesuit journals publish articles undercutting papal positions or when individual Jesuits do the same in public pronouncements, they promote a concept of the Church quite different from that of the Church's leader — the man to whom Jesuits take a special vow of obedience. The Society of Jesus is one of the great glories [...]

When Jesuit journals publish articles undercutting papal positions or when individual Jesuits do the same in public pronouncements, they promote a concept of the Church quite different from that of the Church's leader — the man to whom Jesuits take a special vow of obedience. The Society of Jesus is one of the great glories [...]

The syndicated columnist Joseph Sobran remarked to me the other day that we live in a very strange time: the wrecker's ball is to be found inside the building it is aiming to destroy. This is a useful image, and I think those of us who are concerned about the state of the Catholic Church [...]

Sometime about a year ago, the National Committee of Catholic Laymen (150 East 35th Street, New York 10016) issued a brilliant little pamphlet by William Gavin entitled The Politics of God. On one level, Gavin's essay was a short, readable history of the life and struggles of St. Athanasius. But the particular appeal of the [...]

In a new collection of essays by the late (d. 1973) Professor Leo Strauss (Studies in Platonic Political Philosophy, University of Chicago Press), a very large part of the book is devoted not so much to Plato but to Judaism. This is not accidental, of course, because it delicately hints at the proper understanding of [...]

On this Feast of Pentecost, as we pray and reflect about the mission God entrusts to us, and about all the different gifts and talents we bring to it, I would like to discuss with you a matter of very great importance. As many of you know, the Catholic Bishops of the United States are [...]

Most Catholics would simply stop being Catholics if they accepted the liberal consensus as true. Thomas Sheehan takes the occasion of a review of Hans Kung's Eternal Life? Life After Death as a Medical, Philosophical and Theological Problem in The New York Review of Books (June 14) to give a thumbnail sketch of how the [...]

For many Europeans, who have still not overcome the moral and political confusion of two world wars, it is all too attractive to forget the past and nurture present illusions about European influence, progressive forces and American incompetence. On June 6, 1984 national leaders from many Western countries assembled in Normandy to commemorate the allied [...]

Rooted in the recognition of human sinfulness, biblical realism is an antidote to the utopian ideals of the Enlightenment. The crisis faced by a handful of democracies in a sea of tyrannies has become more severe today than it was in 1938. The ruling elites of the Soviet Union command far more military power than [...]

It is undeniably dangerous to employ religious categories in economic matters, because of the tendency of all human beings to claim divine warrant for their own opinions. It is pernicious to use "the gospels" as a screen for ideology. Persons on the Catholic left say that right-wing Catholics employ "ideology" in discussing economic realities, whereas [...]

The essential peculiarity of the [American political system] has not been the assertion that in the words of John Locke, "the people shall be judge" of "the prince and the legislative act," nor in the determination that government shall be by the people. The Middle Ages knew this meaning of the sovereignty of the people [...]

The term "social justice" effectively entered Catholic thought in Pius XI's encyclical Quadragesimo Anno (1931). The term is still often used unclearly and sometimes as an invocation intended to bless as Christian teaching the personal opinions of those who use it. Considerable care is needed to grasp its authentic meaning. Social justice is the virtue [...]

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