06/01/1984

The implications are as great as at any time since deterrence was developed in the 1950s. One of the curiosities of the current presidential campaign is that it has yet to catch fire (do pardon the expression) around the issue of nuclear weapons and nuclear strategy. The democrats profess faith in the freeze, and disbelief [...]

The implications are as great as at any time since deterrence was developed in the 1950s. One of the curiosities of the current presidential campaign is that it has yet to catch fire (do pardon the expression) around the issue of nuclear weapons and nuclear strategy. The democrats profess faith in the freeze, and disbelief [...]

There are at least a few parallels between the 1980s and fifty years ago. As Hitler's might grew to match his at first incredible ambitions, American colleges and churches demonstrated for peace, the Oxford Union voted never to fight for King or country, and among the literary set homosexuality was praised as liberation. In religion, [...]

An evangelical theologian's sojourn away from radical Christian politics. While evangelical Christians agree about the central doctrines of the Christian faith, their thinking about social and political issues evidences increasing division and disagreement. Evangelical reflection about social and political issues is like a turbulent river which turns this way and that, and contains several strong [...]

The critical question raised by Paul VI ten years ago still needs answering: Do we believe what we preach? Few Catholics like to speak of "schism" in connection with the present crisis in the Church, but "the break" with Church teaching and Church authority is real enough. We are not experiencing the benign neglect of [...]

When one group of U.S. observers at the March 25th presidential elections in El Salvador stopped to interview a man who stood in line to vote, the man asked them, "Why did you come and watch us vote? Don't you know there are other democracies in the world?" The implicit irony in the man's question [...]

Pacifism is the capitulation of orthodox Christianity to the pagan Enlightenment. Forty years ago a tide of pacifism swept through the Christian churches as again it is doing today. In 1940, Reinhold Niebuhr tried to stem this tide with a book of essays entitled Christianity and Power Politics. "It is the thesis of these essays," [...]

My dear Wormwood… What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of mind I call "Christianity And." You know — Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Psychical Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and [...]

The letter below was issued on Easter Sunday of this year by the Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference. In the letter, the bishops offer their analysis of the present turmoil in their country and suggest some possible solutions for ending the conflicts and divisions there. To the priests and deacons in our dioceses: To the members of [...]

This speech to the French Chamber of Deputies by the author of Democracy in America was formally occasioned by the submission of an amendment to paragraph 8 of the preamble to the Constitution of the Second French Republic, on September 12, 1848. The paragraph was the one which dealt with the State's social obligations. The [...]

In "The Wasteland," T . S. Eliot wrote: There is not even silence in the mountain, But dry, sterile thunder without rain. Where we live, in large part, influences how we look at the natural phenomena which are so much an often unnoticed part of our daily lives — such things as wind, rain, floods, [...]

If Ronald Reagan has decided that he can never trust the bishops again, I can't say I blame him. Late in April, President Reagan invited the leadership of the American bishops' conference to the White House for a luncheon and a series of briefings on topics of mutual interest. Among the guests were the nation's [...]

I had been talking to Joyce Hollyday, one of the pastors of the Sojourners community which publishes a monthly magazine of the same name. As I have already commented (Catholicism in Crisis, April, 1984), Sojourners is interesting since it embodies the very strong tendency of contemporary social-ism (and the amended spelling is intentional) to take [...]

To many Americans who read about Europe in their newspapers, who watch Europeans demonstrating against American nuclear weapons or American policy in Central America on their TV screen, Western Europe must have become a place difficult to understand. What went wrong in a relationship and an alliance that has been more successful in keeping the [...]

Making the rounds in the mails recently was a packet of materials from a group calling itself the Catholic Committee on Pluralism and Abortion. Among other goals, this group seeks to mobilize Catholics against legislation which would restrict abortion. Included in the materials is a passionate defense of the moral permissibility of abortion by moral [...]

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