05/01/1984

Glancing through some current newspapers stacked haphazardly on a grand piano where I am currently living in San Francisco, I came across an article by a fellow clergyman in The Voice, from nearby Oakland (Feb. 27, 1984), which featured the following observation in boldface on page three: "The well-documented facts are that defense spending is [...]

Glancing through some current newspapers stacked haphazardly on a grand piano where I am currently living in San Francisco, I came across an article by a fellow clergyman in The Voice, from nearby Oakland (Feb. 27, 1984), which featured the following observation in boldface on page three: "The well-documented facts are that defense spending is [...]

Today there is a growing number of Catholic periodicals which share the general objectives of Catholicism in Crisis, but still and all it is not a crowded field. Thus it might seem a luxury for our columnist Tom Bethell to make a case against the editorial strategy of the National Catholic Register, a paper that [...]

The month of March brought El Salvador to the headlines, especially among religious groups in the political arena. While dozens of self-proclaimed experts claimed to speak on behalf of the Church in El Salvador, the American Catholic Conference took a novel approach: we actually invited a representative of the Salvadorean Church to speak for himself. [...]

Sports hint at the relationship between God and creation Opening day at the Giants' Candlestick park was the day after the Georgetown Hoyas won the NCAA basketball championship. Some kind soul had put on the Xavier Hall Bulletin Board for the taking a $5 bleacher ticket (Section 54, Row 14, Seat 1), five seats from [...]

It’s perfectly appropriate — absolutely essential, in fact — for Americans to debate U.S. nuclear weapons policy. But is it necessary to terrorize and propagandize our children in the process? The evidence is mounting that American children increasingly suffer from nightmares, depression, and a fundamental conviction that they will not live long enough to grow [...]

One of the things that distinguishes a great country is that other countries feel little jealousy in appropriating for themselves the heroes of that great country. While it isn't true that great men are only born in great countries, it does seem true to me that when they are, the smaller, less powerful nations of [...]

In one of the sixteen appendices to his new and intriguing book Michael Harrington notes, "In a sense, Engels went through the stages of development [in his thinking about religion] which, he and Marx thought, would be the common experience of the working class and society as a whole." The same might be said of [...]

What does the Church have to teach about economic systems? From one perspective its storehouse of wisdom is great. It knows much about the moral order and its roots in the natural law. From its foundation the Church has been sensitive to the requirements of the common good. Heir to intellectual traditions symbolized by the [...]

In their loathing for our own society, some Christians may be ready for a preemptive surrender to Marx. Large segments of the staff and top leadership of the American Protestant and Catholic communities have moved steadily and rapidly over the last fifteen years from liberalism to socialism. Many are, in the name of "radical analysis," [...]

The moral good has an interest in nurturing a political system which allows it to unfold American involvement in the affairs of third world countries raises anew the insistent question of the relation of morality and politics. For example, the invasion of Grenada was condemned by Anthony Lewis of the New York Times (Oct. 27, [...]

Maritain published this book in 1965, toward the end of his long life, though eight years and several books would intervene before he died. Still to come were On the Grace and Humanity of Jesus (1967) and Of Christ's Church (1968), neither of which had the enormous effect of The Peasant of the Garonne, published [...]

One of the continuing scandals in the intellectual life of the Roman Catholic Church today, especially in the United States, is the all but complete eclipse of the great Thomist philosopher Jacques Maritain (1882-1973) from any serious consideration or renewable study in both the annals of Academe and in what are taken to be our [...]

Twice in this century, conflicts between scientists and religionists have gained national attention in trials focusing on public-school policy. The first instance was the Scopes trial in 1925 over the teaching of Darwinian evolution in Tennessee. The second occurred in the so-called Scopes II Trial of 1982 over the teaching of creationism in Arkansas. Many [...]

The vision of national community — the progressive/New Deal concept of the nation as small town or family — held sway over American politics for many years after Franklin D. Roosevelt's election in 1932. This changed dramatically in the course of the 60s and 70s, however. The central themes of the turbulence and unrest of [...]

Despite widespread media coverage in the last decade of the supposed breakup of the family, we are discovering now what we always expected to be true: that the family unit is still very healthy, and still very much the centerpiece of our society. In the 1970's the family faced serious and debilitating problems that almost [...]

Honoris Causa

Aristotle remarks that anyone who wonders whether he should honor his parents requires punishment, not instruction. This is a vivid expression of the self-evidence of the debt of gratitude we owe those on whom our existence depends. Piety begins at home, so to say, and is extended to the ultimate source of our being. Isn't [...]

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