09/01/1984

John Paul II inherited a church bewildered, divided and growing rapidly weaker — in short a church in manifest crisis. The Pope's response has been a systematic strategy of restoration. How has he set about doing it? It is impossible to understand the present Pope's work and strategy without examining the historical situation he inherited. [...]

John Paul II inherited a church bewildered, divided and growing rapidly weaker — in short a church in manifest crisis. The Pope's response has been a systematic strategy of restoration. How has he set about doing it? It is impossible to understand the present Pope's work and strategy without examining the historical situation he inherited. [...]

I arrived in San Francisco one day too late to witness the display of blasphemy by "Sister Boom Boom" and his followers, "a troupe of men who dress in nuns' habits and spend their days looking for people to shock," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. These horrors were on hand shortly before the Democratic [...]

Several months ago, in this column, I criticized the USCC's choice of a speaker for an annual meeting: a comparatively obscure Congresswoman by the name of Geraldine Ferraro. Apart from her ardent support for government-sponsored abortion, I hadn't noticed anything extraordinary about Miss Ferraro. Apparently the USCC staff had noticed something that I missed. Which [...]

The "Bay-To-Breakers" foot race in San Francisco was something I figured that I should not miss — watching it, that is. So I walked down to the Four Mile Marker just in-side Golden Gate Park, off the Stanyon Street corner on Kennedy Drive. The leading runners came by me about five minutes after I arrived [...]

"America is one, indivisible community," Walter Mondale asserted as he introduced Geraldine Ferraro to the nation. "We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the heart of the matter we are bound to one another," added Gov. Mario Cuomo of New York in his stirring keynote address at the Democratic convention. [...]

The most difficult problem in understanding politics is, I believe, to see the phenomena as they are without confusion or mystification, simply to observe who does what to whom, to hear what he says about his actions, and to observe their consequences. The more simply and clearly the phenomena can be observed and described, the [...]

The theology of liberation is an extraordinarily complex phenomenon. Any concept of liberation theology has to be able to span positions ranging from the radically Marxist to those that stress necessary Christian responsibility towards the poor and the oppressed in the context of a sound ecclesiology, as did the documents of CELAM from Medellin to [...]

Had Etienne Gilson lived, he would have been one hundred years old this past June 13th. As it was, dying in 1978, he came within six years of living a century, and this summer Toronto's Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies celebrated their founder's centenary by publishing Gilson's biography. Father Lawrence K. Shook, C.S.B.'s Etienne Gilson is [...]

Justice, the virtue by which we give to others what is owed them, has fallen on hard times in a self-centered world. The hallowed halls of our nation's colleges and universities have proven to be no sanctuary from this invasion. Well-publicized reports of students cheating, vandalism, and defaulting on government loans are making headlines. Extensive [...]

Succumbing to isolationism and unilateral disarmament, Polish -American congressmen have become alienated from their own heritage and their constituents. Polish-Americans, as a group, have traditionally enjoyed the reputation of being staunch anti-Communists, deeply religious, and patriotic Americans dedicated to the defense of their adopted homeland. Is this popular conception corroborated by the voting record of [...]

It is not often that a critic is so determined to be fair and rational, both in substance and in tone; I am grateful to Arthur McGovern. His article reveals the same high qualities I admire in his Marxism: An American Christian Perspective. Fr. McGovern finds the language of my original article "apocalyptic"; certain sentences [...]

In the July 1984 issue of Catholicism in Crisis Michael Novak contributed an article on "Biblical Realism and Power Politics." He argued that Christians must have a very realistic sense of the role that power plays in the world, and the focus of his article was upon the power of the Soviet Union. He sees [...]

Dependency theory implies that Latin America is impotent, determined by outside forces, a passive observer of its own rape — it is a debilitating nostrum which diverts Latin America's coming to grips with its real problems. A conventional wisdom has evolved in the Latin American and American intellectual communities which blames the United States for [...]

Quid Pro Cuomo

I see by the papers that Mario Cuomo has been invited to Notre Dame to speak on religion and politics and I for one am delighted. He seems as knowledgeable as most other professional theologians I know and he shows the tendency of the tribe to lash out at any bishop who tries to tie [...]

  By "economy" I mean that most intricate and powerful combination of science, technology and business which is perhaps the dominant and most characteristic aspect of the national life. (With business one should join advertising, as the tail to the kite — though it would be hard to know which is tail and which is [...]

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