12/01/1985

In his magisterial study, We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition (1960), John Courtney Murray told of his difficulties in entering the argument over morality and foreign policy in the early 1950s. "My introduction to the state of the problem," Murray wrote, "took place... in a conversation with a distinguished journalist who [...]

In his magisterial study, We Hold These Truths: Catholic Reflections on the American Proposition (1960), John Courtney Murray told of his difficulties in entering the argument over morality and foreign policy in the early 1950s. "My introduction to the state of the problem," Murray wrote, "took place... in a conversation with a distinguished journalist who [...]

Now that we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Volume I of Democracy in America we are no longer so startled at the genius and incisive observation of American democracy which characterizes Alexis de Tocqueville's work. We have grown accustomed to the admiration and the commonplaces of critical approval and disagreement which [...]

Dissent is often treated as though it were an occasional and even marginal thing—here and there one or another teaching of the Church arouses misgivings in a few thoughtful people, who feel compelled to express them. Such an account overlooks the way in which dissent has become pervasive in the Church, both in the sense [...]

The Ratzinger Report

There are zingers and then there are ratzingers. The Rapporto sulla fede, an interview with the Cardinal Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is chock full of both. If a zinger can be defined as a barbed remark, deftly delivered, a ratzinger is a simple truth about the Catholic faith [...]

Most of the defects that show up in the second draft of the U.S. Catholic bishops' pastoral on the American economy arise from the inadequacies of its foundational second chapter, "The Christian Vision of Economic Life." This chapter does not really represent "the" Christian vision (nor even "the" Catholic vision). It is only one Catholic [...]

Editor's Note: Martin Geraghty recently shared with us the remarkable and moving letter we print below—a letter he wrote to a friend and his wife (age 35) who are expecting their third child. Worried about the possibility of Down's Syndrome, the couple decided to have amniocentesis performed and, if the test were positive, an abortion. [...]

The Catholic Church is sometimes charged with holding positions and doctrines which derive from a desire to enforce male dominance. Many feminists currently claim that the church, as an institution, intentionally creates and preserves policies which support and encourage the suppression of women and their rights. In particular, the Church's positions on marriage, birth control, [...]

Editor's Note: The address which follows was given by Secretary of Education William J. Bennett on October 22 to the Vietnamese League of Orange County, California. Acknowledging the impressive educational achievements of a new generation of Asian-American immigrants to the United States—and in particular the refugees from Vietnam—Dr. Bennett emphasized the crucial importance of the [...]

Tom and Barbara Donohue—now in Los Angeles—I had known during my early Roman days, when Tom was in the legal division of the Navy at the Embassy on the Via Veneto. When I came to Georgetown in the late 70s, they—such was my good fortune—had me look up Don and Connie Kerwin, old friends of [...]

As regular readers know, USCC Watch believes that the USCC staff exercises an enormous influence over the bishops' public statements. So when a controversial statement appears, USCC Watch shouts "Cherchez le secretaire," and compares the statement with the known sympathies of the relevant staff member(s). Approaching the USCC from that angle, I have often wondered [...]

It should have been the worst Christmas of my life. An only child from New Jersey who had not been farther west than Pennsylvania, I made a quantum leap when I took a job in San Francisco. This was the fifties, not yet the mobile society. But the lure of the position, coupled with determination [...]

There are a lot of first-run movies in my bottleneck of the woods these days—New York City—and three deal with questions regarding women and women's roles, about sex and sexuality, and, in large or small measure, with religion. One of them is being picketed, one is being applauded, and one is being ignored. The pickets [...]

Remember Louis, the police inspector (played by Claude Rains) in the movie Casablanca, announcing how shocked he was to find that illegal gambling was going on in Humphrey Bogart's cafe, and later in another connection ordering his assistant to "round up the usual suspects"? That is what I was reminded of when the usual experts [...]

Censorship by left-oriented editors is becoming an unfortunate reality in the American book market. A recent example that comes to mind is the wall of silence surrounding the work of Kingsley Amis. Amis wrote a brilliant dystopian novel, Russian Hide and Seek, in 1980, three paperback editions of which were sold out in Penguin in [...]

Plenty. Written by David Hare. Directed by Fred Schepisi. 20th Century Fox. There are traitors and then there are traitors. Some people sell state secrets and wind up in prison or in comfortable dachas a few versts outside Moscow. Others play false with clients, friends or lovers, and end their days in lonely places screaming [...]

Nobody has noticed, but the "Sanctuary movement," after more than three years of frenetic and deceptive organizing, isn't going anywhere. There are 339,843 churches and synagogues in the U.S. Of these, only 253 have offered "sanctuary." The chief reason is the fraud on which the movement is based. At great expense, with careful screening, and [...]

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