02/01/1985

Anyone unfamiliar with the terms of debate within American Catholicism in recent years, and given untitled copies of both the bishops' proposed pastoral letter on the economy and the "lay letter" on the same subject issued by a committee, might easily jump to the conclusion that what is in fact the bishops' document is the [...]

Anyone unfamiliar with the terms of debate within American Catholicism in recent years, and given untitled copies of both the bishops' proposed pastoral letter on the economy and the "lay letter" on the same subject issued by a committee, might easily jump to the conclusion that what is in fact the bishops' document is the [...]

During the past several weeks, I have spoken privately with a few critics of this column, and critics of the American Catholic Conference. I don't intend to use this space to continue our arguments; on the contrary, I hope they notice that their criticisms have some effect. But I do think it might be helpful [...]

Sometime in October, 1936, Msgr. Ronald Knox gave a sermon on St. Mary Magdalene, the traditional model of the contemplative life, in which he observed: The world... does not understand the love that waits, any more than the love that weeps. It is so impressed with the feeling that this and that needs doing here [...]

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from an address by Richard Cowden-Guido on the occasion of being awarded the Catholic Journalist of the Year Award by the St. Gerard Guilds of American on October 28, 1984. Reprinted from the November 15, 1984 issue of The Wanderer, with permission. I do not know quite how [...]

Letter From Jalapa

The following letter was written by a Jesuit travelling in Nicaragua in 1984. It was posted on the bulletin board of the Jesuit Residence at a major Catholic University. We bring it to the attention of our readers as an expression of the ethos of one segment of Catholic thinking on Nicaragua and the issues [...]

In 1931 Pius XI issued the great social encyclical "Quadragesimo Anno" to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of "Rerum Novarum." In "Quadragesimo Anno" the word "liberal" first appears in Catholic social thought—liberalism is therein condemned along with socialism—and the notion of a "third way" is introduced. To prepare the text of the document, Pius XI called [...]

If I ever decide to overthrow the government, I want the Catholic Committee on Pluralism and Abortion to write the ads. They do write nice copy. Their first try, headed "A Diversity of Opinions Regarding Abortion Exists Among Committed Catholics," ran conveniently enough in The New York Times in the middle of a public debate [...]

Media Reflections

Public dissatisfaction with press and television reporting is widely acknowledged. Polls consistently give the media a low credibility rating compared to other professionals or institutions. One has the impression that the common distrust of the media has nothing to do with the fabricated, often fanciful, human interest story; "composite reporting," it is now called. If [...]

It is interesting, perhaps instructive, to imagine a world in which priests and members of religious orders aspiring to political office would experience only the problems of other Catholic politicians. In this world—fantastic to some, desirable to others—the Code of Canon Law would place no obstacles in the path of those priests, brothers and sisters [...]

Senator Henry Jackson (D-WA) spent all his adult life in public service, and most of it in the U.S. Congress. He used his influence, which at his death was very large, to advance those causes which embodied his deepest principles and convictions, including human rights. Jackson saw himself as a link in a chain extending [...]

This spring will mark the twentieth anniversary of the landing of the U.S. Marines at Danang (March 8, 1965), as well as the tenth anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975). It is remarkable that there is as much or more interest in the war today than there was either when the marines [...]

Editor's Note: The following proposal sets forth a practical agenda for addressing the problem of poverty at the grass-roots, parish level. Firmly rooted in the principle of subsidiarity, itself a key notion in Catholic social teaching, the proposal aims at placing the skills and concern of laymen and laywomen in Catholic parishes at the service [...]

Relying on Government

Confidence in government emerges as a powerful theme in "Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy," the new draft pastoral letter of the American Catholic bishops. The letter's remarkable endorsement of government solutions to economic problems provides the bishops' arguments with both philosophical coherence and political applications of their moral concerns about poverty and unemployment. [...]

The bishops of the United States have decided to issue a pastoral letter on the U.S. economy, and the first draft produced by the committee established for that purpose has been published. The first thing that needs to be said is that it is very much the bishops' right and even responsibility to address themselves [...]

Archbishop, a wit once declared, is a Christian rank neither reached nor aspired to by Christ. Nothing prevents columnists from aspiring so high, however, or even higher. This my colleague Ellen Goodman of the Boston Globe recently did, setting forth in a recent column her vision of how the Catholic church ought to be constituted. [...]

Bombs Away?

Imagine yourself as a German citizen some I decades back, one who knows what is being done to the Jews. Say you live in Dachau and are perfectly well aware of what is taking place on the edge of town. If you had a chance to destroy the ovens, of course you would seize upon [...]

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