01/01/1985

The Nicaraguan elections last fall could have been a road to peace in a wartorn country, a stepping back from the slide towards totalitarianism.  They were not. The November 4 presidential election in Nicaragua has drawn remarkably little attention. The arrival of a Soviet ship at Port Corinto on November 7 initiated the "crisis" between [...]

The Nicaraguan elections last fall could have been a road to peace in a wartorn country, a stepping back from the slide towards totalitarianism.  They were not. The November 4 presidential election in Nicaragua has drawn remarkably little attention. The arrival of a Soviet ship at Port Corinto on November 7 initiated the "crisis" between [...]

"God as social democrat" is the theme of Newsweek's story on the first draft of the new pastoral letter by the U.S. Catholic bishops on the economy. That is as outrageous as: "God is a Republican." My phone has been ringing with calls from Catholics of many political viewpoints who fear that the bishops have [...]

Going Ape In O.R.

An imagined logical continuum connecting band-aids and artificial hearts serves to silence our objections to the current spate of medical experimentation. Organ transplants, suggestive though they are of body-snatchers and other Transylvanian types, have survived our first timid demurs. Interspecies transplants expand the spare parts image and invest "meaner than a junkyard dog" with new [...]

In the library the other day, I took another look at America, the Jesuit periodical, but there does not seem to have been any change under its new editor, George W. Hunt. The journal (paid circulation: 30,000) continues along its grey path of genteel apostasy, its sentiments and editorials deja vu in The New York [...]

By now every Catholic—everyone who can read—has seen reports about the bishops' pastoral letter on economics. And extensive analyses are sure to come. For now, just a few quick observations. First and foremost, the document discussed at the bishops' November meeting was a first draft. It was not a definitive statement. Indeed, the bishops repeatedly [...]

The debate in the United States about the crisis in my country, Nicaragua, is dangerously distorted. I have recently traveled across the country, speaking to college students, international affairs experts, labor leaders, businessmen and journalists. I was encouraged to find that the American people seem at last to grasp the importance of what is taking [...]

My brief and very general remarks are directed to the problem of the relationship between Christianity and the social order, particularly as it bears on matters of economic policy. The importance of this problem, to which no thoughtful Christian can be indifferent, has recently been brought to our attention by the bishops' decision to issue [...]

The alliance between Western Europe and North America derives its strength and acquires its meaning in this nuclear age, from the joint commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law. According to a study recently published by the Atlantic Council of the United States (The Teaching of Values and the Successor Generation, Washington, D.C., [...]

Walking slowly down "M" Street in Georgetown in mid-November, in the latter stages of gout, even while the Bishops were meeting at the Washington Hilton, I noticed an odd headline in a USA Today automatic kiosk. It blared, "Church Says We Must Practice What It Preaches." I checked this wording at the next kiosk too, [...]

Those of us who grew up wondering if there really was life west of the Hudson River would be hard pressed to name two or three newspapers whose editorial opinions carry the weight of the great grey lady of 43rd and Broadway. But there had to be a place somewhere, perhaps in what was called [...]

The Case of Baby Fae

The recent attempt to save the life of Baby Fae, who suffered from an immanently life-threatening cardiac condition, by implanting a baboon heart in her has stirred the emotions of all and has created a deep debate in the medical and ethical communities. Despite the virtually unanimous opinion of medical experts that the baboon heart [...]

Today's urban underclass, fast becoming a permanent part of the American scene, raises ethical questions as well as posing a significant political challenge for the future. Vast numbers of American Blacks and some Hispanics are the third and fourth generations of Americans living in the welfare sub-culture communities of our urban centers. Now as we [...]

Those who want a clue to help them follow the political battles of the new Congress should keep one key concept in mind: elections. Democracies define themselves by free, contested elections, of course, and the right of citizens to pick our leaders distinguishes this regime from its dangerous rivals. Our national elections identify goals and [...]

In the Soviet Union there is an old joke about two communists who are eager to eradicate religion. They hide in a church while an old babushka kneels at the altar and asks god to protect Brezhnev. Emerging from his hiding place, one communist says: "There is no God, babushka. Sixty years ago you prayed [...]

An Interview With William J. Bennett William J. Bennett was confirmed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities by the U.S. Senate in February 1982. He was formerly Director of the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy as well as a J.D. from Harvard [...]

Terrorism is the cancer of the modern world. No state is immune to it. It is a dynamic organism which attacks the healthy flesh of the surrounding society. It has the essential hallmark of malignant cancer: unless treated, and drastically, its growth is inexorable, until it poisons and engulfs the society on which it feeds [...]

The value of America to the cause of religion cannot be overestimated. This is a providential nation. How youthful and yet how great! How rich in glorious promise! A hundred years ago the States hardly exceeded the third million in population; today they approach the sixty-fifth million. Streams of immigration from the lands of the [...]

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