07/01/1985

What is it about Charles Murray's Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980 (Basic Books, 1984) that has evoked such violent reactions? After initial shock at its publication last September, liberals have countered with a cataract of criticism. Socialist Michael Harrington denigrates Murray's use of statistics as "shoddy scholarship." Archbishop Rembert Weakland, chairman of the committee [...]

What is it about Charles Murray's Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950-1980 (Basic Books, 1984) that has evoked such violent reactions? After initial shock at its publication last September, liberals have countered with a cataract of criticism. Socialist Michael Harrington denigrates Murray's use of statistics as "shoddy scholarship." Archbishop Rembert Weakland, chairman of the committee [...]

There is no excuse for anyone to write fiction for public consumption unless he has been called to do so by the presence of a gift. It is the nature of fiction not to be good for much unless it is good in itself. A gift of any kind is a considerable responsibility. It is [...]

In Sao Paulo, Brazil, late in May, scheduled to present a lecture on "Creation Theology in Latin America" in the ninth-floor auditorium of the city's major left-wing paper, La Folha do Sao Paulo, I was subjected to my first international demonstration. Earlier, some left-wing editors had opposed giving a democratic capitalist such as myself any [...]

When president Duarte of El Salvador spoke at the Notre Dame commencement in May, there was a protest march featuring local and imported people appalled at conditions in the speaker's county. A ragtag parade, consisting largely of people in their late thirties or older, their dress suggesting that the highest social status they could claim [...]

Our older daughter Catherine was recently confirmed. She asked to wear for the occasion an antique dress that an elderly cousin had worn for her high school graduation in 1910. The dress is white batiste, a tiny-waited model fitted in with small tucks, trimmed with embroidery and inserts of lace, fastened down the back with [...]

What would happen if the USCC suddenly ceased to exist? Imagine that, somehow, the building at 1312 Massachusetts Avenue simply vanished, complete with all its inhabitants. Imagine, further, that no mention of the disappearance appeared in the news. How quickly would ordinary Catholic Americans notice that something was missing? No, this is not simply an [...]

Russell Hittinger, whose father, grandfather, and other relatives are buried in Arlington Cemetery, had mentioned to Michael Jackson and Terry Hall a couple of months ago the existence, somewhere in the cemetery of a monument to Southern soldiers. I believe one of them even asked me to translate the Latin inscription on it. This is [...]

They don't close streets in New York when the President comes to visit, but they pretty much stopped the City the other day for Brigit Gerney. Brigit Gerney is 49, she has an eleven-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. Her husband died of cancer two years ago. That's about all we know about Brigit Gerney; [...]

Editor's Note: The remarks that follow were occasioned by Bishop John S. Cummin's invitation to comment on the first draft of the pastoral letter on the American economy. Bishop Cummins is the Ordinary of the Diocese of Oakland. Aaion Wildaysky is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California at Berkley. [...]

Editor's Note: The speech that follows was given by Most Rev. Rene Gracida, Bishop of Corpus Christi, at a National Conference of Christians and Jews banquet in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is reprinted here with permission of Bishop Gracida. I have given a name to this speech. I have called it "Brotherhood 1985." It is [...]

My book The Pope and The Jesuits was published in the fall of 1984, after having first seen the light of day as an excerpt in Catholicism in Crisis (July 1984), Since then numerous people have asked me how the Jesuits themselves have reacted to the book, especially in view of the fact that I [...]

The title refers to the last book that Thomas Merton I himself had prepared for publication. There have of course been certain posthumous works released since the death of the famed Trappist monk, Dec. 10, 1968, while attending a conference on monasticism in the Far East. Moreover, the Merton publishing industry promises to be lively [...]

Editor's note: The following remarks were originally delivered in April on the occasion of a Jesuit Day of Renewal, a gathering of several Jesuit groups in the Cincinnati area. We print them here with the kind and indulgent permission of the Jesuits of Cincinnati. While I was flattered by the invitation to share some of [...]

Editor's Note: The article that follows is Msgr. George Higgins' syndicated column, The Yardstick, which appeared in several Catholic newspapers in April. (Copyright 1985 by NC News Service. Reprinted by permission.) Msgr. Higgins criticizes Catholicism in Crisis for taking exception to some statements by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in the Chicago Catholic—statements we thought (despite the [...]

It is not analytically difficult to see how Catholic religion I should influence democratic politics, as was shown in part one of this essay (Catholicism in Crisis, June 1985). But the task has become historically complex inasmuch as crucial distinctions have been blurred. To restore some clarity, we need to remind ourselves of certain basic [...]

John Paul II in the Netherlands  From May 11th to the 15th, four cold and windy days, Pope John Paul II made his 26th Apostolic Pilgrimage to the Netherlands. It has, no doubt, been a moving and memorable pastoral visit; but how does one measure its success or failure? By the crowds who turned out [...]

On August 6, 1945 the United States of America, at war with the Empire of Japan, dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Captain Robert A. Lewis, the copilot of the Enola Gay, viewed the explosion over Hiroshima from the window [...]

It is a good thing that the second draft of the bishops' pastoral has been delayed. There are several errors of fact and doubtful interpretation in the first draft, to which there really had not been sufficient time to call attention, given the press of other issues. The errors of fact I have in mind [...]

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