03/01/1985

Peter Flanigan has shown in America [January 5-12], 5-12], that there is a remarkable parallelism between the first draft of the bishops' pastoral letter and the lay letter on the U.S. economy. A substantive consensus is within reach. Nonetheless, a patch of philosophical analysis appears from time to time in the bishops' draft, which is [...]

Peter Flanigan has shown in America [January 5-12], 5-12], that there is a remarkable parallelism between the first draft of the bishops' pastoral letter and the lay letter on the U.S. economy. A substantive consensus is within reach. Nonetheless, a patch of philosophical analysis appears from time to time in the bishops' draft, which is [...]

When I was a boy, pastoral letters were read from the pulpit on a Sunday in all our churches. They replaced the usual sermon and took a bit longer to read, though not much longer. Only the pastoral letter read on the first Sunday of Lent took longer. It was a subtle reminder of the [...]

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin has done it again. In Chicago there has been a good deal of violence in the streets of late, with teen-age gangs engaging in what can only be called warfare. Even if he had not chaired the U. S. bishops' committee which issued the pastoral letter on war and peace, we should [...]

It used to be a commonplace observation that most religious thinkers were slightly out of touch with reality. Steeped in idealism and isolated from the rough and tumble of everyday life, pious souls saw the world as simpler and better than it really was. There were plenty of exceptions to the rule, to be sure, [...]

Note: The following interview came to me from an anonymous source. Because of the importance of the subject of the interview, and because certain portions of it are distinctly timely, it seemed to me to be worth transcribing and bringing to the attention of a wider readership. Although I would certainly like to know the [...]

Ambassador Kirkpatrick has in recent years clearly expressed the position of the United States on the phenomenon of "selective indignation," so common in United Nations pronouncements on the subject of human rights. What she has pointed out is that resolutions are adopted which condemn certain human rights violations or alleged human rights violations in the [...]

What is striking about scripture, often, I think, is its sense that what we have is first given to us. Isaiah, for instance, will say, "The Spirit of the Lord is given to me..." (61, 1). Paul will say to the Thessalonians, not merely that they should "think before they do anything" — which seems [...]

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