05/01/1985

Back in the Sixties, when the first wave of Baby Boomers was rioting and draft-card burning and drug taking, articles were written tracing their behavior to the indulgence of their parents. Post-war mothers and fathers, many of them more permissive than their own parents, and with money enough to put their permissive principles into practice, [...]

Back in the Sixties, when the first wave of Baby Boomers was rioting and draft-card burning and drug taking, articles were written tracing their behavior to the indulgence of their parents. Post-war mothers and fathers, many of them more permissive than their own parents, and with money enough to put their permissive principles into practice, [...]

The temptation to join in the Great Yuppie Debate of 1985 is hard to resist. Newsweek's now-famous cover story on young urban professionals [December 31, 1984] did not start the discussions but did move it to a higher level of intensity. After all, it's not every day that one gets to speculate about people like [...]

In the middle ages, a moving metaphor of life was found in the flight of a bird through the great banquet hall of a castle: out of the dark, a momentary enjoyment of light and warmth and merriment, then into the dark again. My candidate as substitute for this forceful image is the oases on [...]

Even Walter Mondale asserts that President Reagan is clever on television, but the good Vice-President doesn't know the half of it. For two years in a row, while seeming to be their friend in Washington, President Reagan has succeeded in getting more tax revenue from the rich than any President before him. The man charms [...]

Even if we could, still we should be shrinking from our plain duty, Gentlemen, did we leave out literature from education. For why do we educate, except to prepare for the world? Why do we cultivate the intellect of the many beyond the first elements of knowledge, except for this world? Will it be much [...]

Between 1969 and 1982 I had the privilege of participating in several different Christian base communities, particularly in Nicaragua and Panama, but also briefly visiting others in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru. Despite their differences, there were certain common characteristics. Usually a team of priests and sisters would begin by applying the theory [...]

Since the late 1960's, the decline in the number of vocations to the priesthood has received a lot of publicity. The Catholic press and the secular news media have frequently reported alarming statistics about the current vocations "crisis" and the severe shortage of priests that is to come as today's clergy leave the active ministry [...]

Are there any universities in America today? The question should not come as an old idle one to anyone familiar with the Victorian classic The Idea of a University, written in 1854 by Father John Henry Newman (thereafter to become Cardinal Newman). Even to read the first page of Newman's profound definition of what a [...]

In November 19, 1984 the New York Times published an editorial entitled "Censors in Feminist Garb" which warned of the threat to the Republic emanating from Suffolk County, Long Island. Here "a strange alliance of bluenosed censors and a branch of the feminist movement" was lobbying to outlaw the sale of reading material containing "graphic [...]

Distorting history is one of the most common tactics of Leninist governments: According to their doctrine it is justifiable to lie about history to advance the cause of the state. It may be in part the regularity with which such people as Miguel d'Escoto, Nicaragua's foreign minister, bend history that explains why they are not [...]

In Trenton, not too long ago, not far from the State of New Jersey government buildings, by the Delaware River, I was in a lovely old stone church, beautiful inside, the oldest Catholic Church in that state, as its good Pastor, Msgr. Leonard Toomey told me. Sacred Heart, as I looked it up, dates from [...]

Now that the 99th Congress is in full gear, spokesmen for Catholic interests should be making their voices heard around Capitol Hill. And they are. But with what effect? This spring, American farmers asked for help from Uncle Sam. A few thousand farmers pulled into Washington, led by a handful of lobbyists. Within less than [...]

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