09/01/1985

A Reverie, by George Weigel Author's Note: This astonishing interview with President Reagan, recently conducted by Sam Donaldson of ABC News, has come into my possession through means best left to the reader's imagination. Donaldson, whom cartoonist Garry Trudeau has aptly lampooned as the "Human Megaphone," is a notoriously crusty questioner; one would like to [...]

A Reverie, by George Weigel Author's Note: This astonishing interview with President Reagan, recently conducted by Sam Donaldson of ABC News, has come into my possession through means best left to the reader's imagination. Donaldson, whom cartoonist Garry Trudeau has aptly lampooned as the "Human Megaphone," is a notoriously crusty questioner; one would like to [...]

It is a new tactic for Foreign Ministers of nations to go on a fast for peace, but it is a wonderful propaganda ploy. The Maryknoll priest who is Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, Miguel D'Escoto, is valued by his order as a propaganda weapon. This is, in any case, the argument that the Superior General [...]

To many the idea of bringing the intellect fully into action in religion seems almost repellent. The intellect seems so cold and measured and measuring, and the will so warm and glowing. Indeed the joy of the will is always figured in terms of warmth—such words as ardor, fervor and the like come from Latin [...]

The Terrorist Outlaw

As this article is being written from Europe, the events of just the first few days of this month provide a macabre endorsement of its theme. In Brussels itself, a group called the Fighting Communist Cells detonated its third bomb in less than a week. Over in Germany, the Red Army Faction blasted a French [...]

Why do Catholics always kneel in the back pew? In fact, why do almost all churchgoers sit in the last row? Do they hope to go unnoticed, or wish to be the last in the building and the first out? Do they hope that the preacher will not look them in the eye, or the [...]

As I begin to write, I am riding on a fast train along the river Rhine, making my way from Holland to an old "Schloss" near Lake Constance in Austria, where I am to speak at a summer school on the future of European-American relations. The train is not very crowded; the camping sites along [...]

An Anonymous World Citizen With a Reply by Mark Falcoff Editor's Note: On June 2 an advertisement appeared in the New York Times, sponsored by the Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America (PRODEMCA) under the title, "Democracy Is the Issue in Nicaragua." It stated that "there are many issues in the present debate [...]

During the 1970s, many Catholic women religious entered what they called "political ministry" in order to work for social justice. Such ministry was mandated, they believed, by the Second Vatican Council and the subsequent publication of two important Church documents—"A Call to Action" by Pope Paul VI and "Justice in the World" by the General [...]

A Report from "Solidarity" Editor's Note: Over the last year the situation in Poland has changed dramatically. Where a year ago there was optimism about the possibility of reform—the Jaruzelski government had even passed special legislation for a special church-administered fund to channel Western aid to Polish farmers—the climate today is bitter. There was, of [...]

Editor's Note: The analysis of the crisis in Nicaragua printed below is part of an effort by individuals from across a broad range of the political spectrum to bring peace with freedom to the Nicaraguan people. This effort has produced the present analysis and an allied initiative known as the APPEAL FOR PEACE THROUGH NEGOTIATIONS [...]

Editor's Note: The following letter from distinguished author James A. Michener to media critic Dorothy Rabinowitz was recently obtained by C in C. Mr. Michener raises searching questions concerning the television coverage of the hijacking of TWA flight 847 this summer and concerning the manipulation of the hostages by their Shiite captors. With the kind [...]

On the way back to California from Washington, last summer, I decided to take a Greyhound at least part of the way. The bus went through lovely Western Maryland, to Cumberland of fond memories, up through Morgantown, the "Penn Alps," to Clarksburg and Parkersburg in West Virginia, across the Ohio River to Athens in Ohio, [...]

Don't look now, but our bishops are thinking about writing a pastoral letter. When the bishops met in Collegeville this past June for their annual brainstorming session, Archbishop Weakland presented a progress report on behalf of his committee, which is drafting the pastoral letter on economics. His report contained several very intriguing suggestions. First, he [...]

Yesterday I was characterized by a stranger as indifferent and aloof. The allegation was hotly denied by our mutual acquaintance who replied that, whatever my faults, I am the soul of amiability. Wherefore the distortion? My defamer monitors me at Mass and my reserved response of the Sign of Peace inflames her. She broadcasts my [...]

Return of the Native

Rambo: First Blood, Part II. Written by James Cameron and Sylvester Stallone. Directed by George P. Cosmatos. Tri-Star Films. Reviewed by Richard Alleva                       "RAMBO, AMERICA'S HERO, WANTS YOU" —Advertisement for the movie "What you call hell, he calls home." —Dialogue from Rambo; also used [...]

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