04/01/1986

Mankind has just endured another cataclysm. In the last two years, an estimated one-half million humans have perished in quiet misery on the tortured grasslands of Africa. And, tragically, despite an avalanche of attention and concern, most of the world has failed to recognize the simplest truth about the event: The deaths were needless, entirely [...]

Mankind has just endured another cataclysm. In the last two years, an estimated one-half million humans have perished in quiet misery on the tortured grasslands of Africa. And, tragically, despite an avalanche of attention and concern, most of the world has failed to recognize the simplest truth about the event: The deaths were needless, entirely [...]

The typical farmer in the U.S. understands the real problem: abundance. Food production is now so great and food stocks in the world so high that U.S. farmers are suffering economically. Agriculture yields per-acre have continued to rise throughout most of this century and this has been accomplished with a rapidly decreasing propor­tion of the [...]

The Catholic Church is told repeatedly, sometimes plaintively, sometimes angrily, by homosexuals as well as by supportive priests and even bishops, that it must listen to the homosexual. The earnest demand seems to hint at some great secret that will altogether change our perception of the homosexual. It also carries the faint sug­gestion that the [...]

In Latin countries and well beyond, Georges Bernanos fills today a role similar to that of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton in the Anglo-Saxon world. Books by the two Englishmen have prompted innumerable soul searches and conversions — lucid and intelligent conversions, since in the last two decades new Catholics had no illusions about the turmoil [...]

Would world government make the world safe from nuclear war? If so, at what cost? The American Catholic bishops, in their pastoral letter on nuclear arms, The Challenge of Peace, recommended disar­mament and world government as the long-term moral solu­tion to the nuclear threat. This is not surprising, inasmuch as the current international system, characterized [...]

American bishops have often clashed with members of the Reagan administration, and Nicaragua has often been the focus of those disputes. But rarely has the conflict been as sharp — and as shocking —as the recent exchange that took place between Elliott Abrams, the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas [...]

George F. Kennan's "Morality and Foreign Policy" in the Winter (1985) Foreign Affairs, drawn to its radical conclusions, dramatically reverses the argu­ment Mr. Kennan made thirty-eight years ago under the pseudonym Mr. X, proposing the "containment" of the Soviet Union. Today, Mr. Kennan wishes to "contain" the United States within very narrow bounds. Making no [...]

Traveling from the West to West Berlin to attend a 1 conference, you are advised to go by air, to avoid the irksome border formalities of the East German Volkspolizei. You can fly to the former German capital from any of three West German airports, on Pan-Am, British Airways, or Air France. You will pass [...]

Written by Dennis Potter Directed by Gavin Millar A Universal Picture It’s odd. At a time when most movies are made for teenagers, and are as frantic as a game of Pac-Man and as disposable as Kleenex, not one but two movies in current release (from the same studio!) feature superb performances by actors playing [...]

James Jones lived in Paris from 1958 to 1974. That the author of From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle spent sixteen years in the City of Light is one of those facts difficult to comprehend. Frank MacShane, author of Into Eternity, a biography of Jones, tells us that the novelist and [...]

Bishop Frank Harrison of the Syracuse, New .1-.) York diocese has halted the celebration of Mass in the Tridentine rite. According to news reports, the decision to discontinue this practice, allowed under the Papal Indult, was based on the belief that the Mass had become the occa­sion for dissenters to question the legitimacy of the [...]

Five years ago, all Washington was abuzz with the prospects for the "Reagan Revolution." Today, my friends in Washington still occasionally use the phrase: "the Reagan Revolution." They still use the future tense. Why do the President's most ardent supporters invent excuses for his failure to meet their expectations? Why do Reaganites always blame members [...]

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