12/01/1986

Report on the final draft (June 1986) of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter "Economic Justice for All" by the Lay Commission on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy William E. Simon and Michael Novak, Co-chairmen This lay commission has studied the final draft of the U.S. Catholic bishops' letter, "Economic Justice for All: [...]

Report on the final draft (June 1986) of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter "Economic Justice for All" by the Lay Commission on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy William E. Simon and Michael Novak, Co-chairmen This lay commission has studied the final draft of the U.S. Catholic bishops' letter, "Economic Justice for All: [...]

The question of the bourgeois involves a real issue which Christians cannot afford to shirk. For it is difficult to deny that there is a fundamental disharmony between bourgeois and Christian civilization and between the mind of the bourgeois and the mind of Christ. But first let us admit that it is no use hunting [...]

Michael J. Wrenn “Rene Laurentin has now turned his attention to the two Infancy Gospels with the sound scholarship, perceptiveness and deep spiritual penetration which characterize his work. . . . With this book the Infancy Gospels are restored to us with a new life.” — Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the Preface to Laurentin's book [...]

Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, in the October 18 issue of America, has published a piece entitled "The Church in Worldly Affairs: Tensions Between Laity and Clergy." Much popular press reaction has linked that essay to a "progressive" vs. "conservative" ecclesiological conflict within Church leadership. That is understandable enough, for Archbishop Weakland seems clearly to [...]

In G.K. Chesterton's essay, "Dickens and Christmas," we read that "in fighting for Christmas, he [Dickens] was fighting for the old European festival, Pagan and Christian, for that trinity of eating, drinking and praying which to moderns appears irreverent, for the holy day which is really a holiday." What strikes me about this particular passage [...]

The image he invited of himself was that of a wraithlike figure, moving among the stacks of a great library, no longer sure of the difference between what he reads and the rest of reality. "El universo (que otros llaman la Biblioteca) se compone . . ." ["The universe (which others call the library) is [...]

In fact it was a Christmas card that delivered her searing message. Under the words of holiday cheer she penned a few breezy lines, the last of which was, "Guess what? I have cancer, darn it!" Confronted with a terrifying diagnosis she was seized by neither despair nor self pity but exasperation. Cancer was a [...]

Within the Catholic Church, especially in the United States, feminism is a hot topic. I have only recently realized that it can also be a hot property; there's serious money to be made in the feminism business. Back in early October, a group called Time Consultants, Inc. held a conference at the elegant Shoreham Hotel, [...]

The young punk looks up from the practice pool game he's been shooting by himself and sees the nattily dressed fat man studying him. "You ever play?" the punk asks tauntingly, well knowing whom he's addressing. "Once in a while," smiles the fat man, sketching a self-deprecating gesture with his cigarette. "I'm the best there [...]

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