01/01/1986

Bishops in the Dark

After several decades of issuing ecclesiastical proclamations such as "Field Education in the Catholic Seminary," "The Homily and the Sunday Assembly," and "Liturgical Music Today," the American Catholic bishops have chosen to enter the public policy arena, with two pastoral letters which challenge the basic tenets of U.S. defense and economic policy. The letter on [...]

Bishops in the Dark

After several decades of issuing ecclesiastical proclamations such as "Field Education in the Catholic Seminary," "The Homily and the Sunday Assembly," and "Liturgical Music Today," the American Catholic bishops have chosen to enter the public policy arena, with two pastoral letters which challenge the basic tenets of U.S. defense and economic policy. The letter on [...]

The Synod in Rome: What to Look For To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John Paul II has convened an Extraordinary Synod in Rome November 25-December 8, in which leading bishops from every part of the world will take part. How shall we interpret it? No bishop in the Church [...]

Not much notice was taken recently when Lon Nol died his second death — the real death, the physical one. On the other hand, a lot of attention was paid 10 years ago when he died his first death — the political one, the one that resulted in the transformation of the country then known [...]

While we're all waiting for the Department of Defense to come out with a pastoral letter on the NCCB, perhaps we can investigate why the bishops of this country vote on policy papers without either education or staff preparation for the vote. That NCCB meetings are beginning to seem like sessions of Congress is upsetting [...]

On January 22nd, the thirteenth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions legalizing abortion will be memorialized by rallies, prayer vigils, and the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C. Exactly one lunar month earlier, on December 25th, the nation celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. But Our Savior didn't enter human history when He [...]

The recent meeting of the American Catholic bishops at the Capital Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C., was a contest of progressive proclamation. The auxiliaries and most reverends reveled in the press attention, trying to outdo each other in the hyperbole of their accusations against their coun­try. "Where is the social justice in America?" "Flow can [...]

During a coffee break at the Old Post Office Building in Washington, I chanced into a conversation with Mr. Marcus Cohn, the noted communications lawyer, and Mr. George Farr of the Staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mr. Cohn was congratulating Mr. Farr because he was, like Mr. Cohn, sporting a bow tie. [...]

Editor's Note: Prince Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi is the elected leader of South Africa's KwaZulu tribe, which, with a population of almost 6 million, is South Africa's largest. In 1975 he helped found Inkatha, a mass organization of Blacks committed to the abolition of apartheid. Prince Euthelezi presently serves as the elected leader of Inkatha.  The [...]

Many Catholics in the United States and Canada are concerned about the future of our colleges and universities. They know that many of them have ceased being Catholic in any real sense — though they may retain an honorable religious name — and that most of the others are succumbing to a greater or lesser [...]

A public campaign to legalize suicide, assisted suicide and mercy killing is gathering force. On the CMS program Face the Nation, Derek Humphry, the executive director of the Hemlock Society, announced that his organization is in­troducing legislation in Florida and California to repeal suicide and assisted suicide laws and give legal permission to physi­cians to [...]

The proposed schema for a Pontifical Document on 1 Catholic Universities is sure to generate anew discussion governing the nature of the Catholic university and its relation­ship to the Magisterium. The schema has already provoked considerable opposition. For some its appearance is regarded as belated, at least as far as the United States is concerned. [...]

Some years ago, when I sat on the Board of Regents of a well-known Catholic women’s' college, the question of parietals, and more generally of a moral code suitable to the student body, was regularly brought before the board. After one of these sessions, one of my fellow regents, the president of another women’s' college and [...]

What are the proper roles and limits of dissent? What are the demands of orthodoxy? These have become, once again, basic questions for all Catholics. "No longer can we speak about the perennial theology or the perennial philosophy," writes one distinguished American Catholic theologian, whose work and practice I very much ad­mire. "There are many [...]

It may seem appropriate for a pastor to be parochial but a member of the Second Extraordinary Synod, which met in Rome from November 24 until December 8, had to lift his sights, and spirit, to a universal perspective. Announced by John Paul II on January 25, 1985, the Feast of the Conversion of St. [...]

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