07/01/1986

I have done it. Born an Indianapolis Hoosier forty-four years ago, I have finally been to the 500 Mile Race. Although I took in the qualifying trials two or three times, and in my brief career as a part-time reporter I met some of the drivers, never had I seen a race. But I am [...]

I have done it. Born an Indianapolis Hoosier forty-four years ago, I have finally been to the 500 Mile Race. Although I took in the qualifying trials two or three times, and in my brief career as a part-time reporter I met some of the drivers, never had I seen a race. But I am [...]

“Baby Jesus Saved by Plastic Reindeer.” That should have been among the many headlines of March 6, 1984 heralding the Supreme Court's most celebrated church-state ruling of the eighties. At least, that is precisely what the decision amounted to. The Court concluded that, were it not for the inclusion of such "secular" figures as Rudolph [...]

There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals," said Chesterton. "The real American is all right: it is the ideal American who is all wrong." Was that just another of his famous paradoxes? After all, ideals are usually held in high esteem, even while we regret people's failure to live up to them in [...]

Dr. Glenn Olsen's recent article in these pages ["Marriage — The Mystery of Faithful Love: von Hildebrand's Thought Revisited,'" January] reveals much about Catholic attitudes toward marriage but little about its divinely intended essence. For Dr. Olsen emphasizes one theme that has characterized Catholic attitudes for nearly two millennia: a certain suspicion of marriage in [...]

Nowadays, people seem to think that schools can achieve inherently contradictory aims. For example, educators in Catholic schools often blithely pass over the friction between their desire to teach students to be tolerant of people who hold different values and the school's stated purpose of enhancing the students' appreciation of religion. Nor do such educators [...]

Cartegena, Colombia June 8-9, 1983  1.  INITIAL ACTIONS Priest — Liberation and peace in the name of the Father of the oppressed and Jesus our Brother, for all those present here and for all of the People. Response — Yes, let peace and liberation come for all the oppressed of our fatherland and the world. P [...]

A recent television film about teenage drug addiction effectively and sympathetically portrayed the "tough love" of the parents of self-destructive and rebellious youths. The film focused on two young drug users, a boy and a girl who are romantically involved, and whose common bond is their rebellion against their families and their drug and "punk [...]

Bill Cosby once said, in one of his nightclub routines, that he was one of nine children, and until he was eleven he thought his name was "shut-up." In an age of small families, that was a side-splitting line. A child allowed to be unknown? In our time, every child is examined, measured, weighed, tested, [...]

Don’t even think of eating your lunch on the steps of the Church of St. Andrew, which faces the broad plaza now called Cardinal Hayes Place in downtown Manhattan. For visitors to the plaza — bordered on the north by Pearl Street and just a shout from the Brooklyn Bridge — the steps of St. [...]

For a course I gave recently on political philosophy and natural law, one of the books I had wanted to read, or reread, with my good class was C. S. Lewis's The Abolition of Man, a book I realized I had not taken a look at for some time, though its powerful theme has almost [...]

I have nothing against apostates and heretics. Some of the nicest people I know are apostates or heretics. In fact, at certain times in my life I was either an apostate or a heretic. I think I was about 18 when I "became" an apostate, a state I subsequently found not only unsatisfactory, but also [...]

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