06/01/1986

Let me begin by stating my thesis directly: The teconomic system that Latin Americans will always choose, given a full opportunity, will be a combination of statism and populism. Though both Marxism and free enterprise have important and well-placed advocates, neither system appeals to Latin Americans in general, and both can be imposed only by [...]

Let me begin by stating my thesis directly: The teconomic system that Latin Americans will always choose, given a full opportunity, will be a combination of statism and populism. Though both Marxism and free enterprise have important and well-placed advocates, neither system appeals to Latin Americans in general, and both can be imposed only by [...]

“Why’d you do that?” Lester yelled. "Do what?" I replied. "Ya folded my drawing! Ya didn't have to do that!" The whole thing was bizarre, right? Here was a kid in a man-sized body having a baby-sized tantrum over a folded sheet of paper. Lester kept pacing back and forth furiously waving his drawing in [...]

Shortly before the Civil War, Henry Timrod lamented the fate of the "poor scribbler so unfortunate as to be born south of the Potomac," for it was a firm conviction in the North, he said, that genius "is an exotic that will not flower on southern soil." His judgment, of course, was premature, for it [...]

Sister Marita Carew, RSHM is President of the Executive Committee of the New York Archdiocesan Council of Women Religious, a position to which she was elected in 1985. She is also Provincial Superior of the Eastern American Province of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, presently serving her second three-year term. Sisters of [...]

In recent times many people, including Christians, have experienced a shift in their concept of sin — from a personal to a social approach. This clearly signifies a sharper conscience with regard to social injustice, but it also implies a diminishing awareness of personal sin. Many men and women believe that sin is just a [...]

You learn, to your surprise, that surgery is indicated. Minor, but requiring general anesthesia, and there's the rub. To you, the prospect of extinguishing the light carries with it the real possibility it will not go on again. But there seems no option; the alternative is to risk detection of cancer. So you agree, and [...]

Late spring and summer become, with age, times of commemoration. Class reunions, anniversaries of one graduation or another and, for many, a visit to the town where we grew up. Some move from a small town to the city, but I went from Minneapolis — which, together with St. Paul and the swarming suburbs, makes [...]

Written and directed by Woody Allen An Orion Release Because storytellers make the world a happier place to live in, we in turn wish storytellers much happiness. But they should leave all the well-wishing to us. Because if storytellers start wishing themselves well by proxy, by providing their characters with happy destinies in no way [...]

The other day I received from Terry Hall at Catholicism in Crisis something of an assignment. During Lent, it seems, Terry had been reading The Private Prayers of Lancelot Andrewes. A certain passage kept recurring in them which went, in the Morning Prayer, "A good answer at the dreadful and fearful judgment seat of Jesus [...]

If this is contempt of court, let's hope we're all guilty. Back in 1980, a pro-abortion activist named Lawrence Lader brought suit against the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of the Treasury, and (for good measure) the Roman Catholic Church, attempting to strip the Church of its tax-exempt status. Lader and his organization, the Abortion [...]

In View

Sanctuary Support On May 1, Sister Darlene Nicgorski, a School Sister of St. Francis, was convicted of smuggling illegal aliens to sanctuary in this country. (Several other sanctuary workers, including two priests, were found guilty in the same case.) On May 2, Sister Darlene held a press conference in New York, re-affirming her dedication to [...]

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