03/01/1986

Twenty years ago last summer I joined the Catholic Church. I came by way of Methodism with a brief stop in Episcopalianism. The catalyst in the final move to Rome was, as in most of our big decisions, a person, in my case an uncoercive but inspiring husband. This was not a surprising route. On [...]

Twenty years ago last summer I joined the Catholic Church. I came by way of Methodism with a brief stop in Episcopalianism. The catalyst in the final move to Rome was, as in most of our big decisions, a person, in my case an uncoercive but inspiring husband. This was not a surprising route. On [...]

While the American church ponders economic in- equities and nuclear conflagration, Catholics in the Third World haggle over a different agenda. The issue being debated by the hierarchy and laity in much of Africa and Asia is "inculturation" — the question of how to fuse Roman Catholicism with predominantly pagan cultures eager to forget their [...]

The UN Decade for Women World Conference and the Non-government Organizations Forum held concurrently in Nairobi, Kenya in July, 1985, constituted a lost opportunity for the Western democracies and for Chris­tians in particular. These meetings could have been a showcase for democracy and religious freedom, and for the promotion of pro-life, pro-family policies. Instead, what [...]

The economic inequality between the northern and southern hemispheres is increasingly threatening the survival of the family of mankind; in the long run this may be no less a menace to the progress of history than are the arsenals of weapons with which East and West are already confronting one another. And thus new efforts [...]

There is much talk these days about the relationship between religion and society, between faith and politics, between the church and the world. Within the Catholic church this debate often centers around how one interprets the documents of the Second Vatican Council. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doc­trine of the Faith of [...]

“We live in an age that is frightened by the very idea of certitude," Richard Weaver observed in 1984. Insofar as the certitude to which Weaver referred was spiritual and religious, he was right. Since the late 1800s, the ascendant belief has been that "progress demand[s] life in the tentative mood, incessantly questioning," according to [...]

Written by Kurt Luedtke Directed by Sydney Pollack A Universal Picture Love and art create strange countries. The only way tourists can get in is by hiring the creators of those countries to conduct guided tours. You buy the book and read it. Isak Dinesen's Africa is not on any map. Her Kenya existed only [...]

The United States, Daniel Patrick Moynihan pointed out many years ago, is the only major nation without a fami­ly policy. It looks as if the nation is suddenly going to get one, if President Reagan has his way And just in time. The fastest-growing segment of the poor in the U.S. consists of young single [...]

Eleanor Smeal was invited, then disinvited, then re-invited, to speak at the Catholic University of America. Ms. Smeal is an advocate of abortion on demand and generally in favor of things inimical to Catholic belief and practice. The Smeal matter became something of a media event when some students objected to the invitation; they were [...]

My daughter, who attends a prestigious Catholic university, recently lost her roommate. The girl moved across the hall to accommodate better sexual trysts with her boyfriend. Occupying the intended room is another "sexual­ly active" student, whose roommate moved in with my daughter to complete the switch. The game of musical beds was carried out with [...]

April 9, 1773, was Good Friday. For breakfast, James Boswell and Samuel Johnson had “tea and cross-buns.” From their morning repast they went to the lovely Church of St. Clement Danes, where Johnson had a "seat." During the service, Boswell carefully observed Johnson and judged his demeanor to be "solemnly devout." Boswell went on: "I [...]

Christa McAuliffe was only one of the seven astronauts who died aboard the shuttle Challenger. Perhaps the families and friends of the other six, torn by their own private grief, occasionally resent all the attention that we have lavished on this one woman. The other six, too, left grieving wives and children and parents and [...]

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