06/01/1987

Unlike the first federal judges, whose formal legal education was likely to have been very limited indeed — John Marshall was largely self-educated in the law and John Jay, the first chief justice, learned his in an office--today's judges come from the schools where they are formally instructed in the various branches of the law, [...]

Unlike the first federal judges, whose formal legal education was likely to have been very limited indeed — John Marshall was largely self-educated in the law and John Jay, the first chief justice, learned his in an office--today's judges come from the schools where they are formally instructed in the various branches of the law, [...]

That God is being removed more and more from the public forum is not simply a matter of chance. It is part of the secularization process going on in our society. While this process has been underway at least since the dawn of the modern era, it is being especially abetted today by a philosophical [...]

Stephen Jay Gould's essay in the New York Times Magazine of April 19 is normal in the sense that it runs to about the same length as most of his widely read notes on evolution. Gould displays his mastery of saying an awful lot in a short space, in this case a single "magazine" page [...]

There is something particularly exhilarating in looking at one's own country as it is reflected in the mirror of another culture. And there are special opportunities for such enhanced vision when an American is overseas during a turbulent episode in the political life of the United States. I was in Italy for most of December [...]

I have worked with Michael Novak on five books and countless articles, speeches, and columns. Like my predecessors, I occasionally wonder whether reviewers are reading different versions of Novak's books than mine. Criticizing his, or anyone else's views is usually helpful; such debate is the essence of civilization. But little is served by ignoring or [...]

I've learned that there's a difference sometimes in what President Reagan says and what he does on social issues…. He'll speak against abortion when the marchers are here, but he doesn't go all out. How many times, when we're voting on a critical abortion issue, has he said, 'I've got to have this one,' as [...]

The revitalization of our federal system of government promises to be one of the enduring legacies of the administration of Ronald Reagan. Certainly it has been an essential ingredient in its electoral success. Ronald Reagan has understood the essence of federalism in a way that few other conservative public figures have in recent decades. Until [...]

Question: In what do you see the main task of Christians' struggle for a more just world in general and in Latin American countries in particular, and how does the liberation theology contribute to this effort? Ernesto Cardenal: First of all I should like to say that your movement, Christian Peace Conference, help us Christians [...]

Saturday, May 9 was extraordinarily bright and sunny in New York. There was more activity than usual near LaGuardia Airport, as large black limousines buzzed in and around the side roads and heavy traffic clogged the Grand Central Parkway. It was so congested that there was the danger that guests at the very small and [...]

Let me first of all thank you for welcoming me J among you. I was glad to receive your invitation because I have a strong desire to know the Worker Mission, not only from without, but also — even if two days cannot suffice for it — from within. I want to convey to you [...]

In spring an old man's thoughts turn to apocalypse, of course, but in recent years he finds that many have been there before him. Indeed, for much of my adult life I have been hearing dire predictions of the imminent end of all we hold dear. There is even a kind of comfort to be [...]

Ernesto Cardenal, the priest admonished by the  Pope on the runway in Managua a few years ago, has written that Fidel Castro exhibits the qualities of a "Christian prophet." Astonishingly, some North American Christians believe this. In the Jesuit magazine America Andrew A. Reding has recently written of Castro: "Here is one of those very [...]

In his Autobiography, G.K. Chesterton, who as he tells us was in despair as a young man, decided finally that he had had enough of this pessimistic thought and had decided to revolt against it. He found very little help from the standard sources, he recalled: But as I was still thinking the thing out by [...]

Screenplay by Louis Marx and Giles Foster Directed by Giles Foster A B. B.C. Film Compared to Protestants, cradle Catholics must seem nostalgic, fatalistic, complacent. Saved at infancy, they can spend the rest of their lives merely consolidating. Since consolidation isn't dramatic, no wonder Catholic novelists and playwrights exert their ingenuity devising ever new ways [...]

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