03/01/1987

June 1983 You know, I really loved the place. And things were going so very well. I'd won a Faculty Research Grant. I'd been picked for summer teaching. I had been asked to develop a course for the honors program, and worked in its guided research division as well. I'd had some other research grants. [...]

June 1983 You know, I really loved the place. And things were going so very well. I'd won a Faculty Research Grant. I'd been picked for summer teaching. I had been asked to develop a course for the honors program, and worked in its guided research division as well. I'd had some other research grants. [...]

The synthesis of the responses of 110 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities to the proposed Vatican schema on such institutions covers a wide range of points. [See “Catholic College and University Presidents Respond to Proposed Vatican Schema,” Origins, April 10, 1986.] Abounding with references to “cultural pluralism,” “academic freedom,” “ecumenical realities,” and “Catholic character,” [...]

Now that the Department of Education suggests we go to school to the Japanese for light on teaching and learning there is no longer any doubt that this country is in steep decline. Because Americans could no longer make cars, our autobah-nen are full of Hondas. We are also growing dumber by degrees and Johnnie [...]

Why don’t we put a moratorium on abstract discussions of the nature of the Catholic college and instead take a good look at what is actually happening on Catholic campuses? Ideas can be debated forever but they have consequences, and Catholicity or its lack can be determined more easily by looking at what happened day-by-day [...]

One of the most hotly debated issues of the day is whether the religion of the public schools is Secularism. When the Supreme Court forbade the teaching of the traditional religions in public schools, did it, in doing so, establish religious neutrality? Or did it effectively establish a new religion called Secularism? In compliance with [...]

Not long ago, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati looked out over his diocese and discovered something missing. Catholics. At Mass. Alarmed by diminished congregations, a plight shared with most of his colleagues, he asked American bishops to study reasons for the decline, and what could be done about it. Perhaps I missed it, but I’ve [...]

“For who will dare to say or believe that it was not in God’s power to prevent both angels and men from sinning? But God preferred to leave this in their power, and thus to show both what evil could be wrought by their pride, and what good by His grace.” —St. Augustine, City of [...]

The New York Times is a great newspaper, even though it sometimes does present itself as a missionary sent to earth to enlighten Roman Catholic darkness. So often it pats the head of Catholic “progressives,” and scolds “traditionalists.” Consider this headline: Catholic Church Tenets Are Shaken by AIDS Among Clergy. The story (by Robert Lindsey) [...]

Written by Robert Bolt Directed by Roland Joffe Warner Bros There's a brief exchange in Citizen Kane that crystallizes my feelings about The Mission. Orson Welles/Kane is looking at a group photo of a rival newspaper's distinguished staff. His aide-de-camp, Bernstein, remarks that with journalists like that it's no wonder the rival is such a [...]

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