10/01/1987

George Urban: Soviet man! This is a hoary topic, but for me it has a continuing fascination because it is the key to the question, "is there such a thing as 'socialism' or 'communism' in the USSR?" You say in your book that the concept of Soviet Man was the starting point for all the [...]

George Urban: Soviet man! This is a hoary topic, but for me it has a continuing fascination because it is the key to the question, "is there such a thing as 'socialism' or 'communism' in the USSR?" You say in your book that the concept of Soviet Man was the starting point for all the [...]

For Some American Catholics the Question Is Not "Am I in Accord With Peter?" But "Is Peter in Accord With Me?" Born in Judea, raised in Rome, coming of age in the USA," proclaimed a headline in the National Catholic Reporter, the mouthpiece of the left-liberal establishment of the American Church. There followed excerpts from [...]

Everyone is reading Allan Bloom. It is not necessary these days even to mention the title of his number one best-seller, The Closing of the American Mind. Simply mention Bloom's name and somebody else is also reading his book. That this book has become a best-seller is no surprise. No one who reads it comes [...]

The Constitution of the United States was the world's first written national constitution. In 1787 it was the only one; now approximately 160 nations have written constitutions — more than half of them less than 15 years old. What accounts for the remarkable stability and longevity of our Constitution? Its durability can probably be best [...]

Once I asked Scott Walter about where to find available books by Josef Pieper, who remains, I think, the best, certainly the clearest, of Christian philosophers. Scott told me to try Thomas and Karen Loome, Booksellers. "All you need to tell them is what you want." This procedure was generous enough, of course, but what [...]

That Americans should beware of materialism, consumerism, and excessive individualism was one of Pope John Paul II's major themes on his second visit to America. The pope lives in Europe, and Europeans have long held that Americans are peculiarly materialistic. The great and wise Catholic philosopher, Jacques Maritain, ambassador of France to the Holy See, [...]

It is easier to see the problems than to find good solutions to them. How often have we heard the clear teaching of the Magisterium distorted, sometimes even from the pulpit? How often have we seen variations introduced into the liturgy, as if we are all bored with the official rite and needed relief from [...]

Among several of my friends, Sheldon Vanauken's essay on capital punishment in our September issue ["The Death Penalty: What Should Be the Christian Attitude?"] has stimulated some sharp and passionate comments. This is as it should be. For — let's be blunt — we are talking about deliberately putting human beings to death. Is that [...]

On Screen: Roxanne

Written by Steve Martin Directed by Fred Schepisi Warner Brothers The keynote of Roxanne, the charming Steve Martin-Fred Schepisi modernization of Cyrano de Bergerac, is sounded very early in the film. C. D. Bales, a gallant fire chief with a proboscidean nose, is on his way to join a friend for breakfast when he encounters [...]

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