04/01/1988

In a powerful message to the Maryknoll group headquartered in Ossining, New York, the Vatican has pressured the Maryknoll seminary to close down because it ignores basic curricular requirements and subordinates Catholicism to leftist political ideology. "Maryknoll was doing an excellent job training Marxists, but a terrible job training priests," according to a source close [...]

In a powerful message to the Maryknoll group headquartered in Ossining, New York, the Vatican has pressured the Maryknoll seminary to close down because it ignores basic curricular requirements and subordinates Catholicism to leftist political ideology. "Maryknoll was doing an excellent job training Marxists, but a terrible job training priests," according to a source close [...]

Catholicism is not just a religion: it is a country of the heart and of the mind. No matter how resolutely they turn their backs on it, people born within it never quite shed their accents. And there are a great many who cannot emigrate, no matter how uninviting living conditions become. We may freeze [...]

According to Max Weber, monasticism played a fundamental role in the origins and development of western capitalist society. Monasticism exercised this role through its "rational character," its "systematic method of rational conduct," and its attempt "to subject man to the supremacy of a purposeful will." Weber maintains that, "Contrary to many popular ideas, the end [...]

Cincinnati, where I live, is one of America's picturesque inland river cities. For 200 years she has hugged the northern shore of the Ohio River at a point between the Great Miami and the Little Miami, where Ordovician hills form what geologists call the Cincinnati Arch. These hills are mother to civilization in the Ohio [...]

Amen to Ben Hart Regarding Ben Hart's article ["The Evangelical Temptation: Why I've Stopped Attending the Catholic Church," February], I can only add: "Amen." I would like to be more forthcoming, because I feel very strongly about the issues Ben raises in his piece. However, counsel (Mr. Brendan Sullivan) has advised me that while Mr. [...]

Once again, Cardinal Bernardin has lectured on "The Consistent Ethic of Life" (February 10, in Washington) to the "new class" within the church, described by him as "diocesan social action directors and staff." Once again, the UPI and several other newspapers "misinterpreted" the Consistent Ethic. So, two days later, the Cardinal sent his text with [...]

In February, I was invited by my colleague, Professor Jan Karski, to attend a performance at the Kennedy Center of the Washington Dance Society. Professor Karski's wife, Pola Nirenska, is a well-known director of modern dance. The final dance of the evening, set to some music by Ernest Bloch, was entitled "Dirge, 1981," based on [...]

Sollicitudo Rei Socialis is a profound, potentially fructifying addition to the Church's teaching on "the social question." The encyclical extends that teaching to encompass the full development of peoples and the political, economic, and cultural conditions that help or impede their development. In large and expansive terms it touches on the relation of North to [...]

Shortly after John Paul II's new encyclical, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, was released to the press, it was widely rumored that several leading neo-conservatives had phoned William F. Buckley, Jr. (who, alas, had already jumped the gun with a negative column on the encyclical) urging him to withhold final judgment on the document until he had [...]

In the early 500s, Boethius wrote a theological tractate against two heresies, the Monophysite and the Nestorian. Monophysites held that Christ had only a divine nature and that his humanity had been swallowed up in it; Nestorians, in reaction, held that not only did Christ have both a divine and human nature, he was two [...]

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