02/01/1988

As may be evident to most observers by now, the public debate between American bishops over the policy paper on AIDS has little to do with AIDS and much to do with the overall theological and ecclesiological rift in the Catholic Church in America. Simply, that debate is about power and truth. And that rift [...]

As may be evident to most observers by now, the public debate between American bishops over the policy paper on AIDS has little to do with AIDS and much to do with the overall theological and ecclesiological rift in the Catholic Church in America. Simply, that debate is about power and truth. And that rift [...]

On December 11, the Administrative Board of the United States Catholic Conference (USCC) issued a statement entitled "The Many Faces of AIDS: A Gospel Response." (For the text see Origins, December 24, 1987, pp. 481-89.) This statement both refers to and carries out a certain human act. The present essay is an ethical analysis and [...]

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1982.Throughout my undergraduate years, I went to Mass regularly, often daily. Theology was in fact a consuming interest. I read the Church Fathers and the great Catholic classics: Saint Augustine's Confessions, large segments of Aquinas' Summa Theologica, Dante's Divine Comedy, Newman's Apologia, Chesterton's Orthodoxy, and The Everlasting Man. I [...]

An Interview With Marlene Elwell Marlene Elwell is Midwest coordinator for Americans for Robertson. From the book Once A Catholic, by Peter Occhiogrosso, published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston. Copyright (c) 1987 by Peter Occhiogrosso. Reprinted by permission. I embraced the Charismatic Renewal when my I moved to Michigan in 1972. There was a referendum to [...]

America has traditionally been a Protestant nation with a history of suspicion, if not outright prejudice, against Catholics. Until fairly recently Catholicism was, in this country, considered a dubious theology and a suspect participant in the political arena. Yet, in a remarkable new book, the distinguished Lutheran pastor and author Richard John Neuhaus contends that [...]

Arguments over nuclear weapons and strategy often use the conceit of a "scenario" — an imaginary congeries of circumstances — to test out hypotheses, weigh alternative policies, and draw prescriptive conclusions. Consider this scenario: A book addresses the morality of deterrence. The book's authors are Catholic scholars specializing in constitutional law, philosophical ethics, and theological [...]

An earlier book by Richard John Neuhaus, The Naked Public Square, is one of the most important religious books published in America since World War II. Still, his new volume The Catholic Moment may be of yet more universal weight. That Richard Neuhaus is bright no one has ever doubted; that he is a truly [...]

Mr. Koppel gave this address at Duke University's 1987 commencement. It is reprinted from the July-August 1987 issue of Duke magazine. America has been Vannatized. Vannatized — as in Vanna White, Wheel of Fortune's Vestal Virgin. The young lady may or may not already have appeared on one of those ubiquitous lists of most admired [...]

The Republic of Plato is paradoxical in so many ways. We are astonished to read it again and again to find it the most up-to-date of books. Perhaps no aspect of this famous work is more curious than Plato's varied discussion of truth and falsity, of lying to oneself and to one's polity. In Book [...]

It was the third in a lengthening chain of cold lousy winter days, and my three-year-old was bouncing off the walls with frustrated energy. So I packed him and his one-year-old sister into the car and headed for the local mall. Not to shop — even when cabin fever hasn't turned my son into a [...]

If you lean out of skyscraper window holding a bag of fertilizer in one hand and a poet in the other and let go of both they will fall. Tennyson and a sack of 10-10-10 are equally values of the variable in the law of falling bodies. Man is a thing. But a thing who [...]

Contrary to what is still being drummed into us from every side, it is becoming clearer and clearer from a dispassionate reading of the evidence that AIDS poses little or no risk to the general, or heterosexual, population. Yet those of us who have been trying to spread the good news have been met not [...]

Written and Directed by James Brooks 20th Century Fox Broadcast News, a romantic comedy set in a Washington TV news bureau, is every bit as "bright," as "painfully funny," as "dizzingly smart," as you may have read or heard. In fact, it is even better than that. It entertains you for two hours, and after [...]

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