01/01/1988

Why Christopher Hitchens Opposes Abortion  Along with his good friend Alexander Cockburn, Christopher Hitchens is regarded as one of the nation's sharpest and wittiest voices on the radical left. His "Minority Report" which appears regularly in The Nation inevitably punctures right—wing orthodoxies. (The right, for Hitchens, sometimes appears to stretch from Jesse Helms all the [...]

Why Christopher Hitchens Opposes Abortion  Along with his good friend Alexander Cockburn, Christopher Hitchens is regarded as one of the nation's sharpest and wittiest voices on the radical left. His "Minority Report" which appears regularly in The Nation inevitably punctures right—wing orthodoxies. (The right, for Hitchens, sometimes appears to stretch from Jesse Helms all the [...]

In 1965, Daniel Callahan was an associate editor of Commonweal. He was struck by the fact that Fr. John Courtney Murray looked at young Catholics of the Callahan generation and called them a "generation of the third eye." Murray was worried that young Catholics of the '60s were cutting themselves loose from their roots, that [...]

The recent Vatican document calling for moral restraints on birth technology has generated animated debate and controversy in the United States and abroad. This debate has been generally welcomed in Rome, because it was one of the main objectives in issuing the "Instruction On Respect for Human Life In Its Origin." Many countries, including this [...]

The Path to Rome is one of the most delightful and well-beloved travel books in the English language — the story of Hilaire Belloc, age 31, on a walk from southern France to the far-off city of Rome. Or perhaps of Hilaire Belloc on a romp through the English language. Or perhaps of Hilaire Belloc [...]

Before the Supreme Court adjourns this term, it will decide a case that goes to the heart of religious freedom and civil libertarian activism: the constitutionality of Congressional legislation designed to allow religious organizations the right to receive federal funds for the promotion of self-discipline as a form of birth control for teenagers. Last spring, [...]

Partisans of liberation theology have accepted Phillip Berryman's Liberation Theology (Pantheon, 1987) as a strong statement of their own beliefs. Yet in that book Berryman makes a crucial admission. He writes of liberation theologians: "If their social theory is fundamentally wrong, their whole enterprise is in jeopardy." The liberation theologians did not develop this social [...]

A good friend sent me something off the Scripps-Howard wires the other day, a Denver dateline about how Coors Brewery manages its sales. In the article, Peter Coors stated, "Believe it or not, in the beer industry any more, you're not really selling beer. You're selling packaging, and you're selling image...." No doubt, this observation [...]

Members of religious orders, when they write their names in books, preface it with ad usum, meaning they have the use of the volume, but do not own it. But surely owning books is only to have the use of them. Unless they were built in Alexandria, libraries survive their makers and possessors, as artifacts [...]

As we have allowed liberal education to collapse into relativistic technical training, we have also thrown away the blueprint for educating our girls. Our failure to hand on to the current generation the patrimony of our intellectual, spiritual, and moral tradition is a grave loss both to young men and young women. The loss of [...]

For American Catholics the most important publishing event in 1987 was the appearance of George Weigel's magisterial study of Catholic thought on war and peace, Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace (Oxford University Press). Mr. Weigel had the bravery to indict virtually the entire American [...]

Only a few years ago several authors warned the Maryknoll order and Orbis Press that they were publicly linking their fate to Marxism, the most cruel and oppressive ideology known to modern history. Despite the flagrant use of "Marx" and "Marxism" in Maryknoll news releases and book titles, several Maryknollers issued emotional denials. "Liberation theology" [...]

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