07/01/1988

In a taping of "Firing Line" last winter and again in his column for the Catholic press, Father Richard McBrien has come out in favor of "cafeteria Catholicism"—on sexual and other matters for progressives, on Catholic social teaching for conservatives. "There are conservatives and neoconservatives in that cafeteria line. And I don't deplore it. I [...]

In a taping of "Firing Line" last winter and again in his column for the Catholic press, Father Richard McBrien has come out in favor of "cafeteria Catholicism"—on sexual and other matters for progressives, on Catholic social teaching for conservatives. "There are conservatives and neoconservatives in that cafeteria line. And I don't deplore it. I [...]

Author's Note: I'll be ordained soon. And I look forward to these years of service. But I am no longer naive about the advanced disrepair of the Church in America. The observations I'm about to make are admittedly those of a young man. More tempered and weathered souls might be more reflective, have a wider [...]

Dissenting Catholics are often accused of practicing "pick and choose" Catholicism. This immediately raises the question: Is there some unified point of view that is adopted by dissenters? At first glance, it would seem not. Different dissenters select not to believe in different doctrines, presumably for different reasons. It is sometimes said that the problem [...]

The New Republic, that thoroughly secular voice of American liberalism, a year or so ago found reason to celebrate Pope John Paul II. Flaunting the Roman Pontiff on its cover as a friendly old coot and man of the people, suggestive perhaps of Gorbachev in a terry cloth wrap, the liberal magazine exalted him as [...]

President John F. Kennedy, America's first and so far only Catholic chief executive, issued a ringing endorsement of a highly controversial concept during his 1960 campaign when he affirmed, "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute." But just a dozen years before, the U.S. Catholic bishops labeled the [...]

Since Catholics these days seem not too sure of what is good for Catholics (or indeed who "Catholics" really are), my heart leapt when I glanced at the subhead of Mr. Menendez's article, which promised to say why something or other would be "good" for Catholics. The full title further excited my interest: the thing [...]

A Proclamation By the President of the United States of America Whereas great nations of the world have taken up arms against one another and war now draws millions of men into battle whom the counsel of statesmen have not been able to save from the terrible sacrifice; And whereas in this as in all things [...]

My cousin Kathleen and her husband Chuck Oldsen were in Washington from San Diego for about a week this spring. One Sunday, we drove over to Gettysburg, a place I had not seen for almost thirty years, when I went with the late Father Dick Spillane. In many ways, Gettysburg remains the most powerful of [...]

Then I was a small child, and the Mass just a fragile year or two away from its post-Vatican II transformation, I lived across the street from four brothers. Donald was my age, Billy and Bobby were nearer my older brother, and Jimmy was too old to hang around us much. My parents were very [...]

In the last fifteen years, Hungary has made impressive strides toward a western-style society—which it had never ceased to be, except in the economic area. In the last two years a foreseeable catastrophe struck: people, with their expectations and efficiency, have been ready to effect the final push for a dynamic and modern economic structure, [...]

Looking at the newspaper ad for Colors (photo of Robert Duvall and Sean Penn, clad as cops, striding forward purposefully shoulder to shoulder), I anticipated a film in the Joseph Wambaugh mode: a study of policemen as latter-day Roman legionnaires trying vainly but nobly to stem the tide of barbarism; a film that might be [...]

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