03/01/1988

The earliest reports on Pope John Paul II's new encyclical letter "Concern for Social Reality" damaged the Pope's reputation significantly. Only those who make the effort to give the whole letter a closer reading will feel their first sense of dismay alleviated. In geopolitical terms, the deepest dreams of the Pope's pontificate have been to [...]

The earliest reports on Pope John Paul II's new encyclical letter "Concern for Social Reality" damaged the Pope's reputation significantly. Only those who make the effort to give the whole letter a closer reading will feel their first sense of dismay alleviated. In geopolitical terms, the deepest dreams of the Pope's pontificate have been to [...]

In November 2, 1987 the names "Barbara Ferraro" and "Patricia Hussey" graced the marquee of the Varsity Theatre at Marquette University. Directly below their names an upcoming campus film was also advertised. It read "Ruthless People." The irony and humor of the combination were not lost on anyone, particularly those of us who were assembled [...]

"Without a strong hierarchy to guide the Church, you realize how terribly much on your own you are." Representative Henry Hyde, Republican from Illinois, is perhaps the most conspicuously Catholic member of Congress. Former altar boy, choir boy, and Georgetown University basketball star, he is today a powerful voice in the struggle against totalitarianism and [...]

There are a number of reasons that the recent — presidential elections in the Republic of Korea should hearten proponents of Western-style democratic rule, both in Korea and abroad. To begin with, South Korea experienced and withstood an electoral campaign that was, criticisms notwithstanding, both fiercely contested and genuinely competitive. Indeed, the heated and at [...]

What causes war and what causes fightings among you? Is it not your passions that are at war in your members? You desire and do not have; so you kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. The Epistle of St. James (4:1-2) The great enthusiasm for the flurry of [...]

It may come as a surprise to parents, as it did to me, that the contemporary sex education movement does not focus primarily on the biological aspects of sex. The movement's leaders and disciples are not biologists but mainly psychologists, sociologists, and "health educators." Their principal concerns are less with the physiology of procreation and [...]

“What role will the American Catholic hierarchy play in the 1988 presidential election? In part, the answer to this question will depend upon the bishops' actual statements and actions during the upcoming campaign. However, in 1988, as in the past, the hierarchy's role will also be shaped by political factors beyond the bishops' control. To [...]

Recently a heated controversy has emerged within the medical community and among legal and ethical professionals over an account in The Journal of the American Medical Association, published in Chicago, of the "mercy killing" of a young cancer patient by a hospital resident. The Cook County State's Attorney office has subpoenaed the records pertaining to [...]

The year of choice is here again. Through the frenetic primaries, the U.S. presidential candidates are coming to know the hills and valleys of America, the towns upon the plains, the neighborhoods of cities. The United States is not ruled by a professional political class. The parties do not nominate their candidates for highest office [...]

James Boswell was in Wittenberg, in Saxony, on 0 30 September 1764, on his "Grand Tour" in Germany and Switzerland. He visited there the tombs of Luther and Melanchthon. The convent which housed the remains of these famous Protestant divines had, unfortunately, been "miserably shattered by the bombardments," but the tombs were still intact. Boswell [...]

I don’t remember when it first dawned on me that I really lucked out being born female. Maybe it occurred during the oppressive humidity of a New Jersey summer, as I played with paper dolls on our screened porch, a place ringed by rhododendrons which, even when the temperature sizzled, provided a cool refuge. From [...]

Last fall in Los Angeles I chaired a session at the meeting of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars which featured Marvin O'Connell, Leonard Kennedy, Mary Rousseau, and Thomas Langan on the general topic of the mission of the Catholic university. Since there is something of a gap between the ideal and the reality, the subsequent [...]

From a highly unlikely source comes a grave warning to those who shape U.S. defense policy. The warning: America's shrinking fleet of nuclear-armed submarines may be visible, now or in the near future, to the Soviet Union. The source: Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who in a post-summit news conference made the following statement about prospects [...]

Abraham Lincoln was a man who walked the earth for fifty-five years, but that's beside the point. What concerns me here is that he is the central figure of American mythology. In his backwoods lawyer's black duds he is a rural Hamlet. His already long figure absurdly extended by the stovepipe hat, he is a [...]

MENU