05/01/1988

One of the principles basic to Catholic social thought and clearly enunciated by Pope John Paul II is "the common destination of created goods." The idea is this: God made the world for the common good of every human being on the planet. Creation has been given to all of us to cherish, to develop, [...]

One of the principles basic to Catholic social thought and clearly enunciated by Pope John Paul II is "the common destination of created goods." The idea is this: God made the world for the common good of every human being on the planet. Creation has been given to all of us to cherish, to develop, [...]

Many people any people have asked me what it was like to live through the nomination and hearings of my husband, Bob Bork. I usually answer that it was like being besieged in a battle where the reinforcements were not informed there was a war. It was a traumatic and exhausting experience of unwarranted vilification. [...]

Pope John Paul II has long remained aloof from the Vatican bureaucracy, but when he set out to redefine the Roman Catholic view of global politics with his recent encyclical, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, he made an unusual effort to give Vatican policy makers a voice in developing the document, according to senior Church officials. "Lots [...]

Asked if he was disappointed recently at not winning the Nobel Prize, Graham Greene said no, he was waiting for an even bigger prize. Asked what that was, he replied, "Death." The notion of death as a reward is strange to most modern literature, which confines itself within the parameters of womb and grave, paying [...]

Since the feminist movement began, one of its goals has been equality for women in the workplace, especially in the male-dominated professions. After some twenty years of very public clamor, can we judge whether the feminist agenda is good for working women? Let me frame the discussion with some personal anecdotes. I am talking to [...]

An expert on the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas who became known as the Philosopher of the Fighting French, Yves Simon brought a distinctive point of view to the defeat and occupation of his country. After considering the factors in his background which helped shape it, we shall turn to the originality of the perspective [...]

If the Democrats hope to capture the White House in 1988, the party's nominee will have to do something that the Democratic standard-bearer has accomplished only once in the past four elections—carry the Catholic vote. Dependably Democratic through most of their history, American Catholics have moved away from the party of Al Smith and John [...]

The subject of this reflection is not why people do not go to Mass. Nor is it about Protestant churches or Jewish synagogues. Rather, it is about the myriads of churches that exist in the Catholic world. What are they "for"? Well, no doubt, they are places in which are held the Sacraments, those rites [...]

It is overwhelmingly obvious, after reading the first draft of their latest pastoral letter on the role of women in the Church, "Partners in the Mystery of Redemption," that the American bishops have set themselves an impossible task: appeasing feminist demands for more power in the Church while remaining faithful to Catholic teaching and doctrine. [...]

The other day I saw in the back window of a sedan one of those yellow diamond-shaped signs which entertain drivers lucky enough to be next in line at a red light. The message of such signs was serious at first. Baby On Board. But this one was simply funny. Baby In Trunk. I laughed. [...]

Joe Burleigh was my late father-in-law. Pappy Joe we called him. It was a title invented by my husband when, in his late teens, he had overshot Joe by six inches and felt the incongruity of looking down on Joe's bald head and calling him Daddy. The name Pappy Joe fit. It was comfortable to [...]

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