10/01/1988

Twenty-five years ago this October, I stood with my wife late at night in the piazza of St. Peter in Rome under a full and silver moon, rejoicing in the victory of "progressive" forces at Vatican II. We could feel the fine spray of the fountains in the light air. Our mood was exultant, there [...]

Twenty-five years ago this October, I stood with my wife late at night in the piazza of St. Peter in Rome under a full and silver moon, rejoicing in the victory of "progressive" forces at Vatican II. We could feel the fine spray of the fountains in the light air. Our mood was exultant, there [...]

Editor 's note: This is the third in a series of articles on Catholic voting behavior. See Stuart Rothenburg and Steve Lilienthal, "Campaign Notes: Why the Catholic Vote Will Be Decisive in 1988" (May) and James Castelli, "The Democrats' Secret Weapon: Will Catholics Put Dukakis in the Oval Office?" (June). The traditional alliance of Catholics [...]

When Alice walked through the looking glass to Wonderland, she found herself in a frightening place. In the looking glass world, things were not what they seemed, and words meant only what the speaker wanted them to mean. Alice might have been at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. As a life-long Democrat, I've gone to [...]

With all the news about proposed and actual changes in the Soviet Union, the realistic observer has some cause to be perplexed. On the one hand, we have the record of seventy years of Soviet behavior. During this time, the regime has repeatedly demonstrated its basic nature and the limited degree to which it can [...]

Editor's Note: No one who is acquainted with the seminary program in the United States is unfamiliar with the notion of retribution. It is unfortunate that so sober an article as this one, dealing with so serious and so widespread a problem, should have to be published anonymously. But its author, a priest active in [...]

Casual sex, we are told, has become a casualty of the AIDS epidemic. Those who speak scornfully of the "sexual revolution" are now proclaiming its end, waving the bloody shirt of AIDS. •A newsletter devoted entirely to AIDS contains blocked-off, oversized fillers that blare such admonitions as: "Save sex for marriage! You owe it to [...]

Editor's note: This column was originally published in the Hartford Catholic Transcript, August 26, 1988. In this column, written as early as possible before the presidential election, I want to analyze the platforms of our two major political parties. Further, I want to describe the historical link between the Democratic Party and the Catholic Church. [...]

In the recent film "Wedding in Galilee," two traditional Muslim couples were shown together praying, while the camera zeroed in on some beads sliding along a wire with their chant. In his essay "Worship in the Parish Communities" (Feast of Faith, Ignatius, 1986), Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger mentioned the importance of not making Mass our only [...]

My son got his college diploma in 1986 as did most of his friends. His reads Columbia, theirs are similarly prestigious. Here, parallels end. His peers flocked to law school, to Wall Street, or to Silicon Valley; he joined the Air Force. He arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas a gentleman and after [...]

The appearance of Flannery O'Connor's collected works (edited by Sally Fitzgerald) in the prestigious Library of America is an event not only for Catholic literature in this country but quite simply for American literature. The volume contains O'Connor's two novels, Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away; her two story collections, A Good Man [...]

The Last Temptation of Christ is based on a novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis, who is universally regarded as a serious writer. When Kazantzakis's dead body was shipped to Athens in 1957, the archbishop there refused to allow it to lie in state in a church (though the remains were later given [...]

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