02/01/1989

Christians who survey the world political scene, and who debate how the insights and guidance of their faith should teach them to respond to it, should beware above all of rigidity. For the political scene is never static. It moves all the time. The threats to Christian life posed by secular politics are always there, [...]

Christians who survey the world political scene, and who debate how the insights and guidance of their faith should teach them to respond to it, should beware above all of rigidity. For the political scene is never static. It moves all the time. The threats to Christian life posed by secular politics are always there, [...]

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Miracles . . . But Were Afraid to Ask Unlike the vast majority of our Western ancestors, we are very reluctant to take the notion of miracles seriously. Surely, we say, science has advanced to the point where miracles can be explained as natural phenomena. We do have, [...]

Down and Out in America

A Sociologist Lives among the Homeless and Returns with a Surprising Tale For a few years in the early 1980s, I spent part of each summer at the University of California at Berkeley. I always stayed in San Francisco and rode the subway back and forth. It was there, in 1983, that I first discovered [...]

The truth of the teaching on contraception in Humanae Vitae is unfortunately not self-evident—not even to sincere Christians. Both my wife and I were raised in devout Protestant households. We went to church at least every Sunday as I was growing up. We frequently read and discussed Scripture together as a family. My father taught [...]

The tides of reaction are running fast in the Roman Catholic household these days. The Vatican, in the person of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is out to crush all independent, creative thought in our community. There is a danger that our most important liberation theologians, such as Fathers Leonardo Boff and Gustavo Gutierrez, will be further [...]

In the Responsory for the Office of the Third Friday of Advent, we read: "For if one hopes, even though his tongue is still, he is still singing always in his heart. But the man who has no hope, no matter what clamors and shouts he makes to be heard by men, is speechless in [...]

We went home to my parents' house for Christmas. Most of the Christmases since the birth of our children have been spent with the grandparents, and they are so good at "doing" Christmas — at trimming immense, symmetrical trees, covering kitchen walls with Christmas cards and mantels and radiator covers with artificial snow, at piling [...]

What's Wrong With Right-wing Catholics My wife, a devout Catholic, is healthily uninterested in ecclesiastical politics and the rhetoric of intra-Church ideological wars. Not long ago she happened to pick up a right-wing Catholic journal I'd left lying around the house and read a bit. "That's terrible!" she exclaimed after a while. "It's nothing but [...]

In their recent letter, "Partners in the Mystery of Redemption," the American Catholic bishops attempt to reach out to the feminist movement. Perhaps somewhat strangely, the bishops endorse the angry and alienated sentiments of women who have little or no sympathy for Catholic teaching on a range of issues: divorce, contraception, abortion, to name a [...]

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