01/01/1989

There is no guarantee that George Bush will have the opportunity to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Four out of the nine justices are more than 80 years old, however. The Constitution which these men are sworn to uphold and appointed to interpret does not require them to retire. But the higher [...]

There is no guarantee that George Bush will have the opportunity to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Four out of the nine justices are more than 80 years old, however. The Constitution which these men are sworn to uphold and appointed to interpret does not require them to retire. But the higher [...]

What's at Stake with a Bush Supreme Court Perhaps the most dramatic way in which the new Bush administration will affect the lives of Americans is through appointees to the Supreme Court. The reason is that, on a scale unparalleled in American history, the Court now adjudicates issues that govern the daily rhythm of people's [...]

A Peeping Thomist Gazes on the Contemporary Crisis The revival of Thomistic studies since Leo XIII's Aeterni Patris in 1879 has owed much to such laymen as Jacques Maritain, Etienne Gilson, Charles DeKoninck, Anton Pegis, Vernon Bourke, James Collins, Vince Smith, and John Oesterle. Many but not all of these thinkers were converts. When they [...]

The Gender Gap

The Pope's Lesson in Sex Education for the American Bishops Although some Catholic theologians and writers are celebrating the Pope's recent apostolic letter on the role of women as a confirmation of what the American bishops maintained in their pastoral draft, “Partners in the Mystery of Redemption," a close reading of both documents suggests crucial [...]

Philosopher Sidney Hook Discovers the Limits of Reason R. Sidney Hook is a well-known philosopher and authority on Marxism. In 1927 he joined the philosophy faculty at New York University and was department chairman from 1934 until 1948, when he became chairman of the N.Y.U. graduate school's Division of Philosophy and Psychology, a position he [...]

Editor's note: Leonardo Boff is a Franciscan friar well known for his writings on liberation theology. He is an editor at Editora Vozes, a major Catholic publishing house in Brazil. This article first appeared in the November-December issue of Vozes, published in Petropolia, Brazil, as a "theological reflection on socialism" after Boff completed a 15-day [...]

This year Georgetown University celebrates the two-hundredth anniversary of its founding by Bishop John Carroll. It is the oldest university in this country with Catholic origins. Interestingly, the University of Bologna in Italy, the oldest university in the world, the Alma Mater Studiorum, is currently celebrating its 900th Anniversary. Throughout medieval and modern times, Bologna [...]

‘Tis the season to be introspective. Or is it? Tradition has it that January initiates a fresh start, a time to rid ourselves of less admirable qualities and strengthen those more commendable. The only question was how long we could persevere. But the impulse to improve, implying recognition of faults, indeed transgressions, seems to be [...]

Back on November 2, Father Richard P. McBrien and I had lunch together at the Morris Inn at Notre Dame. Not four hours later, at a formal function, a university official asked me how the lunch went: "Were there explosions?" Surprised that a pleasant lunch had become an "event," I replied: "Hey! We don't agree [...]

Gorillas in the Mist Screenplay by Anna Hamilton Phelan Directed by Michael Apted A Universal Release Bird Screenplay by Joel Oliansky Musical Direction by Lennre Niehaus Directed by Clint Eastwood A Warner Brothers Release It's a snap to dress an actor up as Einstein, put him through some pantomime of research, exile and elder statesmanship, [...]

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