11/01/1989

"I'll tell you what chills the blood of liberals," Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D., N.Y.) told Juan Williams of the Washington Post. "It was always thought that the old bastards were the conservatives. Now the young people are becoming the conservatives and we are the old bastards." The sprightly Senator was, or course, speaking of [...]

"I'll tell you what chills the blood of liberals," Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D., N.Y.) told Juan Williams of the Washington Post. "It was always thought that the old bastards were the conservatives. Now the young people are becoming the conservatives and we are the old bastards." The sprightly Senator was, or course, speaking of [...]

Our century has witnessed a titanic struggle between the forces of collectivism and the forces of free enterprise, a struggle, if you like, between socialism and capitalism. As we approach the last decade, it appears that the battle, which began in earnest with Lenin's seizure of power in Russia in 1917, will end in decisive [...]

"Pain is the only evil I know," says the worldly Doctor Core to the priest in Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s science fiction classic A Canticle for Leibowitz. This is Freud's reductionistic philosophy. The whole problem of life is reduced to the conflict between "the pleasure principle" and "the reality principle," and the summum bonum is [...]

According to the earliest biographical account, the last words of Gerard Manley Hopkins were, "I am so happy, I am so happy." From a purely secular standpoint, it is difficult to see how Hopkins could have died happy. His career in the Society of Jesus could hardly be considered a success in either its pastoral [...]

I have a rather large button collection (political, religious, sports and the like). If asked which among all of them is my favorite, I would probably have to say the one which reads, "My karma ran over my dogma." My original intent, when I began this collection, was to capture, in buttons, something of the [...]

In a preface to a book of critical essays, the poet W.H. Auden defines his vision of paradise (by way of divulging how his critical faculties are colored) as "Roman Catholic in an easygoing Mediterranean sort of way, lots of local saints, religious processions, brass bands, opera." At this point I should do likewise. My [...]

In Eric Voegelin's book Plato and Aristotle we find these words: "The contemporaries of a crisis, however, are reluctant to recognize the magnitude of the problem." I had only read snippets of the address that Josef Cardinal Ratzinger had given the American archbishops in March until I received the April issue of 30 Days, which [...]

I never subscribed to the notion that priests are just like everyone else. Anyone who makes God his first priority is not to be confused with the rest of us. Rank has nothing to do with it. If he is an unobtrusive curate or a well-publicized bishop, I regard him with equal esteem. Status or [...]

I would prefer to live with the people," said the padre "right among the poor, as some of the priests do in Latin America. No priests in Cuba do so." This young Cuban priest, ordained seven years, struggles with his future. Not whether he will work as a priest. That is clear. He will. But [...]

Romero Written by John Sacret Young Directed by John Duigan A Paulist Picture Should any American movie-maker be trusted with any story which features peasants, particularly Hispanic peasants, listening humbly and gratefully to idealistic priests? Considering what Hollywood artisans have made of idealistic priests (Miracle of the Bells, The Cardinal) and noble peasants (Juarez, Viva [...]

MENU