03/01/1990

Two odd facts in Eastern Europe arrest my attention. First, the label that Communists latch onto when the name "communist" becomes a liability is "social democracy." The Communist Party in Poland, e.g., is now called The Social Democracy Party. One wonders if this makes Americans who call themselves Social Democrats nervous. It should. The program [...]

Two odd facts in Eastern Europe arrest my attention. First, the label that Communists latch onto when the name "communist" becomes a liability is "social democracy." The Communist Party in Poland, e.g., is now called The Social Democracy Party. One wonders if this makes Americans who call themselves Social Democrats nervous. It should. The program [...]

Father George Rutler, a convert from Anglicanism, is a Roman Catholic priest of the New York Archdiocese. An alumnus of Dartmouth College, he holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins, Oxford, and the Angelicum University in Rome; his latest book is Beyond Modernity: Reflections of a Post-Modern Catholic (Ignatius). Father Rutler is regarded as one of [...]

Since the Supreme Court's decision in the Webster case, the abortion issue has moved to the center stage of politics at the state level. It dominated the Virginia gubernatorial race between Marshall Coleman and Douglas Wilder. In that race, as well as others around the country, those who favor abortion on demand have presented it [...]

The principle of the living wage and the principle of subsidiarity are the most distinctive tenets of Catholic social doctrine. The Church's teaching on the living wage received its classic formulation in Pope Leo XIII's great encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891). Since then, every pontiff has reaffirmed the moral necessity of a living wage. According to [...]

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing, —Herman Melville I don't mind telling you I don't understand homosexuals and that's the truth. I can't imagine a man going to bed with another man. That's beyond my comprehension." So the New York Times quoted [...]

Editor's note: Josef Pieper is the noted author of such works as Leisure: The Basis of Culture and The Four Cardinal Virtues. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Munster since 1946. Thomas D. D'Andrea, a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, interviewed Pieper at his [...]

William Burleigh at Scripps-Howard in Cincinnati happily manages each year to give me a copy of the latest paperbound collection of Peanuts. Bill says simply, "Schulz is a genius." He is right, of course. This year's collection is entitled, "If Beagles Could Fly." Actually, I do not like the animal characters in Peanuts, particularly Snoopy. [...]

I belong to that group of Catholics whose religious upbringing straddled both sides of the Second Vatican Council. In my first four years of parochial school I memorized catechism answers to questions like, "Why did God make us?" and "What is a sacrament?" In my second four years I pondered opaque quotations from Vatican II [...]

Editor's note: The following letter was sent by the Archbishop of New York to his parish priests to be read during all Masses offered on January 20 and 21. With much of the world I rejoiced that the peoples of Romania, after living for so long in virtual slavery, were suddenly confronted with the possibility [...]

When I was in college, the bumper sticker on my car read "Don't labor under a misconception—legalize abortion." I was one of a handful of feminists on my campus, back during the days when we were jeered at as "bra-burning women's libbers." As we struggled against sexism, abortion rights was a visible banner, a concrete, [...]

Born on the Fourth of July Screenplay by Ron Kovic and Oliver Stone Directed by Oliver Stone Oliver Stone's trump card of casting for his film, Born on the Fourth of July, wasn't Tom Cruise, though Cruise gives an estimable performance as Ron Kovic, the paralyzed Marine turned anti-war activist. Stone's real coup was the [...]

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