11/01/1990

The novelist Saul Bellow once wrote that "A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." For the past half-century, leading American politicians, academics, clergy, and journalists have celebrated the achievements of the Soviet Union and her Communist allies while depreciating the record of liberal democracies in [...]

The novelist Saul Bellow once wrote that "A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." For the past half-century, leading American politicians, academics, clergy, and journalists have celebrated the achievements of the Soviet Union and her Communist allies while depreciating the record of liberal democracies in [...]

American Telephone and Telegraph had provided financial support for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 1965. That is why the philanthropic community was surprised when Reynold Levy, president of AT&T's corporate foundation, announced in April of this year that his corporation would no longer give grants to Planned Parenthood. Robin Caldwell, manager of corporate [...]

Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) was one of the greatest political philosophers of the twentieth century. He was a philosopher of history and a philosopher of religion. His chief contribution was the identification of what he called gnosticism as the fundamental spiritual disorder, or, as we should say in the world of doctrinal Christianity, the fundamental sin, [...]

Catholic practices can provide invaluable assistance to contemporary society in recovering a sense of the sacred. I am keenly aware of how effective they can be even though I was not raised a Catholic and was never taught Catholic practices. If anything, there was a certain aversion to Catholic practices in our Protestant household. My [...]

After great ecumenical councils, periods of confusion often follow. New types of saints and new religious movements attuned to the conciliar spirit suddenly emerge. Declining groups ignore or willfully misinterpret conciliar reforms—which are, after all, only more perfect statements of the same Faith—and strive unsuccessfully to thwart them. Thus St. Francis De Sales (d. 1627), [...]

There is currently a debate raging in American society and legal circles about the proper role of judges in our constitutional democracy. In 1988, Judge Robert Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court was defeated by a coalition of liberal activists who claimed that he would "turn back the clock" in such areas as civil rights [...]

Next year will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, and it is much to be hoped that Pope John Paul II will issue a new encyclical summarizing and developing the papal understanding of the economic side of human development. He could hardly do better than to extend his reflections on the fundamental [...]

There is such a thing as Providence. A young man taught me that. I knew it before, but I had trouble believing it. Now, thanks to John, who turns just 22 within a few days of my writing these lines, I may be a little on the way to believing it. John, in their kindergarten [...]

Partial Vindication A New York State investigation team has cleared Covenant House, the shelter for runaway children, of all charges of criminal mishandling of charitable contributions. Robert Abrams, the attorney general, said that his office and directors of the shelter were working together to establish financial procedures that would prevent even the perception of wrongdoing [...]

The first week of August was hot wherever you happened to be, particularly if it was the Persian Gulf. I happened to be in Switzerland, where record summer temperatures were causing rockslides in the higher elevations and just plain indolence down where I was, in Sion, in the valley of the Rhone. Sion is the [...]

As I try to reread T.S. Eliot's "Ash Wednesday" on Ash Wednesday, a practice I heartily recommend to all those who doubt our greatness, so I also try to meditate on Belloc's The Four Men during those most Christian of days at the end of October and the beginning of November. I have always felt [...]

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