10/01/1990

In The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Evelyn Waugh says of his main character, with reference to a phrase popular at the time, it is later than you think: "It was never later than Gilbert Pinfold thought." A Catholic could envy Pinfold's capacity to anticipate any outrage. I confess I am mightily bothered by the massive [...]

In The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Evelyn Waugh says of his main character, with reference to a phrase popular at the time, it is later than you think: "It was never later than Gilbert Pinfold thought." A Catholic could envy Pinfold's capacity to anticipate any outrage. I confess I am mightily bothered by the massive [...]

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Conscience or Convenience? The Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) has made a name for itself by promising to invest the funds of religious groups in ethical and socially redeeming causes. For example, ICCR pledges not to invest in companies doing business in South Africa, nor in companies that pollute the environment. Thomas Strohbar, one [...]

Counting is an act of love. It is impossible to count without pausing and attending. A child who reckons up his marbles stops and handles each one as he counts them. He knows their exact number, like the woman who swept her house until she found the one missing coin of the ten. And Jesus [...]

When it comes to politics, the modern American Catholic bishop has the soul of a lobbyist. Lobbyists are not born but made. A bishop will move from spiritual teacher to political manipulator when attracted by the lure of political influence—an age-old American temptation. Naturally, bishops will hate to be compared to agents of the American [...]

Henry James described, in one of his stories, a procession on a Sunday in Rome at St. Peters'. "The bright immensity of the place," he wrote, "protected conversation and even gossip. It struck one not as a particular temple, but as formed by the very walls of the faith that has no small pruderies to [...]

We encounter the ideas of St. Thomas Aquinas in practically every court of law, in which criteria of full or diminished guilt are applied; in every attempt to contrive international law; in the conceptual separation of the things of God from matters proper to the state; in the use of concepts which he was the [...]

In an interview in Humanities (May-June 1989), the late Walker Percy called this century "the strangest century that I've ever heard or read about." What does this strangeness consist in? For Percy, this century is at the same time the most humanitarian century and "the century in which men have killed more of each other [...]

Last winter a local newspaper carried the standard wedding supplement. Besides the usual mix of fashions, travel tips, and etiquette, there was an advice column on updating the wedding ceremony to adapt to modern times. Modern brides, said the author, should refuse to submit to being "given away" by their fathers, since this custom derives [...]

I was raised in a good Catholic home. My mother worked very hard to put both my sister and me through twelve years of Catholic education. She strongly believed in the value of a Catholic education, and I was, and continue to be, very grateful for the elementary and secondary schooling I received. Of course, [...]

Editor's note: Conscientious objection has a long history, typically associated with such causes as the war-time draft. Professor Cornelius Buckley, S.J., recently extended these principles to the faculty union at the University of San Francisco, a Catholic institution run by the Jesuits. The following statement was given at the university's public arbitration hearing. The panel, [...]

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