02/01/1991

Once again we are hearing the plaintive laments: too many people, too little food, too few trees. If the world could just learn to control its population, it is said, the environment would be safer from grubby human paws, and food could then be distributed or redistributed so that everyone could eat well and be [...]

Once again we are hearing the plaintive laments: too many people, too little food, too few trees. If the world could just learn to control its population, it is said, the environment would be safer from grubby human paws, and food could then be distributed or redistributed so that everyone could eat well and be [...]

Back in 1968, both Paul Ehrlich, an entomologist at Stanford, and Julian Simon, a professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, were disciples of eighteenth century economist Thomas R. Malthus. Malthus claimed that population grows geometrically (2, 4, 8, 16) while food production grows arithmetically (2, 4, 6, 8); hence the world's [...]

The theologian Brian Daley, S.J., has suggested that the Eucharist serves as an "ikon" of the Church. That is, it both represents the mystical body of Christ in symbolic terms and re-enacts the central event of salvation history. In this view, there is no detail concerning the celebration of the Eucharist which can be termed [...]

The phrase "option for the poor" is a familiar one among American religious communities, and its advocates often urge us to listen to "voices of the South." The problem is that to date among old-line and some evangelical and Catholic communities, such attentiveness has been selective. So far the "voices from the South" that have [...]

Although I now blush to acknowledge it, one   afternoon when I was a junior in college I placed a pomegranate before the picture of a well-known Eastern mystic. This happened in a Transcendental Meditation Center which had set up shop near campus. Once the fruit was in place, my instructor turned to me and began [...]

Imagine, if you will, a day when the bishops of the United States write pastoral letters arguing that socialism is a recipe for moral and political disaster, that economic progress in the Third World will not come about in the absence of moral uplift (particularly in sexual conduct), that the nation's popular culture and intellectual [...]

Every so often on a recorded or live concert, I will hear a program, usually a musical program, often bluegrass or country-western, in which the master of ceremonies will introduce some singer. As the singer approaches the microphone, the announcer will say, most friendly like, "Ladies and Gentlemen, won't you please make welcome. . . [...]

The other day, searching around on my shelves for a book old enough to seem new to me, I opened one and met a letter from a long-ago boyfriend marking the page. Moving down the shelf, I lifted another book and found a letter from another long- ago boyfriend serving the same purpose. Romantic missives [...]

Read Dostoevsky before going to the Soviet Union. Dostoevsky said that there are two ages of man: from the ascent of man to the death of God, and from the death of God to the annihilation of man. A grasp of this chronology is the only fitting preparation for what one sees and experiences in [...]

To protest the wearing of furs by marching, not barefoot, but shod in the skin of animals may be taken as a symbol of our time. Cultists of nature are in full cry, and if they are unable to see the people for the trees, they have, as the mad often do, their reasons. Indeed, [...]

There is no such thing as stage biography. Life doesn't cooperate with art, certainly not with the art of the drama. When a playwright presents a real person's life on stage, or even just part of that life, he may not only pluck events out of life's disorganized flow and arrange them for maximum narrative [...]

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