07/01/1991

Victim Status Since the platform for the Free Speech Movement, Berkeley's famous Sproul Plaza is now a veritable ethnic smorgasbord, with many students speaking to each other in Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili, and Tagalog. It is apparent to visitors that the 1960s have not really left Berkeley. There is a thriving street trade in tie-dyed shirts. [...]

Victim Status Since the platform for the Free Speech Movement, Berkeley's famous Sproul Plaza is now a veritable ethnic smorgasbord, with many students speaking to each other in Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili, and Tagalog. It is apparent to visitors that the 1960s have not really left Berkeley. There is a thriving street trade in tie-dyed shirts. [...]

The quality of an era is to be judged, said Nietzsche, by the letters that are written in it. It is in letters that people show what they care for, what they revere, and how well they understand things. In the nineteenth century most Americans did not go to college, most managed no more than [...]

In February Georgetown University granted regular student-group status to an organization called "G.U. Choice." That organization favors permitting elective abortion. Regular status means the group in question is eligible for all the funding and logistical benefits available to student organizations generally. Georgetown's president points out that in giving this status "the university does not approve, sanction, [...]

If there is a crisis in Catholicism, that crisis has surely touched the liturgy as deeply as any other aspect of Catholic life. It is a mark of how integral the liturgy is to our religion that we do not talk easily of it and are slow to admit that there may be something awry; [...]

Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 78 that judges must regard the Constitution "as a fundamental law," by which he meant that no legislative act contrary to the Constitution can be valid. The Constitution is the rule of law intended by the people. Of course, this "fundamental law" reflects certain underlying convictions. As the preamble to [...]

From his major philosophical text The Acting Person to his first social encyclical Laborem Exercens, Karol Wojtyla has been fascinated by the human capacity to originate action, by initiative and by "creative subjectivity." His embrace of "creation theology" in Laborem Exercens led him to his articulation of "the fundamental right of personal economic initiative" in [...]

Editor's note: Rocco Buttiglione is a professor at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and the author of many books and articles on Catholic social thought and the life and thought of Pope John Paul II. He has been a philosophical collaborator with the pope for many years. It seems that one of the [...]

Justice," I tell my classes, "is the harshest of the virtues. It is blind and relentless and in its own way inhuman." If the world were built on justice alone, or even perhaps justice at all, it would be a terrible place. Fortunately, as St. Thomas says, the world is not so built. The world [...]

A young friend lately bestowed upon me a singular honor. Much to my surprise and delight, she asked me to be her sponsor when at the Easter Vigil she became a member of the Catholic Church. I had never had the privilege of standing in the post of sponsor, and I was as eager as [...]

A dull, dreary garage sale in East Toronto. Amongst the broken power tools and soiled dinner set is a pile of pallid books. An upwardly mobile couple approach, and begin to sort through the motley collection of dusty volumes. "My God, darling," from the thrilled and hopeful husband. "This is an Imsberg Bible! Must be [...]

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