09/01/1991

What passes for theology nowadays has had gratifyingly little effect on the religious lives of people. Many dissenters, angry that it resists their efforts at redesign, portray the Bark of Peter as having sprung so many leaks that submersion is imminent. Yet one tempted, like Lord Jim, to jump ship and leave the pilgrims to [...]

What passes for theology nowadays has had gratifyingly little effect on the religious lives of people. Many dissenters, angry that it resists their efforts at redesign, portray the Bark of Peter as having sprung so many leaks that submersion is imminent. Yet one tempted, like Lord Jim, to jump ship and leave the pilgrims to [...]

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Military Exorcises The grounds of New York's Cathedral of St. John Divine were "reconsecrated" in a "service of atonement" after Defense Secretary Richard Cheney and Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf took part in a memorial service June 9. The Reverend Dan Berrigan, S.J., excoriated the trio in remarks reported by the National Catholic Reporter: [...]

The recent controversy concerning "political correctness" on campuses may seem to many to be academic. Most people do not spend a lot of time on campuses. University politics seem an arcane topic to them. My sad experiences as a "politically incorrect" professor may help to acquaint the reader further with the realities of current campus [...]

All the formulas, all the precautions of orthodoxy, all the scruples of literal conformity, all barriers, in a word, are powerless to safeguard the purity of the faith. If the spirit should be lacking, dogma becomes no more than myth and the Church no more than a party. —Henri de Lubac, Paradoxes of Faith Over [...]

I first broke laws back in 1969, when I was working for Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers in California. We were picketing vineyards, boycotting the grocery stores, nonviolently interfering with the profitable operation of the grape industry to the extent of our abilities, and, yes, defying court orders. In 1972, I became one of the [...]

Editor's note: The rampant theft of Nicaragua's state property by top Sandinista comandantes is fast becoming an international scandal. The practice has become known as the "Sandinista piñata" after the popular children's party game in which a papier-mache piñata is broken open with a stick and then everyone scrambles for the goodies. This frank and [...]

Editor's note: After Virginia Governor Doug Wilder attacked Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas as a "devout Catholic," he was forced to backtrack slightly, apologize "if anyone was offended," and claim that the nominee's religion "should not be a badge of consideration." Others were less accommodating; feminist Florence Kennedy, for instance, said, "It's bad enough to [...]

Scott Walter had sent me a notice of the annual Vassar used book sale, held during May usually in the Departmental Auditorium, across from the Museum of American History and Technology on Constitution Avenue. During the sale itself, Dennis Bartlett also reminded me of it when he told me that he had purchased for a [...]

For many men today, fatherhood is a tenuous, provisional state—something that can be annihilated by a woman's decision to abort her child, or compartmentalized by a marital breakup. Even a man who voluntarily seeks in divorce an illusory freedom or a second chance may wince at the price such "happiness" exacts, both in the pain [...]

Before I had a chance to indulge in a short prayer of thanks for the miracle of our third child, the nurse blurted out, "Well, is that it?" Few questions have rendered me more dumbstruck than the nurse's intrusion into our family's future after five hours of labor. When my wife quietly responded that we [...]

As a father who has read aloud about 3,500 children's stories in the past ten years, I have concluded that it is a sign of artistic brilliance to be able to appeal to children while not driving a parent to tears of boredom or bouts of nausea. I loathe intensely The Poky Little Puppy; I [...]

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