04/01/1992

In the United States, as apparently, in most other Western countries, the governing word for post-conciliar Catholicism is "confusion." The Second Vatican Council came as a surprise to almost everyone, and for some years most Catholics had difficulty making out what it was supposed to mean. The easiest way of explaining it — and the [...]

In the United States, as apparently, in most other Western countries, the governing word for post-conciliar Catholicism is "confusion." The Second Vatican Council came as a surprise to almost everyone, and for some years most Catholics had difficulty making out what it was supposed to mean. The easiest way of explaining it — and the [...]

This article is adapted from an address to the Women for Faith and Family and the Consortium Perfectas Caritatis. Who is called to missionary activity? The answer is quite clearly stated in the documents of the Second Vatican Council (Lumen Gentium, Unitatis Redintegration, Ad Gentes, Apostolicam Actuositatem, among others) in the apostolic exhortations Evangelii Nuntiundi [...]

Allen Ginsberg, one of the few remaining Beat Generation legends, visited Butler University in Indianapolis during October as part of the university's Visiting Writer Series. Various festivities were scheduled around his arrival, and fans of his in the area — many of them in the university's English Department — were in a near-frenzy for weeks [...]

The National stake in education is twofold: first, society should consist of skilled and competent people able to fulfill the citizen's responsibility to elect and assess governments. Second, education is a primary way to enable each citizen to fulfill his or her personal potential, irrespective of any societal needs. Thus for any modern democracy, and [...]

Whether it is because of the wise leadership of John Paul II, or because of changes in the world outside the Church, or simply because all of the dead wood has now had time to fall from the tree, it seems as though the worst is over of the turmoil following the Second Vatican Council. [...]

In any list of heroes of the post-conciliar Church in the United States, the name of Monsignor George A. Kelly would figure prominently. By disposition and acquired character he is the quintessential insider, a man at home in his vocation who for over 50 years as a priest has not only worked in parishes but [...]

In an Easter meditation he published in The Tablet of London on April 8, 1939, Monsignor Ronald Knox wrote that in comparison to other political and civil societies in history, the Church has not changed much. The sequence of rebellion and radical change that appears to be inherent in other institutions does not seem so [...]

It became apparent to my mother early on that in terms of height I was headed in my father's lofty direction. My vertical climb was slow and steady. I never experienced the horror of being the gawk at the end of the line — but I was close. Observing the tendency of tall girls to [...]

If you are heated, it will cool you — if you are depressed, it will cheer you — if you are excited, it will calm you. ~Gladstone I confess, I am an addict — an addicted tea drinker. This is, I surmise, partly the fault of my grandmother, who played a very influential role in [...]

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