02/01/1992

The Catholic Church teaches that we, as citizens, share responsibility for the political order. As the parties gear up for the 1992 local and national campaigns, they are calculating how to win by building majorities. Catholic citizens will find no better occasion to assert their political principles and to insist that the parties respect their [...]

The Catholic Church teaches that we, as citizens, share responsibility for the political order. As the parties gear up for the 1992 local and national campaigns, they are calculating how to win by building majorities. Catholic citizens will find no better occasion to assert their political principles and to insist that the parties respect their [...]

In Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, and other cities, public school administrators and boards, almost all of them black, are in despair at the destruction that young black males are visiting upon themselves. They have decided that one possible solution is schools designed for the needs of boys, especially black boys. In Eastern cities many public high [...]

Almost every American supports the proposition that no individual ought to be denied the right to a job, an education, to vote, or to any of the other privileges of citizenship because of his race, color, religion, or sex. Indeed, the civil rights laws of the 1960s were passed to bring the nation's laws into [...]

It is often said that there is a vocations crisis, but this is a terribly vague expression that fails to indicate the problem, and so fails to suggest a solution. The term vocation means calling, so a "vocations crisis" is literally a "calling crisis"—which makes no sense at all. Suppose a man who was charged [...]

C. S. Lewis’s fame and influence have so steadily risen after a fall in the mid-1960s that he is now an established figure, valued well beyond his devoted Christian readership. Many of his works are classics, in Carl Van Doren's sense of not having to be rewritten, and he has produced a vital literature, "news" [...]

The Ramsey Colloquium Editor's note: The Ramsey Colloquium issued the following declaration "to prepare the American public to understand the questions involved in initiatives for euthanasia." A group of Jewish and Christian theologians, ethicists, philosophers, legal scholars, and others, the Colloquium meets regularly under the auspices of the Institute on Religion and Public Life and [...]

Janet E. Smith is one of the most remarkable young Catholic women in this country. I have a vivid image of Janet addressing a roomful of bishops in Dallas some years ago. She was three decades younger than the youngest among them, yet her tone was that of a mother or of a very authoritative [...]

In View

 SEND EUROPE YOUR POOR Western Europeans sometimes enjoy delectatio morosa about the number of the "poor" in the United States. They conveniently ignore the even larger proportion of Western Europeans that are poor by U.S. standards. Just how poor are the U.S. poor? Of the just over 30 million Americans living "in poverty," the U.S. [...]

The first day of the Clarence Thomas Senate Hearings, Mr. Kennedy read from an interview with Mr. Thomas in which Thomas suggested that perhaps in a perfect society we would not need things like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Commerce, and other such worrisome bodies. Mr. Kennedy was appropriately appalled at this [...]

I celebrated my fiftieth birthday a few months ago. I have never minded telling my age. Since observant people can figure it out anyhow, coyness serves no purpose. And so I tell. Besides, I am strangely attached to my years and even to some of the marks of those years—the lines around the eyes, for [...]

In April 1989, my father died at the age of 89. From 1940 to 1950, he sold 11 short stories to the Saturday Evening Post and millions enjoyed his work, which inspired me in my own desire to write. But it is my father's relation to the Church which is my subject. When a loved [...]

As I reflect on my undergraduate years at Georgetown University—now a full eight months behind me—I realize that many of the most important lessons took place far from the classroom. Indeed, an education remains incomplete unless the formal learning of the classroom is complemented by rich and high-spirited experiences of life itself—experiences to be found [...]

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