07/01/1992

America's most famous contemporary philosopher, Richard Rorty, has at first glance made it easier now to write from the express viewpoint of Christian (or any other) faith. There is no mirror of nature, he writes. There are no objective foundations for knowledge. There is nothing over against which to measure the mind. There is, as [...]

America's most famous contemporary philosopher, Richard Rorty, has at first glance made it easier now to write from the express viewpoint of Christian (or any other) faith. There is no mirror of nature, he writes. There are no objective foundations for knowledge. There is nothing over against which to measure the mind. There is, as [...]

In View

Our Gallup-Given Rights Thanks to the latest poll released by the Gallup Organization on June 18, we Catholics now know what God should do with His old-fashioned rules. And so do the American Bishops since, by some stroke of divine luck, the poll coincided with their meeting on the role of women in the Church. [...]

As a media figure for more than half a century, Malcolm Muggeridge knew what it was to become an image. His face and name were multiplied and replicated innumerable times, on radio waves, television screens, and in books and newsprint. While this kind of public exposure tends to feed one's vanity, Muggeridge also knew the [...]

A discussion of John Paul II's latest encyclical, Centesimus Annus, begins logically with a brief examination of the famous document whose centenary it commemorates, Pope Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum, the grandfather of the great social encyclicals of our century and the one that singlehandedly created a new theological discipline now commonly referred to as the [...]

The twentieth century has been characterized by a long-running debate between "socialism" and "capitalism." But as the century draws to a close, it seems that the issue has been decided not by debate but by a kind of trial by ordeal in which one system has proved itself superior in practice. What we have witnessed [...]

Editor's note: The following primer in Catholic social teaching is based on an address by Rocco Buttiglione to a conference held at Christendom College to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Rerum Novarum. Mr. Buttiglione is professor of political philosophy at the University of Teramo; he worked closely on the drafting of Centesimus Annus. On Doctrine [...]

As I approached the end of the fourth grade at Our Lady of Fatima grade school in Seattle, I looked forward to becoming an altar boy. I looked up to them. Those older boys got to wear the white albs, stand up near the priest, and be in front of the entire church. They looked [...]

A narrow-minded, violent zealot—this is the media's image of the pro-lifer. Helen Alvare fits another description. She is 31 years old, Hispanic, and Ivy League educated; she is a feminist, a lawyer, and an aspiring theologian—and she is also pro-life. She is the Director of Planning and Information for Pro-Life Activities at the National Conference [...]

Editor's note: We reprint in its entirety the vice president's infamous "Murphy Brown" speech, delivered to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. As you may know, I've just returned from a week-long trip to Japan. I was there to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the reversion of Okinawa to Japan by the United [...]

Dear Colin: For some time, I have been troubled by your comments before Congress in February about the suitability of gay and lesbian Americans for service in our nation's armed forces. On the one hand, I was pleased to see you admit that the exclusionary policy is no longer defended for national security purposes. As [...]

I do a good deal of walking. In the instructions to my new Dexter walk shoes (more anon), I am told "walking conditions almost all of your 650 muscles, and uses all of your 206 bones." Now, I happen never to have known the number of my muscles, let alone bones. Nor do I do [...]

Domestic goddess—it's Roseanne Arnold's term and it's what I'm supposed to be. That is, I opt out of the marketplace in favor of staying home. This suggests reveling in housewifery, defined when I was in school in terms of the twin pillars of cooking and sewing. I am supposed to find satisfaction slipcovering wing chairs [...]

Why does a man climb a mountain? "Because it is there." The cliched use of this expression has come to shroud its genuine philosophic significance. Such a rationale implies that the endeavor in question is an end in itself, that it requires no justification and has no practical goal. The many alpine expeditions I have [...]

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