06/01/1992

A crisis of unusual character is looming in the Congress. The crisis will see Jews pitted against Catholics, Catholics against evangelicals, evangelicals against evangelicals—and Unitarians, Muslims, American Humanists, and American Indian groups will also join the fray. The subject will be a bill presented by Congressman Stephen Solarz (D., N.Y.), who claims that religious liberty [...]

A crisis of unusual character is looming in the Congress. The crisis will see Jews pitted against Catholics, Catholics against evangelicals, evangelicals against evangelicals—and Unitarians, Muslims, American Humanists, and American Indian groups will also join the fray. The subject will be a bill presented by Congressman Stephen Solarz (D., N.Y.), who claims that religious liberty [...]

Recently we honored John FitzGerald, the senior member of the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame on his eightieth birthday. He said a few words in response to the tribute and spoke of various past events with vigor, wit, and clarity. While far from as venerable in years as he, I lived through some of the [...]

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Going It Alone Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country have decided to forego federal funds rather than comply with a Bush administration ruling banning abortion counseling and referral's at federally funded family planning clinics. Planned Parenthood's Wisconsin affiliates rejected $2.25 million in federal aid; as a result three of its 38 clinics will close and [...]

Spanish civilization crushed the Indian; English civilization scorned and neglected him; French civilization embraced and cherished him. —Francis Parkman, The Jesuits in North America We have arrived at anno Domini 1992, the five-hundredth anniversary of Columbus's first voyage to the New World, but the date has assumed more than chronological significance. By the fall, everyone [...]

The Kennedy legacy can be summed up in a single word: "image." And John Kennedy had the most favorable image any American politician ever enjoyed. While he lived, he seemed dashing, urbane, vital, courageous, even heroic. He had been a war hero, and he won a Pulitzer Prize for history. His wholesome good looks attracted [...]

In his Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Newman wrote that Anglicans would never convert to Catholicism en masse. Rather, individuals would come home to Rome a few at a time as they grew unable to tolerate the abuses in their own communion. Ronald Knox probably provided the best explanation for such foot-dragging in his own spiritual [...]

Teaching at the University of Budapest one semester each year brings one in a quasi-immediate contact with the intellectual-political establishment. In this respect, Hungary is like France, where the intelligentsia is near-compact, a republic of letters where everybody knows everybody else. This does not mean, again like in Paris, that people are friendly to each [...]

My brother-in-law in Medford, Oregon, ever alert to the cause of my continuing education, sent me a "Calvin and Hobbes," a cartoon series I confess not to read much in spite of its explicit metaphysical and theological overtones. The scene begins in a schoolroom. The schoolmarm is standing before the blackboard instructing the class on [...]

When I was growing up I was exposed to the traditional sort of deep-cleansing household that most of my fellow babyboomers experienced. In addition to the weekly cleaning routine, our house underwent full-scale scrubbing every spring and fall. I helped rub in the special kitchen cabinet cleaner, put down fresh shelf-liner, clean glass light globes [...]

Ambivalence is defined as "the simultaneous attraction toward and repulsion from an object, person, or action." To any person who knows the dubious blessing of a fondness toward the sport of chess, ambivalence is doubtless the most accurate description of his attitude about the royal game. The devoted chess-player loves and despises chess for what [...]

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