07/01/1994

Because God clearly commands His followers to care for the sick, the lack of universality in health insurance coverage is of more than passing importance to Christians. But achieving universal coverage creates a dilemma that has troubled theologians, the Church, and practical Christians for a long time, and it is now a central political issues [...]

Because God clearly commands His followers to care for the sick, the lack of universality in health insurance coverage is of more than passing importance to Christians. But achieving universal coverage creates a dilemma that has troubled theologians, the Church, and practical Christians for a long time, and it is now a central political issues [...]

Not so long ago, I was sharply criticized by a priest during a public debate. "Isn't it paradoxical," he said, "that a member of a begging order promotes free enterprise in his writing and speech? What is more, that he is a confrere of Saint Thomas of Aquinas, who was so critical with regard to [...]

The question as to whether there may be a "cult" surrounding the works, and indeed the person, of C.S. Lewis is a piquant one. Loud shouts of "Never!" from the one side and "Indeed!" Indeed!" from the other. Doubtless anyone who is a Lewis reader of more than the most casual stripe will have an [...]

Walter Hooper is the literary executor of the estate of C.S. Lewis. He also was Lewis's friend and personal secretary during the last months of Lewis's life, and is editor of Lewis's posthumously published works. Five years ago he converted to the Catholic Church from Anglicanism. He was in the United States last summer to [...]

I got the idea for this fantasy from a dear and respectable gentleman who is a college professor, like myself. He told me that he had conceived the idea of a satirical article for a professional journal of philosophy entitled, "F---ing as the Only Intrinsic Human Good." But he decided against writing it because he [...]

You be the judge. An official Chicago archdiocesan report notes that, of 5.6 million people in Cook and Lake counties which constitute the archdiocese (not the entire Chicagoland area, let it be noted), about 2.3 million, or 41 percent, are Catholics. However, of the 1.3 million, only one-quarter attend Mass on Sunday. There are 73 [...]

Viewed in the long run of history, the business corporation is a fascinating institution. It is a social institution, independent of the state. Its legal existence is transgenerational; it goes on even when its progenitors die; and it may endure across many generations. Its members come to it voluntarily. They do not give it all [...]

On the solemnity of Pentecost, Pope John Paul II signed Ordinatio sacerdotalis, an apostolic letter in which he stated that "in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Luke [...]

When columnist Father John Catoir, of the Christophers, addressed a convention of the Newark Archdiocesan Council of the National Council of Catholic Women, April 30, he urged women not to leave the Church because they are enraged about the Catholic hierarchy's treatment of women: "You must own up that you are not angry at the [...]

During the 1950s and '60s when,   in the name of freedom of expression, our courts were busy voiding obscenity, national security, and other laws limiting freedom of expression, a saying of Voltaire was routinely invoked as an ethical standard to which we should all repair: "I disapprove of what you have to say, but I [...]

It is hard to find a parallel for the Fourth of July among any other nation. Some countries celebrate their special day by means of a military parade; others simply have no such day at all. Nobody else marks a national anniversary with such a beguiling mixture of fierce patriotism and innocuous pleasure: picnics in [...]

I have been putting out the call for suggestions and counsel on the strategy of the Modest First Step, and from all parts of the country the calls and letters have come. One interesting call, bearing news as well as advice, came from an old friend in the pro-life movement, Richard Stith from Indiana. Richard [...]

Certain kinds of letters strike fear into human hearts. Dear John letters and IRS letters certainly come to mind. For students in the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame the infamous "Latin letter" could be added to that category. Last spring, I received one. "I am sorry to inform you that you have failed your Latin [...]

On the last week in April each year, two famous track and field meets are held, one at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, the other at Drake University Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. When I was a boy in high school in Iowa, we used to compete in the Drake Relays. I well recall that there [...]

It’s hard to read many lives of the saints without suspecting that well-balanced diets and regular dental and medical check-ups were not matters of great moment to them. Many of the saints we venerate most warmly, such as Francis of Assisi, subjected their bodies to severe fasts, nightly vigils, exposure to the elements, and sheer [...]

When England went into a socialist nosedive and the level of culture and civility correspondingly sank, Evelyn Waugh said that the only way he could continue to live in his native land was to imagine that he was a tourist there. Since we have here no lasting city, there is a sense in which each [...]

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