05/01/1994

Some political philosophers argue that the American republic is "ill-founded" because founded on Hobbesian and Lockean principles, which are (a) wrong in themselves and (b) incompatible with traditional principles of natural law, virtue, and character. This makes doubtful the recent Christian language of rights, and masks contradictions within it. Father Fortin in this issue offers [...]

Some political philosophers argue that the American republic is "ill-founded" because founded on Hobbesian and Lockean principles, which are (a) wrong in themselves and (b) incompatible with traditional principles of natural law, virtue, and character. This makes doubtful the recent Christian language of rights, and masks contradictions within it. Father Fortin in this issue offers [...]

The Catholic Campaign for America Forges Ahead By Thomas Patrick Melady The Catholic Campaign for America (CCA) was conceived because there is a cultural, spiritual, and moral crisis in America that Catholics are uniquely positioned to do something about. Several Catholic leaders rallied to support the initiative, and a Board of Directors, consisting of William [...]

"I guess it shows the Vatican is obeying us," quipped San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores on hearing of the Vatican's official permission for girls and women to serve at Mass. "I'm very happy about it. The American bishops had asked for this about ten years ago," he told the San Antonio Express. A letter dated [...]

As part of God’s promise that He would scatter Jews throughout the Diaspora (Deuteronomy 31 and 32), there was the mysterious notion that they would then serve as a barometer of their host country's spiritual state. Spain's golden age, for instance, was reflected by the religious devotion of Spanish Jewry. In contrast, the decadence of [...]

I saw Jack Willke in the offices of the National Right to Life in July 1989, on the day that the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. Willke had been, for many years, the president of National Right to Life, shuttling between Washington and his medical practice in Cincinnati. [...]

On March 21, 1994, Washington Archbishop James Cardinal Hickey sent the following letter to President Clinton My dear Mr. President, I must take strong exception to the recent remarks of the Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, advocating homosexual behavior and expressing support for adoption by so-called homosexual couples. Furthermore, I deeply regret her apparent intolerance of [...]

[WARNING: Much of the language reported here will offend mature adults. The New York Board of Education intended it for children.] After the 1993 populist revolt that led to the rejection of the Rainbow Curriculum and the demise of Chancellor Joseph A. Fernandez and Mayor David Dinkins, one would think New York City's social engineers [...]

For all the benefits that it provides and for which we can be immensely grateful, modern liberal democracy does not of itself produce a strong attachment to the common good of society and was not calculated to do so. Anyone in search of models of public-spiritedness will have to look elsewhere, as did our American [...]

In their youth, Americans learn that in 1776, with a "shot heard 'round the world," theirs was the first country in history to be established on the basis of a Declaration of the universal rights of man. In France, school children learn that the first country to have this honor was theirs, in 1789. These [...]

Everyone who cares about freedom owes a great debt of gratitude to the people of Poland. That Poland was the trigger for the Revolution of 1989 in east central Europe is widely recognized throughout the world; and thus Poland gets (and deserves) high marks for its essential, even unique, role in the collapse of European [...]

Editor's note: Bartolomé de las Casas (1474 a Spanish missionary-priest and historian, died 22 years before the birth of Thomas Hobbes; he argued vigorously for humane treatment of non-Europeans. I want to cite here one stark story from among the many offenses, grave evils, gruesome injustices, the shocking damages done by the Portuguese in their [...]

Editor's note: In this second of three installments of his essay, "The Person: Subject and Community," Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II examines the many dimensions of the I-thou relationship as they pertain to human action, the formation of conscience, and authentic community. Reprinted by permission from Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, Person and Community: Selected Essays, [...]

In C.S. Lewis’s Anthology of the remarks of George Macdonald, we read, "Until a man has love, it is well he should have fear. So long as there are wild beasts about, it is better to be afraid than secure." The virtue of courage is normally understood as the virtue by which we rule our [...]

The Blessed Sacrament is Christ, the whole Christ. He was giving us Himself. In so many other things He laid the stress on the invisible, the immaterial; His kingdom, He said, is not of this earth: His peace is not of this world. Yet, in giving Himself to the world, He deliberately chose to emphasize [...]

A fair rendering of animal rationale, the classical definition of the human being, is "the animal who talks." Since humans exist in groups—we only come to be, and survive, in families—this entails listening as well as talking. Perhaps more listening than talking. In fact, there is an awful lot of organized listening going on. One [...]

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