Bishop Paprocki Calls on Catholic Politicians to Take Sides

Thomas Paprocki, the bishop of Springfield (the state capital of Illinois), has issued a decree barring the Illinois State Senate President and House Speaker—both ostensibly Catholics—from receiving Communion in the diocese.  The June 2 decision took place in response to enactment of abortion legislation codifying in state law an unlimited abortion liberty through birth, in [...]

Can the Soviet Union Be Reformed? An Interview with Vladimir Bukovsky

George Urban: Soviet man! This is a hoary topic, but for me it has a continuing fascination because it is the key to the question, "is there such a thing as 'socialism' or 'communism' in the USSR?" You say in your book that the concept of Soviet Man was the starting point for all the [...]

How Not to Debate Liberation Theology: Avoid the Real Argument

I have worked with Michael Novak on five books and countless articles, speeches, and columns. Like my predecessors, I occasionally wonder whether reviewers are reading different versions of Novak's books than mine. Criticizing his, or anyone else's views is usually helpful; such debate is the essence of civilization. But little is served by ignoring or [...]

Thirty Years Later: Hungary’s Failed Revolution

Hungary has had an atheistic government for the past forty years. Hungarians today seem happy, healthy, and prosperous. Is this proof of the effectiveness of Marxism, communism, and atheism? The examination of this question is particularly timely because of a distinct break-point in history thirty years ago. In 1945 the Communist Soviet Union wrested the [...]

Sense and Nonsense: On Teaching Us About God

On Pentecost, 1986, John Paul II published a fundamental encyclical, Dominum et Vivificantem, on the "Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World." This encyclical is meant to be the third part of a series on the Trinity — still, as Frank Sheed used to remark, the most fascinating of topics to [...]