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Economics & Catholic Social Teaching

A Map for the Christian Family-Man

Barbara E. Rose

March 2019

Instead of frittering away his time, a young man needs to take charge of his livelihood and plan his own family-centered home economy.

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Perfecting the Social Order

Thomas Storck

December 2018

The foundations of Catholic social teaching are not in economic morality but in Catholic doctrine about the state and the nature of the human person.

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Cooperation & Supernatural Brotherliness

CAPE BRETON DIARY — PART II

Richard Upsher Smith Jr.

September 2018

Subsidiarity and solidarity were practiced in Cape Breton under the influence of the Catholic social-justice experiment, the Antigonish Movement.

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Economics for the Human Person

REDISCOVERING THE HUMAN FACE OF COMMERCE

James V. Schall

November 2017

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The Bishops' Pastoral on the Economy & the Scandal of Catholicism

"RUM, ROMANISM & REBELLION" — REVISITED

Dale Vree

September 2017

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Making Sense of Papal Economics

Christopher Beiting

October 2015

A review of Papal Economics: The Catholic Church on Democratic Capitalism, from Rerum Novarum to Caritas in Veritate

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Can Free-Market Principles Reverse America's Decline?

David J. Peterson

May 2014

A review of Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future

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New Names for Old Things

THOMAS STORCK REPLIES

Thomas Storck

May 2014

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A Caricature of Charity

A PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR WHOM?

John A. Perricone

May 2014

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More Valuable Than Money
November 2012

The Church's teaching office is highly centralized, but her finances are highly -centralized -- making for a system prone to mismanagement and abuse.

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What Does It Mean to "Serve Mammon"?

A HEART PIERCED WITH MANY PANGS

Christopher Zehnder

October 2012

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Man-Child in the Promised Land
September 2012

Men have suffered from the 'single-mother revolution': A significant subculture of unattached fathers exhibits a notable lack of maturity and a retardation of genuine masculinity.

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The Limits of the Moral Law

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS "SOCIAL SIN" ?

Thomas Storck

June 2012

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Cornered by the Market
May 2012

Once the 'market mentality' infects a society, authentic human relations suffer. Do we want a market economy or a market ? Where should consumerism end?

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Is Your Job on the Endangered-Species List?
June 2011

As the economy and culture become increasingly feminized, how long will it be before we start speaking of a "glass ceiling" for men?

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Why Consumerism Still Consumes Us

STUCK ON THE HEDONIC ESCALATOR

Eric Brende

April 2011

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American Catholics: Unclear on the Concepts
March 2011

Are American Catholics dense? That seemed, at first blush, to be the underlying message delivered by Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson.

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The Christian Art of Christmas Spending

WHAT IS MONEY FOR?

Mitchell Kalpakgian

December 2010

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Get Married, Save the Economy
October 2010

One aspect of the gay-marriage brouhaha has largely gone unnoticed and merits consideration: Gay marriage is good for business.

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Business Ethics According to Pope John Paul II

ENTERPRISE AS AN ACT OF LOVE

Jim Wishloff

September 2009

All our actions in enterprise must be, according to John Paul II, "in conformity with the dignity and integral vocation of the human person."

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Recovering the Virtue of Prudence in an Age of Fraud

LAST THINGS

Tom Bethell

March 2009

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The Enemy Within
December 2008

Why are wealthy bankers being handed golden government parachutes while our neighbors who are being foreclosed are kicked to the curb?

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Houses Built on Sand

EDITORIAL

Pieter Vree

December 2008

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Christopher Lasch, Radical Orthodoxy & the Modern Collapse of the Self

CAPITALISM: A CHRISTIAN HERESY?

Adam Parsons

November 2008

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The Traditional Catholic Worker Movement

Thomas Storck

January 2008

Dorothy Day's movement is a solid expression of traditional Catholicism, rooted in the spirituality and thought of the Church.

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Economics Is Not Chemistry

Thomas Storck

June 2007

Review of The Handbook of Economic Sociology

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The Church’s Social Patrimony

Thomas Storck

July/August 2006

A review of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

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The Background to ‘Rerum Novarum’

Thomas Storck

February 2006

Review of Catholic Social Teaching: An Historical Perspective by Roger Aubert, edited by David A. Boileau

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Absolute Economic Power Corrupts Absolutely

Thomas Storck

November 2005

Review of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Financial Success, But at What Price?

BEN FRANKLIN & BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER

Mitchell Kalpakgian

November 2005

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The Spiritual Hazards of Wealth

REFLECTIONS ON CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

Tom Bethell

April 2005

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A Giant Among Catholic Economists

Thomas Storck

February 2005

Review of Lehrbuch der Nationalöko-nomie/Teaching Guide to Economics by Heinrich Pesch

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Possessed by Our Possessions

Thomas Storck

September 2004

Review of Take Back Your Time: Fighting Overwork and Time Poverty in America edited by John de Graaf

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Why (Most) Women Will Never Again Be Happy
May 2004

What happens when the professional-class woman has children?

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Is Globalization Inevitable?

Thomas Storck

April 2004

Review of Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Report of the International Forum on Globalization edited by Berrett-Koehler

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The Social Purpose of Private Property

Thomas Storck

March 2003

Review of Managing as if Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization by Helen J. Alford, O.P. and Michael J. Naughton

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"The Church's Best Kept Secret"

Thomas Storck

February 2001

Review of An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching

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Can Economic Justice Be Achieved Without Law?

FALLEN MAN & FALLEN MONEY-MAKING

Thomas Storck

October 2000

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The Scandal of Catholic Teachers' Pay

LOW-PAID HIGH-ACHIEVERS

Rupert J. Ederer

April 2000

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'Power to the People' Can Only Mean Property to the People

A PRACTICAL RESPONSE TO CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

John C. Medaille

January 2000

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The Religion of the Marketplace

NONJUDGMENTALISM, COMPETITION & THE PRIMACY OF DESIRE

Joseph Tussman

September 1999

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Neither Statism nor Individualism

THE CATHOLIC VIEW OF MAN & SOCIETY

Thomas Storck

June 1999

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The Sovietization of American Women

"NYET," SAY THE POPES

Rupert J. Ederer

May 1999

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Capitalism Is Squandering Its Inheritance

GUEST COLUMN

David C. Stolinsky

April 1999

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Our Economy of Paper & Hot Air

DISNEY BOSS IS PAID $565 MILLION IN ONE YEAR

Rupert J. Ederer

September 1998

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The Americanization of the Globe

THE "NEW ORDER OF THE AGES"?

Thomas Storck

February 1998

It is in the economic and political interests of the U.S. to ensure the world’s common language is English, and common standards are American.

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Toward a Family-Centered Economy

STRENGTHENING THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE

Allan C. Carlson

December 1997

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Is Economic Justice Possible in This World? (Is Chastity?)

ON THE PERSEVERANCE OF AUTHENTIC CATHOLICS

Thomas Storck

October 1997

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The Dilemma of Catholic Corporate Executives

IN A SYSTEM THAT PUNISHES VIRTUE & JUSTICE

James K. Fitzpatrick

December 1996

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Why the Frathouse Boy With the Adam Smith Tie Doesn't Look So Smart These Days

HEY, THE GO-GO 80S ARE REALLY OVER!

James K. Fitzpatrick

March 1996

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Cultural Socialism & the Culture of Capitalism

TWO FACES OF ANTI-CHRISTIAN MATERIALISM

Thomas Storck

March 1996

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Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

DON'T RUSH IN WHERE RUSH DOESN'T FEAR TO TREAD

James K. Fitzpatrick

December 1995

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The Counterculture Turns Right (Economically)

THE WORST OF BOTH LIBERALISM & CONSERVATISM

James K. Fitzpatrick

October 1995

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The Blessings of Downward Mobility

CAN WE RECOVER THE LOST AMERICAN DREAM

Andrew Sorokowski

October 1995

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Sin Is Good For the Economy

THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET

William A. Marra

June 1995

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The Problem Is Not Too Many People

ON POVERTY & POLLUTION

Thomas Storck

June 1995

In most circles it is an article of unquestionable faith that the world has a population problem. But are there too many people for one earth?

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A Just Society: It Cannot Be Drawn on a Balance Sheet

THE ENDURING WISDOM OF POPE PIUS IX

James K. Fitzpatrick

April 1995

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Chastity as a Form of Economic Subversion

THE AMERICAN ECONOMY OF DESIRE

Christopher W. Decker

December 1993

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With the Down & Out in Waterbury

A CATHOLIC WORKER COMMUNITY IN THE BRASS VALLEY

Tom Cornell

September 1993

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Anti-Capitalism on the Southern Horizon?

Arthur F. McGovern

July-August 1993

Review of The Two Churches: Catholicism & Capitalism in the World System

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Distributing America

BEYOND REGONOMICS AND CLINTONOMICS

Thomas Storck

May 1993

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The Cathedral of Business

THE BARBARIZATION FROM WITHIN

Norman Lear

April 1993

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On Michael Novak's Democratic Capitalism

ANALYZING THE MORAL DEFENSE OF FREE-MARKET CAPITALISM — PART III

Charles K. Wilber & Laura M. Grimes

May 1992

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On Brian Griffiths, Mrs. Thatcher's Christian Economic Advisor

ANALYZING THE MORAL DEFENSE OF FREE MARKET CAPITALISM — PART II

Charles K. Wilber & Laura M. Grimes

April 1992

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On Gary North, Texas Fundamentalist

ANALYZING THE MORAL DEFENSE OF FREE MARKET CAPITALISM — PART I

Charles K. Wilber & Laura M. Grimes

March 1992

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A Case Study: Laying Off American Workers, Gouging Mexican Workers

PLANT RELOCATION VS. CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING

James W. Donovan

January-February 1992

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The Importance of Catholic Social Teaching for Envisioning the Good Society

FOCUSING ON THE PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY

Robert N. Bellah

November 1991

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The Triumph of Capitalism — or the Rise of Market Totalitarianism?

THE COLONIZATION OF PERSONAL & SOCIAL LIFE

Robert N. Bellah

March 1991

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Reflections on the Past & Future of Democratic Socialism

IN LIGHT OF THE CRUMBLING OF COMMUNISM

Irving Howe

October 1990

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If Not Communism or Capitalism, What?

CHRIST AND NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

September 1990

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Liberation Theology

John C. Cort

July-August 1990

Review of Liberation Theology and Its Critics: Toward an Assess­ment, Liberation Theology: A Doc­umentary History, and Gustavo Gutierrez: An Intro­duction to Liberation Theology

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Adventures of a Middle-Class Catholic Bag-Lady

THE HUMOR OF SIMPLICITY

Ronda Chervin

June 1990

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The Evolution of Liberation Theology

MOVING AWAY FROM MARXIST ANALYSIS

Arthur F. McGovern

June 1990

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The Gospel & Co-operatives

Christ and Neighbor

John C. Cort

June 1990

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The Underclass, Part VI: What Is to Be Done?

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

March 1990

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Economics as if God Mattered

Stuart Gudowitz

January-February 1990

Review of Ethics and the National Economy

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Conspicuous Consumption & the Falling Rate of Enjoyment

ON THE VERTIGO OF EVERYDAY LIFE

Patrick Murray and Jeanne A. Schuler

January-February 1990

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The Underclass, Part V: Children & Violence

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

December 1989

We see kids on the street with guns and stacks of $100 bills. There’s no rule of law, no belief in anyone’s laws -- not man’s, not God’s.

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The Underclass, Part IV: Schools & Mentors

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

October 1989

One youth says, “I look at those teachers and their books, and I say: man, you’re out in space, and I’m where I am, and there’s nothing between us.”

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The Underclass, Part III: Drugs

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

September 1989

How else to think of drug use — by anyone, living anywhere — as but the most obvious evidence of nihilism, of despair?

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The Underclass, Part II: Widespread Teenage Pregnancy

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

July-August 1989

Girls in the ghetto are hungry for love, and desperately afraid of not going along with the social, cultural, and sexual pressures of the street.

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Why Socialists Should Drop Marx

DEMYTHOLOGIZING A GIANT

John C. Cort

June 1989

Marx should neither remain a dominant theorist of the worldwide democratic socialist movement, nor the source of ideas, strategy, or analysis.

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The So-Called Underclass, Part I

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

June 1989

Why don’t the “underclass” want to leave it? Is there, perhaps, some failure not of psychology or school experience but of the moral imagination?

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The Pope Confounds the Neoconservatives

Dale Vree

April 1989

Review of Aspiring to Freedom: Commen­taries on John Paul II's Encycli­cal "The Social Concerns of the Church"

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The Obsolescence of Left & Right

ON THE EXHAUSTION OF THE IDEA OF PROGRESS

Christopher Lasch

April 1989

The “crisis of modernity” remains unresolved by a “sham conservatism” that merely sanctions the unbridled pursuit of worldly success.

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The Social Thought of Michael Novak: At Odds with the Principles of Catholic Social Thought

ANATOMY OF A CONSERVATIVE DISSENTER

John C. Cort

November 1988

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Shame on You, Harvard!

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

September 1988

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Bodies for Sale: The Inhuman Face of Industrialism

GUEST COLUMN

Juli Loesch

June 1988

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Cafeteria Catholicism & the Pope's Encyclical

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

May 1988

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The Workers of Weirton Steel: Putting Catholic Social Teaching into Practice

A MODEL OF ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY

Pete Sheehan

December 1987

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Life in Consumer Catalogues (For Irina Ratushinskaya*)

GUEST COLUMN

Iris Rozencwajg

November 1987

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Symposium on Humane Socialism & Traditional Conservatism

AN ALLIANCE AGAINST ECONOMIC & CULTURAL "ME-ISM"?

Thomas Molnar, John B. Judis, John Lukacs, James G. Hanink, Sheldon Vanauken, Michael Lerner, Christopher Derrick, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Samuel Hux, Russell Kirk, John C. Cort, Juli Loesch, L. Brent Bozell, Robert Coles, Christopher Lasch

October 1987

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On Human Robots, Yuppies & the Meaning of Work in America

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SENSE OF "CALLING"?

Paul F. Scotchmer

July-August 1987

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American Conservatism’s Lost Soul

James J. Thompson Jr.

April 1987

Review of The Search for Historical Meaning by Paul Edward Gottfried, The Capitalist Revolution by Peter L. Berger, Conservatism by Robert Nisbet, Alexis de Tocqueville by Michael Hereth, and Irving Babbitt in Our Time edited by Panichas & Ryn

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Did Novak Intimidate the Bishops?

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

March 1987

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Implementing the Catholic Social Vision

Dale Vree

March 1987

Review of A Preface to Economic Democracy by Robert A. Dahl

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Ten Years & Still Rolling

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

January-February 1987

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Voluntary Poverty

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

January-February 1987

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A Victim of Spiritual Poverty

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

December 1986

I know a successful businessman who is a victim of spiritual poverty, and some materially impoverished people I’ve met are spiritually affluent.

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Heinrich Pesch & the Economics of Solidarism

NEITHER LAISSEZ-FAIRE CAPITALISM NOR STATE SOCIALISM

Rupert J. Ederer

November 1986

Pesch designed an economic system that is opposed to both liberal capitalism and state socialism and is based instead on Aristotelian-Thomistic philosophical premises.

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Capitalist Self-Seeking or Christian Self-Denial?

“FREEDOM OR VIRTUE?”— REVISITED

L. Brent Bozell

October 1986

Christ’s earthly work, and ours, will be done when crosses are no longer needed for the salvation of men — when the poor are no longer with us.

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On “Liberation Theology”

HARVARD DIARY

Robert Coles

September 1986

A poor woman once told me that the Church “belongs” to her kind of people, not to them, the rich, the quite comfortable — appearances notwithstanding.

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Short-Term Thinking & the Decline in Values

THE REWARDS OF PATIENT CAPITAL

Norman Lear

September 1986

We are controlled by numerical systems run amok — creating lists and statistics, SAT scores and Nielsen ratings, Gallup and Harris polls, and the fearsome “bottom line.”

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Base Communities

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

July August 1986

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The Vatican’s New Look at Liberation Theology

ON THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE CHRISTIAN TO THE WORLD

Russell Shaw

June 1986

The Church has attempted to correct the excesses of radical liberation theology and that “dualistic” Christianity that views the Church as a fortress and calls on Christians to retreat within its walls.

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Haiti: Discovering Wealth in Poverty

GUEST COLUMN

Gil Hedley

May 1986

We are blind to the vast and real poverty of our own country, which may only become apparent upon encountering spiritual wealth.

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A Critique of the Second Draft

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

May 1986

The people of the USA are unwilling to make the right to a job a top priority and to get up the money to pay for it, even though they can easily afford to do so.

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The Catholic Bishops & the Political Theory of Philanthropy

THE SECOND DRAFT OF THE PASTORAL ON THE ECONOMY

Dante Germino

April 1986

Morality based on the opening of the soul expressed by the prophets of Israel, the mystic philosophers of Greece, and the authors of the Gospels defies all calculations of self-interest and promises joy.

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Reinhold Niebuhr & Benigno Aquino

CHRISTIAN FAITH, HUMAN NATURE & DEMOCRACY

John C. Cort

April 1986

Niebuhr believed that many of the values of democratic society, while highly prized in the West, are neither understood nor desired outside the West.

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The Sanctity of Life & the Right to Adequate Health Care

DETERIORATING HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA

John O’Connor

March 1986

Infant mortality, life expectancy, and disability rates confirm that the poor and uninsured permanently suffer the consequences of our broken healthcare system.

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Bad Things & Good People Revisited

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

March 1986

Vertical religion and horizontal religion are parts of an integral whole. You go up by going sideways, and you go best sideways by focusing upward.

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Mother Teresa: Guided by Those She Guides

Robert Coles

March 1986

Mother Teresa started as her own version of a street person, so to speak, and the vision she had was as simple as Christ’s vision has always been.

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Insatiable Love

Eileen Egan

March 1986

Gandhi, after an early distaste for Christianity because of its relationship to imperialism and aggressive “soul-savers,” came to a deep identification with the message of Jesus.

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Billy Graham to the Rescue?

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

January-February 1986

I fantasize that some contemporary Nathan the Prophet might chat with the President, not about sins like adultery and murder but about social sins. I’m afraid a Catholic bishop would not be right for the part.

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On the Bishops’ Draft Pastoral on the Economy & the Hostile Reactions to It

THE CENTRAL ISSUE IS MORALITY

Kenneth D. Whitehead

September 1985

Conservatives' slogan “Mater, si! Magistra, no!” can on­ly mean that papal teachings don't count for much compared to their superior wisdom.

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Is a Union Good or Bad?

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

September 1985

Don’t believe the talk that unions have had their day, that the trend from blue-collar to more white-collar and service jobs has spelled their doom in the U.S.

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The Vatican Looks at Non-Marxist Socialism

WITH THE WISDOM OF THE AGES

Thomas Molnar

July-August 1985

In its universal concern, the Church cannot be a mouthpiece for the West, even if, as a result, the Pope is accused of “misunderstanding the free-market economy.”

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Physician, Heal Thyself

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

July-August 1985

A curious schizophrenia afflicts the corporate body of American Cath­olic institutions when it comes to the question of how to deal with a trade union.

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The Motherhood of the Church

Dale Vree

June 1985

If the priest were to overcome the counter-stigmata of the man with clean hands, and the Church go beyond almsgiving, the priest would have to roll up his sleeves and get dirty.

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Nicaragua & Neighborliness

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

May 1985

The U.S. could have weaned Nicaragua away from the Soviets by the exercise of a little good neighborliness and the avoidance of a large amount of international immorality.

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The Odyssey of an American Priest in Guatemala

INTERVIEW WITH FR. RON BURKE

Richard Bermack

April 1985

My name was placed on a hit list; I was accused of being a communist. At the same time we were leafleted by guerrillas, who were attacking our stand on nonviolence.

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The Truth About the A.C.T.U.

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

April 1985

The resistance of American workers to communist domination of their trade unions was based on something far more solid than anti-communist hysteria.

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Comments on the First Draft of “Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy”

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

March 1985

The average Catholic will ask himself, “What can I and my parish do for economic justice? How should my spiritual life affect my social behavior and my habits of consumption?”

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Did the Bishops Strike Out in Pawtucket?

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

March 1985

A real difficulty with the bishops’ pastoral letter on the U.S. economy is the ignorance and apathy of both laity and clergy.

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The Two Minds of Modern Conservatism

DEBATING THE ROLE OF VIRTUE IN SOCIETY

Steven Hayward

January-February 1985

The ultimate pitfall of classical liberalism is the annihilation of morality and the destruction of meaningful community life.

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The Vatican & Liberation Theology

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C. Cort

January-February 1985

Liberation theologians, Catholic and Protestant but mostly Catholic, have been a major factor in struggling against poverty in Latin America.

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