A WITNESS THAT SHOULD NOT BE LOST
Ann O’Connor† & Richard Upsher Smith Jr.
Jesuit missionaries left reports on the martyrdoms of many Native American converts to Catholicism. Not one has been canonized.
SLOW ROAD TO ROME
A move to New Mexico would eventually lead us into the Catholic Church, thanks to very devout Christian Navajos and to the relentless leading of the Holy Spirit.
THE BLACK-ROBED DEFENDER OF NATIVE AMERICANS
Clement Anthony Mulloy
Though the Indians held the Black Robes in high regard, one -- above all others -- gained the respect and trust of the Native tribes.
We are called to care for the sojourner and to be sympathetic and responsive to the needs of those fleeing poverty, political oppression, or religious persecution.
The Church can engage in the work of racial reparations, but only while placing the project within a broader moral framework.
THE FETUS AS HOMO SACER — PART II
Jason M. Morgan
Liberalism is, in its essence, universal sovereignty premised on the expendability of life inside the individual’s sovereign domain.
A popular children’s book remains on the 'Teachers’ Top 100 Books' list although its ostensible aim appears to be to denigrate Polish Americans.
Artists are prophetic because they see and experience what those at a distance take longer to see.
It is a cruel irony that, in less than a century, Catholics have gone from being victimized as unwelcome immigrants to being widely perceived as racist victimizers.
Jerry D. Salyer
Scrutinizing bishops for not siding with abolitionists involves a failure to realize that abolitionism was associated with violence and lawlessness.
VITAL WORKS RECONSIDERED, #49
Edmund B. Miller
Man’s efforts are lost if they are not embedded in and do not proceed from the eternal perspective, without which they remain fragmented impulses.
PRELUDES & POINTS — PART II
Richard Upsher Smith Jr.
The missionaries' love enabled them to long for martyrdom for the salvation of souls.
PRELUDES & POINTS — PART I
Historians have to “get inside” their subjects if they are to understand and represent them well. 2,845 miles' worth of investigations are reported here.
WHAT CONSTITUTES CULTURE ?
Public discourse remains limited to material concerns, but what really differentiates human beings is culture, which is founded on religion.
WHAT DOES PIETAS REQUIRE?
A descendant of the South asks: How do we properly reckon with our own families’ participation in historical racial injustice?
A HOUSE DEEPLY DIVIDED
Stanley T. Grip Jr.
The Civil War remains a benchmark of contemporary issues and controversies; it raises questions of right and wrong, good and evil.
Confederate monuments are coming down, as they ought. But once begun, where will it end? Where race in America is concerned, reason and real history have been superseded by sentimentalism and
reaction — on all sides.
DOES ECCLESIAL CONSUMERISM LEAD TO RACIAL DIVISION ?
Anne Barbeau Gardiner
A review of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
Fr. Charles Curran says he now recognizes "the omnipresent reality of white privilege and how it has affected our understanding of and approach to theology."
Pushers of political correctness now desire, if not demand, something called "deep diversity" — that is, eliminating all signs of "whiteness" from campuses across the country.
A review of For the Union and the Catholic Church: Four Converts in the Civil War
A review of A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War
Justice Ginsburg, a powerful abortion advocate, has been working for 20 years to reduce those populations she doesn't "want to have too many of."
Modern-day American "anti-colonialism" is composed mostly of neo-Marxism mixed with a smidgen of post-Victorian disillusionment.
SHUNTED & DESPISED, BUT FAITHFUL
Raymond T. Gawronski
Other Slavic groups had their own churches with their own hierarchies; the Poles were lumped together with all other Catholics but had a different faith life.
Scientific materialism has become the foundation for much of American politics and culture; hence the efforts to turn February 12 into "Darwin Day" in schools.
DRED SCOT & ROE V. WADE
Timothy P. Collins
Precedent is a major component, but the law can become confused and contradictory when an underlying moral question is ignored.
Flannery O'Connor admired Henry James, Hawthorne, and Poe for understanding evil better than most Americans.
David C. Stolinsky
We have dropped the word "character" from our thinking. We can no longer fully grasp what Dr. King meant, so it's no wonder we haven't taken his advice.
A great danger of "diversity" is its apparent sweetness, and it appeals to those who wish to avoid the hard work of judging moral and political perplexities.
The Washington Redskins must now also contend with PC Indian activists.
CAN YOU JOIN THE ELITE?
You know you are a liberal if: (1) You say we should not be judgmental, but you judge and condemn sexists, racists, “homophobes,” etc. (2)...
The benefits of living in a multi-generational "sandwich home" are manifold.
Now the white man is — or is becoming — the burden.
IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE?
John L. Botti
The Southern "Gentleman" of 1860: "I am not in favor of slavery; indeed, personally I am opposed to it. But I do not feel it is my place to impose my convictions upon anyone else!"
JUDEA IS MORE LIKE NEW MEXICO THAN MARYLAND
Leon J. Podles
Desert dwellers see things in their essentials, because a handful of water is precious and little stands between man and the forces of nature.
George H. Dunne
Review of John LaFarge and the Limits of Catholic Interracialism, 1911-1963
THE DEBATE ABOUT WESTERN CULTURE
A SECULAR RELIGION WITHOUT HOPE
Philip E. Devine
Review of Race Matters
Review of Race by Studs Terkel
REFLECTIONS OF AN ANTI-APARTHEID CHURCH ACTIVIST
Rebecca Ann Ginsburg
Christ and Neighbor
John C. Cort
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.
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.”
How else to think of drug use — by anyone, living anywhere — as but the most obvious evidence of nihilism, of despair?
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.
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?
South Africa was a “first world” country for white people (and a few others) and a “third world” country for the majority of its 30 million people.
James J. Thompson Jr.
In 1986 the Alabama legislature voted to observe the third Monday of each year in commemoration of both General Lee and Martin Luther King Jr.
How can experts sort solidly idealistic activists from those who would end up a source of trouble to themselves or to those meant to be helped?
With the collapse of “Christendom” and the rise of the Third World, the Church in our day is beginning to see the Gospel apart from a European matrix.
- Karl Keating