May 1, 2002 |
Legislation has been introduced in many states recently to make employers pay for contraceptives for their workers. Politicians argue that failure to cover these services constitutes a needless burden on women. But don't be fooled. Concern about providing more comprehensive health insurance is hardly the issue. The disturbing thread running through these bills is the intent to purge from law any recourse to conscientious objection in matters of human reproduction. And since today the Catholic Church stands alone in opposition to contraception, one could argue that Catholic health-care professionals and Catholic institutions are being singled out for harassment.
May 8, 1999 |
'Conscience," explains the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "is a judgment of reason whereby the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act that he is going to perform, is in the process of performing, or has already completed. " And it adds: "In all he says and does, man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right. " A law that strongly protects a person's obligation of conscience, particularly in the area of his professional work, is admirable.
March 6, 1998
Fred W. Friendly once said that, with TV, "we can take the people there and show them what is happening. " This TV pioneer, president of CBS News and godfather of public broadcasting died Tuesday at 82. With Edward R. Murrow, Mr. Friendly set a standard for integrity that the world of journalism still reveres. He wanted the broadcast journalist to be a person you instinctively trusted - free from personal or institutional bias, free most of all from the green smear of the dollar.
May 21, 2004 |
Lately, some U.S. bishops have been warning Catholic politicians who support abortion rights - politicians such as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry - that they should refrain from Communion. The issue has reached such a peak that on Wednesday, 48 Catholic members of Congress (all Democrats) sent a letter to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington that such a campaign might revive anti-Catholic bigotry. This campaign is ironic, since it suggests that the hierarchy might be repudiating the church's own teachings about religious freedom and conscience.
April 11, 2005 |
I once worked in a philosophy department in which one of the professors was active in NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. The secretary, a deeply religious woman named Julie, was assigned the task of typing up his man-boy love manuscript and sending it off to the publishers. She came close to quitting, but was the sole bread winner for three children. Finally, she held her nose and typed one-handed. I think of Julie when I think about the issue of whether pharmacists should be permitted to refuse to fill prescriptions at which their conscience balks.
December 15, 2002
When the threat of war tests our nation, it is easy to understand why naming a high school for activist Bayard Rustin gives some of us reason for pause. To many, these times seemingly call for American unity; one nation indivisible; duty before personal expression. But Mr. Rustin, in another era haunted by war, fought the majority view, seeking change where it was unheard of - and largely unwanted. This African American, who was raised in West Chester, came of age during a time of rigid restrictions: racial, political, and social.
January 31, 1986 |
A case of a lawyer who suffers an untimely attack of conscience and exposes his disreputable client is so rare that you might think directors would be tempted to look into it. Then again, they might retort that nobody would believe such a movie. Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, an amiable and neatly turned blend of sex and politics, offers a rebuttal of this view. And with Gerard Depardieu arguing before the court, one comes to believe in this outburst of principle. Rive Droite, Rive Gauche, which is playing today and next Thursday as part of the series of French film premieres at the Theater of the Living Arts, is a piece that seeks to charm and amuse rather than provoke.
October 23, 2011 |
BEIJING - They are calling it the death that awakened the conscience of China. A 2-year-old girl crushed by two vans last week and then ignored by 18 passersby as she lay bleeding on the street died at 12:32 a.m. Friday of systemic organ failure at a hospital in the southern Guangdong province. By midday, there were two million condolence messages flooding the Internet for the girl, whose name was Wang Yue, or Yueyue for short. "Heaven's roads have no cars. Go in peace, little Yueyue," wrote one woman.
February 21, 1996 |
Maybe it was the approach of Lent that pricked the thief's conscience. One week after a TV/VCR was stolen from St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Chester Avenue, the set turned up on the church doorstep, undamaged. "I'm sure whoever did it felt bothered by it, [but] we're not sure what the true story is," said a church spokeswoman who asked that her name not be used. According to Moorestown police, a church worker noticed the set missing Feb. 10 but did not report the theft until Feb. 17. That morning, officers questioned church regulars, including youths in the community-service program, church workers and a neighborhood youth who once vandalized the church by leaving a running hose in its mailbox.
March 15, 1995 |
During the half-century that Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics, he demanded that his players dress and act as proper gents. "I will not tolerate profanity, obscene language or personal insults from my bench," he said. "I will always insist as long as I am manager of the club that my boys be gentlemen. " "Mr. Mack," as he was always called, led by example. Uniquely among managers, he persisted in wearing a business suit, with tightly knotted tie, in the dugout. His grandson, Sen. Connie Mack (R., Fla.)