January 9, 1996 |
Mother Mary Laurentia Dalton, a former superior general of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, died Saturday in the infirmary at New Sharon, her religious order's community in Rosemont, following a long illness. Mother Laurentia was superior general from 1958 to 1970, and was the first American to head the order of teaching nuns since the death in 1879 of Cornelia Connelly of Philadelphia, who had founded the society in England in 1846. Born in New York in 1902, Mother Laurentia died on her 94th birthday.
May 2, 2008
A BIG thank you to Christine Flowers for her op-ed pointing out that Catholic- bashing has become an accepted bigotry in today's culture and that the church and its members have become whipping boys for the world's ills. Devoted and conservative Catholics are routinely ridiculed for adhering to the teachings of Jesus and for following the traditions and commandments handed down through the Bible. While people like Bill Maher would rather dance to the tune of an unbridled society that has given us abortion (45-plus million dead)
December 15, 1997
American films reflect changes in society The change in consciousness reflected in the movies has to do with the recognition by American society of its pluralism. Both moviemakers and moviegoers have learned to accept that in addition to millions of white Protestants in America, there are millions of people who are not white or Protestant. . . . More and more the sex symbols are men and women from the Caribbean or the islands of New Zealand. Characters simultaneously embody several ethnic identities.
August 6, 1997
On compassion, responsibility, history Our society is a compassionate one, and so it is tempted to excuse the individual from responsibility because of past injustice or social ills. A concern with these deficiencies is necessary if we are to improve our society, but this concern ought not to be carried so far that the idea of personal, moral responsibility is eroded. . . . When our nation accounts to history, we will not have the defense of diminished capacity. And when our heroes are counted, they will be the ones who recognized that individual responsibility is a celebration of freedom, not its denial.
April 10, 1986
The motion picture industry has a responsibility to present to the public films that are uplifting and not injurious to society. That responsibility has been shirked in large part in recent years however. It would be interesting to see the effect on our society if themes of love and laughter replaced those of outlandish sex and uncalled-for violence. Instead of gratuitous foul language, maybe some good old-fashioned, intelligent dialogue, spiced with wit and meaning, could be added.
June 9, 2010
RE FRANCIS Palmer's May 22 letter taking aim at a previous letter of mine: Socialism isn't about handouts. The working class creates nearly all the value in America. But since we are a capitalist society, most of the value generated by our hard work is taken by a tiny minority of wealthy owners in the form of profit. This is plain to see when we observe a corporation pulling in billions in profits while so many hardworking people struggle to get by on $9-$10 an hour. I envision a society where workers, the vast majority of Americans, can work hard and live comfortably.
October 25, 1996 |
It's that fragrant time of year again.The Affiliated Orchid Societies of Southern New Jersey is staging its sixth annual show at the Moorestown Mall. Doris Maxim eyed some of the orchids on sale yesterday. There are more than 25 society, individual and commercial exhibits. The show's last days will be today and tomorrow (from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and Sunday (from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
May 26, 1988 |
The Abington chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America celebrated its 50th anniversary by putting on a show at Abington High School Friday. At left, Joe Redgate leads group members in a last-minute rehearsal. Above, Tom Alexander gets into the seafaring spirit during a rehearsal of "Row Row Row Your Boat. "
July 3, 2008
WHEN I was growing up, I recall a world leader making a statement to the United States. His words said we do not have to destroy you ourselves, capitalism will do that. I didn't pay much attention until now. I pick up the paper and read about people being killed over material things. I asked myself, is this what we've become, a society of things, iPods, cell phones, videos? I listen to people say the problem is guns. I can't go along with that. The problem is our value system.