Correspondence

CORRESPONDENCE Married homosexuals Los Angeles, Calif. To the Editors: I take exception to a basic assumption of Richard P. McBrien's "Homosexuality and the Priesthood" [June 19], i.e., that...

...514: Commonweal...
...Bernard Brodie had already said that in 1947...
...As an Episcopal priest, my impression is that our two churches have about the same percentage of homosexual clergy...
...Prof...
...We have been trying to deter the undeterrable...
...Thus nuclear deterrence can be achieved with many fewer weapons, and with simpler, more stable, safer systems...
...Illustrations: Cover, Tom whittemore, Rothco...
...What would the temptation be like if one of the adversaries thought he could get away with it...
...By 1960, however, we had long been trying to deter much else with our nukes...
...That the definition is ignored, distorted, or corrupted by warmonger and peacemonger alike does not affect its validity...
...1, 1924, to current issues available through University Microfilm, 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106 and on Microfiche from Bell & Howell, Wooster, Ohio 44691...
...THE REVEREND ROBERT BROWN Is deterrence moral...
...That constitutes, in my mind, an immoral stance...
...Properly defined, deterrence even nuclear deterrence is the discouragement or dissuasion of someone from doing a certain thing...
...In 1962, the year of the Cuban missile crisis, we and the Russians were not capable of' 'killing each other twenty times over" or of destroying the world, as we are today...
...To the Editors: I am interested in any information (recollections, personal papers, articles, etc...
...Second-class postage paid at New York, N.Y...
...But they have done as they pleased, anywhere...
...The first step must be taken...
...To say that nothing is moral but Total Disarmament Now is to make the ideal the enemy of the attainable...
...Levels of nuclear armament on , both sides were miniscule by today's standards...
...The first step toward "something better" is to reduce armament levels to .where "mutually assured destruction" would not mean, as it means today, "mutually assured total annihilation...
...Would it be moral to encourage or persuade someone to launch a nuclear attack...
...The temptation to launch a nuclear attack is always present, even between adversaries who can destroy each other dozens of times over...
...Boston, MA 02215...
...p. 527, Handbook ofPictoral Symbols, Dover Publications...
...But that Kahn was a personal advocate of "no first use" tells us something about what he wanted...
...That Brodie later changed his mind is beside the point here...
...Deterring the undeterrable is what puts us in peril...
...Is deterrence moral...
...Dulles's "massive retaliation" doctrine of 1954 wassupposed to deter the Soviets from doing anything at all beyond their borders...
...To the Editors: I missed the May 8 editorial ["Is deterrence moral...
...Saratoga, Calif...
...That should come as no surprise when one considers that most homosexual men and women in the general population are married...
...Salvador de Madariaga wrote in 1960 that the only possible "use" for anyone's nuclear weapons was to deter others from using their nuclear weapons...
...College of Basic Studies...
...520, 531, Paul Valerry...
...Then succeeding steps can be taken toward the ideal of a world without nuclear weapons and even toward a world without war...
...Deterrence" has come to mean too much, attempt too much...
...Is McBrien suggesting that God calls more homosexuals than heterosexuals to celibacy...
...I therefore feel that if clergy in the Latin rite were allowed to marry, there would be the same proportion of straight and gay priests and seminarians...
...concerning the journalist Donald Attwater who wrote for Commonweal and Blackfriars in the 1930s and 1940s...
...Kahn never proposed anything specific that was "better" before he died in 1983...
...Herman Kahn wrote in 1962 that all deterrence does for us is buy us time, and in that time, we must come up with something better than deterrence...
...Boston University...
...Serials Data program No.: ISSN 0010-3330...
...We and the Soviets have not, so far, spent our time in seeking something better...
...Pace Caspar Weinberger, it does not mean "fighting and winning a nuclear war...
...Saints and mystics have said that it is not sinful to be tempted-, but it is sinful to tempt...
...Yet we and they were deterred...
...p. 522, Dennis Renault, Sacramento Bee...
...that inspired the reader letters printed in your issue of July 17...
...Reading those letters, I am at a loss to understand what either you or any of the correspondents means by "deterrence...
...To the Editors: I take exception to a basic assumption of Richard P. McBrien's "Homosexuality and the Priesthood" [June 19], i.e., that mandatory celibacy in the Latin rite results in a disproportionately high number of homosexual clergy...
...The requirements of pandeterrence have us multiplying weapons and accepting dangerous instabilities in the weapons systems...
...A belief that deterrence will always keep us safe ("deterrence will not fail") is foolish, but it is not immoral.' NICHOLAS ROSA An author's request Boston, Mass...
...Perceptions now are not stronger ,or clearer than they were then...
...We, they, and the watching world were, it should be noted, every bit as frightened and appalled as we can be today...
...Copyright © 1987 Commonweal Foundation...
...Most homosexual priests I know in our church are married...
...JAY P. CORRIN Commonweal is indexed in Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, Catholic Periodical Index, Index of American Periodical Verse, Book Review Digest and Book Review Index, Microfilm from Vol...
...870 Commonwealth Ave...
...It most certainly is...
...Jay P. Corrin...

Vol. 114 • September 1987 • No. 16


 
Developed by
Kanda Sofware
  Kanda Software, Inc.