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April 16, 2001

Vol.184 / No.13
Valerie SchultzApril 16, 2001

From the daily barrage of news, certain stories stick with me. When my daughters were small, the reports of children abducted from campgrounds or snatched on their way to school haunted me. As they grow older, accounts of teenage drivers wrapped around trees or spread on freeways resonate. But for s

Our readersApril 16, 2001

Catholic Common Ground

I couldn’t agree more with John Dean’s letter (3/26) asking for intra-church dialogue and praising Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s Catholic Common Ground Initiative. But I want to assure him and your readers that the Initiative is alive and well and that the

The Word
John R. DonahueApril 16, 2001

For those who have made the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius the stress on what Ignatius calls repetitions initially seems tedious Ignatius exhorts the retreatant to repeat and spend days or more on the same meditation asking whether he or she feels consolation or desolation or arrives at some

The EditorsApril 16, 2001

J. R. R. Tolkien, the Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon who became famous by inventing the Hobbits, once pointed out that the Gospel story begins and ends on a note of joy. It begins with the birth of Jesus under the stars in Bethlehem, a moment of purest joy, and it ends with his resurrection in the

Ladislas OrsyApril 16, 2001

The trial (yes, trial in the full legal sense) of Jacques Dupuis, S.J., has been concluded, and the author of a pioneering work, Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism, has been cleared of the suspicion (or was it a charge?) of having deviated from the Catholic faith. He is free to have


I do not know William O rsquo Malley S J but I wish I did I say this because I want both to establish and qualify the objectivity I bring to this review O rsquo Malley who teaches religious studies at Fordham Prep in the Bronx N Y says that God The Oldest Question offers a fresh look at beli

Tax season is upon us once again. For many it is a time of dread, not only because of the complexity of the task, but also because of the likelihood of paying more taxes. Feeling already overtaxed, many may find President George W. Bush’s proposed tax plan appealing. There is something in it f