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June 18, 2001

Vol.184 / No.20
The Word
John R. Donahue June 18, 2001

The solemnity of St John the Baptist is a prelude to the Lukan readings about to unfold in the remainder of Ordinary Time John the Baptist wears a multicolored coat in the New Testament He is a wild desert preacher dressed only in camel skin and eating locusts and wild honey who inaugurates a wi

Terrence Berg June 18, 2001

Looking over the shoulder of the police detective at his computer monitor, I felt my stomach churn. He was posing as a 14-year-old girl in a chat room. Within moments, a strange man, age 42, was making a proposition. With so many positive media reports focused on the miracles of the Internet as a co

Letters
Our readers June 18, 2001

But Hey, Who’s Counting?

Just wanted to call to your attention a figure from the last 10 issues of America. Eighty percent (8 out of 10) of the first letters in the letters column were from religious.

Oops: just received the May 28 issue. Now it’s 9 out of 11! Interesting

Books
Constance M. McGovern June 18, 2001

The tale begins in the spring of 1945 when a war-weary world began to prepare for peace and dream of freedom The delegates of 50 nations who gathered in San Francisco that April forged a charter for the United Nations that pledged each nation to promote the rights of all individuals No one had y

William Bole June 18, 2001

Ever since Seattle erupted into a free-trade fighting zone during the World Trade Organization’s 1999 meeting, the very scheduling of a global economic gathering has become a provocation to activists worldwide. What happened suddenly in Seattle has been transformed into rituals of resistance l

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ June 18, 2001

My Jesuit province is in the process of “discernment,” as St. Ignatius liked to say. We’re attempting to map out the future of the Society of Jesus in New England—praying together about where God might be calling us, considering new ministries and evaluating our traditional o

Poem
Elizabeth Burns June 18, 2001

For I will consider my daughter Cecilia.