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July 30, 2001

Vol.185 / No.3
The Word
John R. DonahueJuly 30, 2001

Difficulty in reflecting or preaching on the Assumption has always been the absence of any biblical account that the quot ever Virgin Mary having completed the course of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into heaven quot Pius XII Nov 1 1950 The dogma arose from centuries of reflec

John R. QuinnJuly 30, 2001

The working document for next October’s international synod of bishops is now being circulated. The text, titled The Bishop: Servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Hope of the World, runs to 120 pages and has 229 footnotes. Significantly, the pope’s groundbreaking encyclical on Ch

Books
George M. AndersonJuly 30, 2001

Toward the end of a summer vacation in 1993 at her Connecticut home Antoinette Bosco received the kind of telephone call that mdash to use her own words mdash quot leaves a family with lives permanently shattered quot The call came from a sheriff in Montana who informed her that her son and dau

Of Many Things
David S. ToolanJuly 30, 2001

How did it happen that Christianity—which prided itself on its expansive love, extended even to enemies—should itself resort to violence? “More Christians,” writes Paula Fredriksen in a recent review (The New Republic, 6/18) of H. A. Drake’s Constantine and the Bishops:

John F. KavanaughJuly 30, 2001

In 1985 James Froemsdorf, a Missouri state trooper, a husband and the father of three young daughters, was shot three times and killed by a wanted felon who had been stopped for speeding. Although the criminal was handcuffed, he was able to free one of his hands, grab the officer’s gun and kil

The Word
John R. DonahueJuly 30, 2001

The host of a morning news program was interviewing a writer from Forbes magazine who was lamenting the financial losses suffered by various dot-com billionaires He said that one person rsquo s fortune had fallen to a mere 170 million and another had only a billion left I could barely hold back m

Doris DonnellyJuly 30, 2001

Cardinal Danneels, did you plan this intervention at the May consistory beforehand? No. At synods, I usually wait about a week before I speak. First I listen. I feel the temperature. I listen to what has been said, what has not been said, and what I think needs to be said at that point. Some bi