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October 29, 2001

Vol.185 / No.13
The Word
John R. Donahue October 29, 2001

In his wonderful novel Handling Sin Michael Malone portrays Raleigh Whittier Hayes a rather proper lawyer in a small Southern town whose life begins to fall apart when his eccentric father a defrocked Episcopal priest flees from a hospital bed with a young prostitute Hayes did believe in God

Valerie Schultz October 29, 2001

I was worried about associating with the Catholics, confides a woman at our monthly community meal. But this pasta is good! She asks me to wrap up a plate to go, for her friend next door. She leaves with a box of groceries, two blankets and a stylish red winter jacket.We are here each month to offer

Francis J. Butler October 29, 2001

This past June, the U.S. bishops tightened up the ethical guidelines that govern the operation of Catholic health facilities around the country. The revised guidelines require Catholic hospitals to place greater distance between themselves and the affiliate organizations offering sterilization servi

Thomas R. Murphy October 29, 2001

Gail Buckley rsquo s synopsis of African American involvement in the armed forces adopts as its thesis Harriet Beecher Stowe rsquo s declaration in 1855 that blacks have always fought magnanimously and heroically for their country despite its violations of their civil rights To demonstrate Stowe rs

Robert W. McChesney October 29, 2001

The monstrous terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 have prodded the nation to reexamine itself. As America races to combat agents of global terrorism, particularly fundamentalist Islamic extremists, decision makers should proceed prudently so as to build the requisite broad coalition at home and abroad. A

William Bole October 29, 2001

This past summer for once, the talk of taxes around the country was not just about how high they are. It was about how to spend the $300 or $600 in rebates mailed out by the Internal Revenue Service with compliments from President George W. Bush, who signed a trillion-dollar-plus tax bill in early J


Top Vatican Diplomat Says U.S. Military Response JustifiedNearly a week into a U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan, a top Vatican diplomat said America’s military response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was justified but must avoid taking civilian lives. Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, the V