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October 29, 2001

Vol.185 / No.13
Books
Edward Collins Vacek October 29, 2001

According to Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith it may be heretical to hold that church teaching can learn from experience If so this collection of essays is filled with heresy In the Vatican approach one begins with Catholic teaching Exper

Letters
Our readers October 29, 2001

Absolute PacifismStephen T. Krupa, S.J., is right to emphasize Dorothy Day’s absolute pacifism, to which she held even during World War II (“Celebrating Dorothy Day,” 8/27). But I’m not sure that the pacifism of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. also deserve that char

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

Columns
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

Books
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