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July 29, 2002

Vol.187 / No.3
The Word
John R. Donahue July 29, 2002

Who forgot the mustard Such pleas often punctuate summer cookouts and picnics in the park The Gospel though not exactly describing a picnic on the Galilean hills tells of Jesus meeting the needs of hungry followers nbsp Matthew alternates in his presentation of Jesus between stories about his

Camille DArienzo July 29, 2002

St. Pancras Church in Glendale, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Queens, is directly across the street from where I live. I have given up counting the number of services since Sept. 11 that ended with the wail of bagpipes. They signal sorrow, a reminder of senseless destruction and irr

Angie O July 29, 2002

Welfare, at least as we have known it for the last five years, expires on Sept. 30, 2002. The reauthorization process is well under way and will set the direction for social and family policy for the foreseeable future. It seems a suitable time, therefore, to evaluate the 1996 reform—“th

The Word
John R. Donahue July 29, 2002

Marian feasts season the liturgical calendar as the Assumption falls in the middle of Ordinary Time Though rooted in ancient tradition especially the Eastern tradition of the ldquo Dormition of Mary rdquo this celebration unlike the Annunciation the Visitation and Our Lady of Sorrows has no

Chester Gillis July 29, 2002

The bishops of the United States walked a tightrope in Dallas as they tried, during their annual spring meeting on June 13-15, to accommodate four different cultural matrices. Under the glare of the media lights representing the many publics they hoped to address, the bishops acted firmly, if not de


David Toolan, America Editor, Dies of CancerDavid S. Toolan, S.J., an associate editor of America for many years, died of cancer on July 16 at the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in New York. He was 66. Father Toolan joined America in 1989 after working at Commonweal for 10 years as an associ

Faith in Focus
J. Ronald Knott July 29, 2002

In my 32 years as a priest, I have been threatened by the Ku Klux Klan, have been thrown out of a ministerial association because I am a Catholic, have had fundamentalist preachers run me down by name on the radio and have had a knife pulled on me in church for a homily I gave. I have also seen one