September 16, 2002

Vol. 187 No. 7Whole No. 4580

Editorials

A Pre-emptive War?

For months Washington and the world have been debating the Bush administration’s professed desire to carry out a pre-emptive war against Iraq.

Articles

Forgive and Forget?
Mona H. Villarrubia

On the way home from a hospital stay several years ago, my husband and I stopped at a toy store to buy presents for our two sons.

The Dallas Charter and Due Process
Kevin E. McKenna

Before banks of cameras, intense lights and the gaze of victims of sexual abuse, the bishops of the United States recently debated in Dallas a new policy to “repair the breach” with those damaged a

Ain't I a Fool?
Charles Christopher

Many read reports about victims of sexual abuse and wonder why the victim did not come forward earlier. Some readers suspect financial motives for newly important memories of abuse.

Books and Culture

Books
From Seal to Public Servant
Ron Hansen
In this disarmingly honest and haunting memoir, the former governor of Nebraska and United States senator Bob Kerrey tells the story of h
Books
Whose Divine Right?
John F. Kavanaugh
What more appropriate time than this year of bombings, retaliations, wars and rumors of war to investigate the meaning and practice of te
Books
A Qualified Victory
Tom OBrien
As James M. McPherson notes at the opening of his new book, Sept. 17, not Sept. 11, was the worst day in American history—Sept.

Columns and Departments

The Word
No Fair!
John R. Donahue
Faith in Focus
Where Is God in the Clergy Abuse Crisis?
Carol A. Mitchell
Columns
On Being a Patriot
Thomas J. McCarthy
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
John Predmore
Letters
Letters
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