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November 24, 2003

Vol.189 / No.17
Books
Janice FarnhamNovember 24, 2003

ldquo You will suffer for this rdquo With that ominous quotation Anita Caspary begins a tragic and potent narrative of the 1967 crisis that led her religious congregation to dissolve its canonical ties with the Vatican and form an independent ecumenical community Older Catholics have vivid mem

David PinaultNovember 24, 2003

A fascination with ancient Buddhist temples led me in August 2003 to visit Borobudur, an eighth-century monument located on the Indonesian island of Java. But the visit also taught me a great deal about kejawen (“Javanese”) piety—the syncretistic blend of Hinduism and Buddhism with

Editorials
The EditorsNovember 24, 2003

As U.S. casualties mount and stories of military funerals compete for front-page attention with positive Pentagon assessments, the future of U.S. military action in Iraq threatens to become an issue in the presidential politics of the 2004 election year. Democratic candidates have already suggested

Books
Donald P. KommersNovember 24, 2003

A Declaration of Interdependence was published originally in England as The World We rsquo re In Its author a reporter for The London Observer described the British edition as a call to arms against a conservative unilateral world view The military metaphor is apt The book is a slashing take-

Daniel G. GroodyNovember 24, 2003

He was standing on the side of a rural road in Southern Arizona, about 50 miles from the Mexican border, where the Sonoran desert is dry, desolate and deadly. As I drove by, I could see he was holding up an empty water jug in his hand, asking for help. I kept driving for the next mile, but thought o

The Word
Dianne BergantNovember 24, 2003

One of the most exacting challenges from the Second Vatican Council was its summons to read the ldquo signs of the times rdquo It was a call to reflect deeply on the events unfolding before our eyes and to respond to them out of mature faith This was difficult because many of us were accustomed

Faith in Focus
George M. AndersonNovember 24, 2003

Esperanza is Spanish for hope, and one person whose presence has brought hope to Hispanic immigrants in Delaware’s poultry processing plants is Rosa álvarez. A Carmelite Sister of Charity who is herself an immigrant—from Spain, years ago—she is one of the founders of a commu