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January 19, 2004

Vol.190 / No.2
News

Most Dioceses Now Comply With Bishops’ Sexual Abuse NormsBy the end of 2003, nearly 90 percent of U.S. Catholic dioceses were in compliance with the U.S. bishops’ national policy to protect children and respond to sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, according to the first na

Books
Kelly Cherry January 19, 2004

Most of the time we think of the novel as a temporal art form Like music it begins and ends traversing the time between by way of a plot the plot determined to a degree by the characters whose fates are bound up with it But perhaps we can think of another kind of novel one that in emphasis at

Walter E. Grazer January 19, 2004

A new and distinctively Catholic voice on environmental issues has evolved over the last decade. It links traditional church teaching on creation, the common good, social justice and stewardship to major environmental challenges. This often overlooked development is found in initiatives in parishes,

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ January 19, 2004

On the day after Thanksgiving, I attended the 25th reunion of my high school class and experienced something quite unexpected. Actually, I almost didn’t go. Though I am in touch with most of my good friends from high school, many have moved away and were not planning to attend. Another friend

John F. Kavanaugh January 19, 2004

I was hoping to publish a New York Times best seller this year, but now I’m too late to get it out in time for the presidential campaign. I had the title and everything: Rush Limbaugh, Hillary Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, Teddy Kennedy, George Bush and the Lying Idiots Who Hate Them. The pros

The Word
Dianne Bergant January 19, 2004

How can a message that was intended for people who lived thousands of years ago have any meaning for us today Some of the stories in the Bible certainly make exciting action movies but are we expected to live like that To think as they did To cherish the same aspirations Isn rsquo t the newspap

Letters
Our readers January 19, 2004

Sustaining Life

The commentary by John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Food for Terri Schiavo (11/24), was right on the mark. As a permanent deacon, a medical oncologist and a father of four, I applaud his clear and cogent discussion of the issues involved.

Why must our society confront