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June 7, 2004

Vol.190 / No.19
The Word
Dianne Bergant June 07, 2004

This feast combines two previously separate celebrations Originally each feast concentrated on one aspect of the awesome mystery of the Eucharist Christ rsquo s body or his blood Joined with each other they bring together the depth and richness of this theology Looking first at important theme

Thomas C. Berg June 07, 2004

This is not a good time for religious freedom in American law. More and more, U.S. courts are explicitly embracing arguments that religious freedom extends only to those religious practices that are confined and compartmentalized. Religious practices are explicitly receiving reduced protection if th

Editorials
The Editors June 07, 2004

The United States went to war in Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction and depose Saddam Hussein. No weapons have been found; Saddam is under arrest. The time has come to declare “mission accomplished” and announce a deadline for bringing the troops home. The administration has mad

Books
Terry Golway June 07, 2004

Not long ago an English critic and essayist Geoffrey Wheatcroft cast a cold eye on the rash of memoirs written by Irish Catholics from both sides of the Atlantic Would there ever come a day Wheatcroft wondered when an Irish-Catholic memoirist would have something good to say about his or her f

Andrew M. Greeley June 07, 2004

The Roman Catholic clergy in the United States report with dismay—and not a little self-pity—that their churches, once filled on Sunday, are now half empty. Some view this decline in Sunday Mass attendance as proof that the Catholic Church is falling apart, and many attribute the decline

The Word
Dianne Bergant June 07, 2004

On the old quiz show ldquo What rsquo s My Line rdquo a panel of celebrities tried to discover the occupation of a contestant who was required to answer their questions honestly but without revealing any pertinent clues The contestant won if the panel failed In today rsquo s Gospel Jesus asks

Poem
Tryfon Tolides June 07, 2004

The mouse doesn’t really bother anyone. It doesn’t