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October 3, 2005

Vol.193 / No.9
Columns
Terry Golway October 03, 2005

Perspective is not among the virtues generally associated with youth. Like aching joints and sagging midsections, perspective is what you get when, like St. Paul, you at last put away the things of childhood. If, however, you paid close attention to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (and who didn

Thomas R. Slon October 03, 2005

In the task of designing church interiors, one of the most neuralgic issues is the placement of the tabernacle. Behind the altar? To the side of the altar? In a separate chapel? In recent years, the visual prominence of the tabernacle, not the centrality of the altar, seems to have become for some t

Editorials
The Editors October 03, 2005

The United Nations summit meeting has ended. On the whole, the outcome of the deliberations of nearly 170 world leaders was disappointing. Secretary General Kofi Annan commented, "Obviously, we didn’t get everything we wanted." In particular, he called the absence of any commitments

Culture
Daniel J. Harrington October 03, 2005

In October 2003 I was part of a scholarly meeting that honored the memory and accomplishments of Raymond E. Brown, S.S. It was entitled “An International Conference on the Gospel of John: Life in Abundance,” and held at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, where Brown s

Donald W. Trautman October 03, 2005

The year of the Eucharist, inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in October 2004, will conclude with the meeting this month of the World Synod of Bishops in Rome. This assembly of bishops will also mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Synod of Bishops. While post-synodal papal exhortatio

The Word
Dianne Bergant October 03, 2005

A scene in ldquo Oliver rdquo the musical based on Charles Dickens rsquo s classic tale Oliver Twist depicts a crowd of ragged starving urchins celebrating the pleasures of eating ldquo Food Glorious food rdquo Deprived as they were they certainly appreciated the delight of food perhaps

Michael S. Driscoll October 03, 2005

The working document, or instrumentum laboris, for the World Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist that meets this month in Rome begins with a beautiful reflection on the symbolic meaning of bread for the life of the world. This reflects the grave concern expressed by readers of an early draft about the