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October 3, 2005

Vol.193 / No.9
The EditorsOctober 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

Daniel J. HarringtonOctober 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. TrautmanOctober 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 BergantOctober 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. DriscollOctober 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


Jordanian King Abdullah Criticizes Hijacking of Islam by Violent and Ignorant Extremists’Muslim political and religious leaders must fight to take back our religion from the vocal, violent and ignorant extremists who have tried to hijack Islam over the last 100 years, said King Abdullah II of

October 03, 2005

Thinking People

You can only blame yourselves! As a Jesuit-trained scientist (Holy Cross, 1959; Ph.D. in physics from U.C.L.A., 1965), I was trained to use my Little Gray Cells (5/30) in a continual challenge of hypotheses, no matter how enticing, no matter how vigorously promulgated by