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July 31, 2006

Vol.195 / No.3
Mary Claire Ryan July 31, 2006

Whenever I assign a book by Charles Curran in a moral theology course my students rsquo first questions are always quot Have you met him What is he like quot It is not surprising that they are curious about Curran As this newly released memoir recounts at a relatively young age Curran becam

John W. OMalley July 31, 2006

Every culture tends to harbor stereotypes of what a saint is supposed to be like and tends to fit the individual into a mold that may be misleading or one-sided. We see what we want to see, or what we think we are supposed to see, and thus are blinded to what may be unconventional about the saint in


Church Leaders Call for Peace in MideastPope Benedict XVI endorsed a declaration by the Group of 8 that criticized the militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah for fueling an escalation in fighting and urged Israel to exercise restraint. "I find myself in full agreement with the G-8 communiqué,&quo

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington July 31, 2006

In today rsquo s world there is a great hunger for spiritual sustenance Millions of people believe that there are realities beyond material possessions that the questions about who we are and what will become of us must be addressed and that we cannot reach peace of mind and soul without acknowled

Lois Spear July 31, 2006

The inhumane treatment of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad shocked and puzzled Americans. How could soldiers dedicated to the spread of democracy, with its protection of basic human rights, have behaved in such a brutal way? Unfortunately, few Americans saw Abu Ghraib as an opportunity

The Editors July 31, 2006

Forced from their homes by armed conflicts, political unrest and human rights abuses, refugees and asylum seekers throughout the world continue their painful search for safety. According to the 2006 World Refugee Survey, released recently by the nonprofit U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants,

Faith in Focus
Thomas H. Stahel July 31, 2006

When I returned to the United States from Nigeria in 2000, I was assigned to work in a downtown parish of New Orleans, where Harry Tompson was the only Jesuit and pastor. Harry, who had cancer of the prostate, was not afraid of many things, if anything. He used to say, “It’s not death I