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July 31, 2006

Vol.195 / No.3
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

Editorials
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

Books
James S. Torrens July 31, 2006

This fine new collection by the distinguished poet Jack Gilbert looks back on the pleasures of many years with what he calls ldquo a tough happiness rdquo ldquo The Garden rdquo Gilbert rsquo s life has been an odyssey taking off from his native Pittsburgh which developed in him ldquo a ta

Wilson D. Miscamble July 31, 2006

The commercialization or “corporatization” of American higher education has dramatically changed the character and conduct of colleges and universities over the past quarter century. The literature on this subject is large and growing. A mere sampling of recent works includes: Universiti

Letters
Our readers July 31, 2006

The Truth of Parable

While I very much enjoyed reading Peter C. Erb’s The Schwenkfelder Code (6/5), I would have to object to a few of its assertions. I cringed when the author suggested that a faith based on a fictional narrative was adolescent. Since the embrace of historical-