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October 23, 2006

Vol.195 / No.12
Current Comment
The Editors October 23, 2006

Witness of MercyNickel Mines, a small farming town in Lancaster County, Pa., has been a place of both human grief and divine grace this month. The horrific killings of five young Amish girls, who were captured, bound and then shot by a deranged man who burst into the town’s one-room schoolhous

Letters
Our readers October 23, 2006

Justice for All

On behalf of the bishops of the California Catholic Conference I wish to respond to the article in America by Marci A. Hamilton (9/25), who is both an attorney for plaintiffs suing the Catholic Church and a professor at Yeshiva University Law School. The

Books
Doris Donnelly October 23, 2006

The distinguished political scientist and historian Jan Gross nails the title of his book with one word fear This is not the first time In 2001 he did the same with Neighbors another one-word title dripping with irony because the book told the story of the July 1941 gruesome murder of the Jew

Columns
Maryann Cusimano Love October 23, 2006

Can religion play a constructive role in politics? Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, religion has a bad name as a driving force in politics. It is not hard to see why. From Al Qaeda’s terror campaign to the Arab-Israeli conflict, killing in the name of God is a growth enterprise.

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington October 23, 2006

For the last six Sundays we have been on a journey with Jesus and his disciples going from northern Galilee toward Jerusalem The journey started with the healing of a blind man who only gradually came to see Mark 8 22-26 Along the way we have read surprising texts about a suffering Messiah gre

George V. Coyne October 23, 2006

What is the status of the Big Bang theory today? 

Editorials
The Editors October 23, 2006

As we approach the November midterm Congressional elections, most of official Washington has gone into recess. In the final weeks of campaigning, both the White House and the Congress have turned their attention from policy to politics. Those who take an idealistic view of the democratic process mig