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February 26, 2007

Vol.196 / No.7
Books
Dennis M. LinehanFebruary 26, 2007

Any reviewer will find his benevolence to an author increased when he finds a distant relative playing even a minor role in the narrative In the Rev Andrew M Greeley rsquo s latest novel Irish Linen I found Tom Linehan serving as the Irish charg eacute d rsquo affaires in Switzerland in 1944

M. Shawn CopelandFebruary 26, 2007

From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus preached a message that was familiar enough so that those who came to hear him could recognize their religious tradition. At the same time, that message was edgy, distinctive enough to make them uncomfortable, even as it stirred their hearts to want God more

Of Many Things
Dennis M. LinehanFebruary 26, 2007

Walter M. Abbott, S.J., remembers the day in the early 1960’s. He was working in his room above the offices in the old America editors’ residence on West 108th Street in Manhattan, when a call came in from the real estate expert who had been looking for a more suitable building to house

Ladislas OrsyFebruary 26, 2007

The door of his office is now locked. He used to keep it open all day for passersby to drop in. The worldwide “Map of Human Freedom” is still on it, but otherwise stillness surrounds it. We, his neighbors down the hallway on the fourth floor of Georgetown University Law Center, expect him to

News

Commuter Bus Bombed in Lebanese Christian AreaTwin bus blasts tore through Lebanon’s Christian heartland Feb. 13, killing three people and wounding dozens more on the eve of the anniversary of former prime minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination. The first blast struck a bus packed with

Television
Jim McDermottFebruary 26, 2007

The sixth season of Fox’s juggernaut television drama 24 debuted recently with a typically nightmarish scenario: random terrorist bombings taking place across the United States, killing more than 900 people in 11 weeks and leaving the rest of the population scared to death. America, we are to

Books
Robert K. VischerFebruary 26, 2007

A wave of recent books has left the distinct impression that the harnessing of religious ideals to political power has ushered in a new Dark Ages in American public life In God and the Welfare State Lew Daly departs from the trend of near-hysterical claims by exploring the religious underpinnings