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July 30, 2007

Vol.197 / No.3
Books
Mary Alice Piil July 30, 2007

The permanent diaconate a reality in the ecclesial structure of the church in the United States since its renewal by the Second Vatican Council has been the topic of several volumes in the Paulist Press Deacon rsquo s Library series Kenan Osborne O F M emeritus professor of systematic theology

Faith in Focus
Thomas P. Sweetser July 30, 2007

To be pastor for a typical Catholic parish these days is to attempt the impossible, for the pastor’s role has grown too large. It includes pastoral duties (preaching, counseling, presiding at liturgies, administrating sacraments, visiting parishioners), managing human resources (staff directio

Maurice Timothy Reidy July 30, 2007

In the July 30-August 6 edition of America, Vincent Gragnani writes about the new, lay face of missionaries. As the number of priests and religious ministry around the globe declines, he writes, lay

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington July 30, 2007

It is no secret that we Americans live in a materialistic culture For some people the pursuit of wealth and possessions seems to function as a kind of religion substitute The Old Testament wisdom books and the New Testament writings have some wise things to say about money and possessions While a

Editorials
The Editors July 30, 2007

Politicians pushing shopping carts down supermarket aisles are not an ordinary sight. But some in public office have been doing just that in accepting a weeklong challenge to experience the difficulties of living on a food stamp allowance of barely more than one dollar per meal. This year Congress m

Current Comment
The Editors July 30, 2007

Stiff Upper LipThe British are famous for their steadiness in the midst of crisis. Londoners had their finest hour as they endured the blitz in 1940 with the proverbial stiff upper lip. Over the past three decades they endured numerous terrorist bombings by the I.R.A. and the assassination of Lord L

William J. OMalley July 30, 2007

Jesus loves imperfect people. On that score, all of us qualify.