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December 10, 2012

Vol.207 / No.17
Timothy WadkinsDecember 10, 2012

El Salvador is not your typical tourist destination. It has been wracked by earthquakes and frequently finds itself in the way of devastating hurricanes. It is also the smallest, most densely populated and most violent nation in all of Latin America. So why have so many North American Christians mad

Books
Eileen MarkeyDecember 10, 2012

Taking inspiration from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn rsquo s seminal One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Jens Soering has written an unblinking and harrowing critique of the American prison system and what he argues is the nation rsquo s over-reliance on incarceration Soering takes readers through a

Ideas
Terrance KleinDecember 10, 2012

Fifty years of 007

Margaret E. CrahanDecember 10, 2012

The visit to Cuba last March by Pope Benedict XVI focused attention on the emergence of the Catholic Church as an influential actor in that island nation. If, by comparison, the 1998 visit of Pope John Paul II was heralded as a watershed in church-state relations in Cuba, the more recent visit refle

Signs Of the Times

A pastoral plan approved by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston calls for the archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups, to be called parish collaboratives. Led by one pastor, a pastoral team of priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers will provide pastoral ser

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.December 10, 2012

If you’re wondering why the European Union budget talks collapsed in November, you might look to the euro, the common currency of more than half of the E.U.’s member states, to gain a clue. I don’t mean the currency’s market position but the actual printed paper. All the euro

Letters
December 10, 2012

The Way of the Kingdom Re “Defending Hyde,” by Richard M. Doerflinger (11/19): It’s good to hear people pushing back on the “war on women” rhetoric. It is such an empty, manufactured slogan concocted by political consultants. There is a serious problem in the pro-choi