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March 8, 2004

Vol. 190 / No. 8

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Donald C. MaldariMarch 08, 2004

The news these days is grim. Injustices that cry to heaven abound, while people feel ever more frustrated at their extremely limited ability to do anything about them. Our actions to combat injustices seem futile as the carnage goes on. We are tempted to ask, “Where is our God?”In the mi

John F. BaldovinMarch 08, 2004

There is a saying, “Well begun is half done.” Liturgical celebrations are among the places where that saying is especially true. What follows is one presider’s and teacher’s reflection on the first half of the liturgy of the Mass, from before the entrance procession to the en

Mark HallinanMarch 08, 2004

A member of the parish of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, whom I will call Francine, lives modestly on Social Security, her monthly pension of $200 and the small salary she receives as a part-time receptionist for another church. Francine has lived comfortably in a studio apartment in Manha

Of Many Things
James Martin, S.J.March 08, 2004

You have to hand it to Mel Gibson. Whether his decision to screen The Passion of the Christ in advance for only a hand-picked cadre of sympathetic reviewers (mostly evangelical Protestants, conservative Catholics and sympathetic rabbis) was motivated by fear, money or faith, it was an excellent mark

Our readersMarch 08, 2004

Alternatives to Abortion

Your editorial The Abortion Debate Today (2/16) offered some excellent insights. However, we suggest that there is an additional and very relevant consequence of a consistent ethic of life: Pro-life faith communities must be prepared to offer expectant

The EditorsMarch 08, 2004

"Our immigration system is broken and...in need of reform.” So said Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Fla., chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration in a statement in early January—soon after President Bush issued his proposal on Jan. 7 about this controversial issu

Maurice Timothy ReidyMarch 08, 2004

No musician this side of Bob Dylan has been mythologized more than Bruce Springsteen Depending on who you talk to he is a modern-day Woody Guthrie a spiritual descendant of John Steinbeck or a would-be intellectual who reads William Carlos Williams on the tour bus The trick for those who consid