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May 16, 2005

Vol. 192 / No. 17

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May 16, 2005

On Nov. 30, 2004, an extraordinary liturgical event took place in St. George’s Church in Istanbul, the cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. As Patriarch Bartholomew presided nearby, glass cases containing the remains of two of his predecessors were placed on the patriarc

Letters
May 16, 2005

Important Parallels

In his article, Some Forgotten Lessons (4/25), Jason R. Rowe illustrated some important parallels between American military attitudes now, as seen in Afghanistan and Iraq, and those that were operative in El Salvador during the 1980’s. The Salvador Option is truly an

Editorials
The EditorsMay 16, 2005

Critics have been talking for years of the need to reform the United Nations. In this country the pressure has frequently come from conservative politicians like the late Senator Jesse Helms, who are jealously protective of U.S. sovereignty and begrudging of funding for the international organizatio

The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, which was held in 1884, focused on Catholic education in the United States (public domain image via Wikipedia).
Faith Short Take
Russell ShawMay 16, 2005

A plenary council or regional synod may not have been good ideas anyway. But more and more, the attitude appears to be that the church’s business is the bishops’ business and no one else’s; openness and a desire to involve others in church affairs seem to have become passé. It is worth considering

Arts & Culture Books
John A. ColemanMay 16, 2005

This is a provocative even polemical book The provocation flows from the near-taboo question it raises a question that merits a serious hearing How much time do children need with parents especially mothers Do we need to scrutinize closely America rsquo s ongoing massive historically unprece

Arts & Culture Books
Thomas H. StahelMay 16, 2005

The thesis of this book is that like Nazareth this town hidden in the Cajun country of south central Louisiana has been the home of holy people whom an oblivious world ought to know about And it rsquo s true Grand Coteau La makes Nazareth in Galilee look like the Great White Way Can anything

Arts & Culture Books
Paul WilkeMay 16, 2005

Not long ago surely in a fit of masochism I dusted off The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire What with the current administration rsquo s tactful outsourcing of war to the brave but dominantly underclass warrior lack of interest for anything that smacks of environmental concern and the conspi