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June 6, 2005

Vol. 192 / No. 20

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Joan SauroJune 06, 2005

The things they brought with them to the convent did not belong to them. They came from other people’s lives:

Russell ShawJune 06, 2005

On Feb. 21 the Vatican issued the most authoritative papal statement on the church and communications in nearly 50 years. Addressed to those responsible for communications, Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Rapid Development (Il Rapido Sviluppo) stirred a ripple of interest at first, but wa

Thomas J. MassaroJune 06, 2005

No matter how familiar readers may be with the tradition of Catholic social teaching, they will likely find the two chapters in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on work and on economic life (Ch. 6 and 7) at once exhilarating and frustrating. They are exhilarating because these pag

Kenneth R. HimesJune 06, 2005

Peter Henriot, S.J., and his colleagues at the Center of Concern in Washington, D.C., were the first to popularize Catholic social teaching as the church’s “best-kept secret.” Their perception, that even among Catholics the church’s social teaching was not well known, seems t

C. Colt AndersonJune 06, 2005

Mark Twain said that history does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. The sexual abuse scandal that continues to echo throughout the church in America, as evidenced by the recent controversy over the decision to allow Cardinal Bernard Law to preside at one of the memorial Masses for Pope John Paul II

June 06, 2005

Providing Maps

I enjoyed Jesuit History: A New Hot Topic, by John W. O’Malley, S.J., (5/9). Your readers may be interested to know that there is a particularly hot spot within this theme, and that is the story of Jesuits as mapmakers, particularly in the Americas. From the late 17th

The EditorsJune 06, 2005

Immigration reform can go either wayhelping immigrants and asylum seekers or placing further restrictions on their lives by ever more punitive laws. For several years, Congress has been focused on the latter type of legislation. The most current example is the Real ID Act of 2005. Its three parts co