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July 20, 2009

Vol.201 / No.2

July 20, 2009

This is shaping up as the season of “kindness.” I’ll cite only three book examples. First, there is On Kindness, by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $20 hardcover). Phillips is a psychoanalyst who has written 12 other books. Taylor has written acclaime

Scott DodgeJuly 20, 2009

The theology behind the permanent diaconate

Karen Sue SmithJuly 20, 2009

For our July 20-27 issue the editors of America asked three writers to assess the modern diaconate. William T. Ditewig, who for five years directed the U.S. bishops' office on deacons, takes a look at the unique ministry of the deacon in

Greg KandraJuly 20, 2009

Seven things they don't teach you in formation

Blase J. CupichJuly 20, 2009

In his new encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), Pope Benedict XVI makes a persuasive case that the current global financial crisis is about more than economics; it is also about ethics. As such, he provides us with a moral framework for moving forward as one human family

Faith
William T. DitewigJuly 20, 2009

Just as the permanent diaconate is not only for celibates, neither is it a “married ministry,” though currently most deacons are married. Rather, the permanent diaconate is a major order of ecclesial ministry open to married and to unmarried men.

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.July 20, 2009

War can never be understood as a rational exercise, for sin is by definition irrational.