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February 19, 2001

Vol.184 / No.5
News

Funding for Faith-Based Initiatives Seen as First HurdleThe first real test of whether President Bush’s proposed faith-based initiatives will succeed in changing the way the nation’s social services are provided will come in his budget proposal, said an official with Catholic Charities U

Books
John B. BreslinFebruary 19, 2001

The distinction between fact and fiction is often a contested one Nor does it remain static especially for novelists like Graham Greene and Michael Ondaatje who have drawn their inspiration from the fractured politics of our just past century In The English Patient it was World War II and its ru

Letters
Our readersFebruary 19, 2001

Metaphor or Myth

One important conclusion in Creationism and the Catechism, by Joan Acker, H.M. (12/16)that God creates suffering and death (evil?)is empirical tunnel vision. We need to look outside the tunnel to see metaphysical reality.

Focusing our vision of sin on

The Word
John R. DonahueFebruary 19, 2001

Ash Wednesday has become a virtual sacrament of Catholic identity as people throng churches to get ashes which paradoxically is just what the Gospel counsels againstexternal signs of devotion It also begins not simply the 40 days preceding Easter but the whole paschal cycle which continues past

Columns
Camille DArienzoFebruary 19, 2001

The U.S. federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., is a harsh and punishing place, as correctional facilities are meant to be. Privileges for relatively normal communication that are allowed the general population do not apply to those on Death Row. A separate wing shelters the men condemned to dea

Of Many Things
David S. ToolanFebruary 19, 2001

Is there a vocation crisis? That depends on your perspective. If you think of clergy, the answer is yes. But if you widen the horizon, the picture changes. Think of the number of laymen volunteering to become deacons or the extraordinary number of women presently acquiring advanced degrees in system

Books
William BoleFebruary 19, 2001

Near the end of this eye-opening book the renowned Peruvian economist and businessman Hernando de Soto trots out Bill Gates the world rsquo s richest man to bring home his argument about the world rsquo s poorest people Apart from his personal genius how much of his success is due to his cultur