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July 29, 2002

Vol.187 / No.3
Angie OJuly 29, 2002

Welfare, at least as we have known it for the last five years, expires on Sept. 30, 2002. The reauthorization process is well under way and will set the direction for social and family policy for the foreseeable future. It seems a suitable time, therefore, to evaluate the 1996 reform—“th

The Word
John R. DonahueJuly 29, 2002

Marian feasts season the liturgical calendar as the Assumption falls in the middle of Ordinary Time Though rooted in ancient tradition especially the Eastern tradition of the ldquo Dormition of Mary rdquo this celebration unlike the Annunciation the Visitation and Our Lady of Sorrows has no

Chester GillisJuly 29, 2002

The bishops of the United States walked a tightrope in Dallas as they tried, during their annual spring meeting on June 13-15, to accommodate four different cultural matrices. Under the glare of the media lights representing the many publics they hoped to address, the bishops acted firmly, if not de


David Toolan, America Editor, Dies of CancerDavid S. Toolan, S.J., an associate editor of America for many years, died of cancer on July 16 at the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in New York. He was 66. Father Toolan joined America in 1989 after working at Commonweal for 10 years as an associ

Faith in Focus
J. Ronald KnottJuly 29, 2002

In my 32 years as a priest, I have been threatened by the Ku Klux Klan, have been thrown out of a ministerial association because I am a Catholic, have had fundamentalist preachers run me down by name on the radio and have had a knife pulled on me in church for a homily I gave. I have also seen one

Richard RyscavageJuly 29, 2002

Every year the president determines how many refugees will be allowed into the United States for permanent resettlement In 2001 President Bush set the number at 70 000 But in the wake of Sept 11 the government decided to carry out a security review of the refugee screening process and shut down

Paul MarianiJuly 29, 2002

Down the precipitous switchbacks at eighty