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July 29, 2002

Vol.187 / No.3
News

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

Books
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

Poetry
Paul MarianiJuly 29, 2002

Down the precipitous switchbacks at eighty

The Word
John R. DonahueJuly 29, 2002

Peter is more prominent in Matthew than in any other Gospel Along with Mt 16 16-19 the promise to Peter and 17 24-27 the temple tax today rsquo s Gospel is one of three distinctive Petrine episodes Throughout these Peter rsquo s faith is a gift from God that is tested by suffering and doubt

Editorials
The EditorsJuly 29, 2002

An antique wooden plaque in one of our offices reads: “It is wonderful that the First Amendment protects freedom of speech. It is even more wonderful that the First Amendment doesn’t make anyone listen.” Most Americans would agree with both parts of the message. But on June 17 the

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJJuly 29, 2002

Perhaps the saddest person I ever met was a fellow named Benjamin. Between 1992 and 1994 I worked with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi, Kenya. My job was to help urban refugeesthat is, people who had migrated to Nairobi from countries like Sudan, Rwanda and Ugandato start small businesses and