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March 3, 2003

Vol.188 / No.7
Ellen RufftMarch 03, 2003

Occasionally, I become so strongly convinced of a certain notion that I almost believe that if everyone would just accept it too, all the problems of the world would be solved. Although I’ve lived long enough to know that no such panacea exists, I still sometimes allow a particularly fascinati

Sally CunneenMarch 03, 2003

The rosary is the oldest and most popular of all private Catholic devotions, and one that has been strongly promoted by the church since the 15th century. The origin of bead circlets used to aid in prayerful meditation is lost in ancient Eastern customs—the Chinese Kwan Yin statue in my living

Carol K. CoburnMarch 03, 2003

After completing a story on the Catholic nuns rsquo pension fund in 1986 and being intrigued by the lives and contributions of American Catholic sisters John J Fialka began work on the book Sisters Catholic Nuns and the Making of America Fialka a reporter for The Wall Street Journal rsquo s W

M. Cathleen KavenyMarch 03, 2003

The Catholic Medical Association has urged U.S. bishops to screen out undesirable candidates for the priesthood, among whom they include homosexuals. According to the C.M.A., if a boy could not play sports because he was overweight or lacked hand-eye coordination, he may be in trouble. The letter su

Our readersMarch 03, 2003


The Rev. Andrew M. Greeley’s conclusion that The New York Times’s coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the church constitutes virulent anti-Catholicism is irresponsible (The Times and Sexual Abuse by Priests 2/10). The Times, like most major newspapers that

The EditorsMarch 03, 2003

The welcome surprise in President Bush’s State of the Union address was his proposal for an Emergency Plan for Aids Relief. The president described the initiative as “a work of mercy beyond all current international efforts to help the people of Africa.” He asked the Congress to co

Emilie GriffinMarch 03, 2003

Brennan Manning describes himself as a vagabond evangelist Author of 11 books he leads spiritual retreats in the United States and Europe His life story reads like a catalog of been there done that A former Franciscan a former Roman Catholic priest a formerly married man a recovering alcohol