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March 17, 2003

Vol.188 / No.9

Papal Envoy Meets BushA papal envoy met with U. S. President George W. Bush and reiterated the Vatican’s opposition to a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, saying a war without U.N. approval would be “immoral, illegal, unjust.” Italian Cardinal Pio Laghi, who delivered a personal message f

Elizabeth CollierMarch 17, 2003

Having spent the past 15 years at various Jesuit institutions, I have probably logged more hours on retreats, in spiritual direction, in prayer groups, discussing or teaching theological topics and doing or organizing service work than your average 30-something. But despite all of the above, I am em

Timothy MatovinaMarch 17, 2003

The current debates about the sexual abuse scandals in the church revolve around a litany of diagnoses and proposals for reform, touching such topics as clericalism, a culture of dissent, homosexuals in the priesthood, the need for accountability and shared episcopal authority, seminary reform, a re

The Word
Diane BergantMarch 17, 2003

On the first Sunday of Lent we reflected on the covenant that God made with the entire created world Last week we pondered the covenant promises God made to Abraham and his descendants Today we consider one aspect of yet a third covenantthe law associated with the covenant God made through Moses T

The EditorsMarch 17, 2003

“Sneering and snobbery,” the philosopher Mary Midgeley has written, won dominance for linguistic analysis and existentialism in 20th-century philosophy. Although an overstatement, her comment hits the mark about philosophical fashions. It points to a desperate ploy in the war of ideas. W

Eli Rodgers-MelnickMarch 17, 2003

Within a recent five-day period, I marched twice in Washington, D.C. One march opposed a U.S. attack on Iraq; the other opposed legal abortion. According to partisan politics, these causes have nothing in common. But I went because I believe they share a fundamental similarity: both claim that human

Daniel J. HarringtonMarch 17, 2003

The clergy sexual abuse scandal has left us stunned and confused. But crisis in the church is not a new phenomenon. One of the most important spiritual resources in times of crisis in the church has been Scripture. Two items in this year’s roundup of books on the Bible deal explicitly with Cat