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May 12, 2003

Vol.188 / No.16
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJMay 12, 2003

One of my earliest religious memories is of learning the Act of Contrition from a Sister of St. Joseph during a C.C.D. class in our parish church in suburban Philadelphia. It was probably a Sunday morning after Mass; I must have been around seven or eight, and was most likely preparing for first hol

Peter HeineggMay 12, 2003

During a recent appearance on Bill Moyers rsquo s PBS news program ldquo Now rdquo 4 04 Susan Sontag ruefully noted the timeliness of her new book about pictures of the victims of violence in general and of war in particular It had she admitted ldquo an obscenely topical character rdquo

Terry GolwayMay 12, 2003

In the days just before Easter, when few people were paying attention, Great Britain’s police commissioner admitted that members of Northern Ireland’s security forces had worked with Loyalist paramilitaries to murder Catholics in the 1980’s. The most prominent victim was Pat Finuca

The Word
Dianne BergantMay 12, 2003

The tragedy of Philip Nolan the subject of The Man Without a Country was not merely that he was forbidden ever again to set foot on U S soil or even to hear spoken the name of his country of origin It was his fate chosen by the man himself in a moment of anger to belong no longer to any nation

Robert J. DalyMay 12, 2003

Have you found out what sacrifice is?” asked the pastor when the religious education instructor had herded her charges back into the front pews. “Yes,” she answered triumphantly, “sacrifice means giving up what you love.” I groaned in frustration, but the pastor clucked

Our readersMay 12, 2003

Right Intention

George Weigel in The Just War Case for the War (3/31), argues that the war against Iraq is justifiable in light of traditional just war thinking. While I find his reflections on the criteria of just cause, legitimate authority, proportionality and last resort both

Michael BisesiMay 12, 2003

The tax code according to a former I R S commissioner embodies all the essence of life greed politics power goodness charity Everything rsquo s in there With the estate tax everything is magnified dramatically In Wealth and Our Commonwealth William H Gates Sr and Chuck Collins make a f