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July 7, 2003

Vol.189 / No.1
Brennan OJuly 07, 2003

In the winter of 1951-52 Caroline Gordon had a vision of the triumph of Catholic writing in the United States Flannery O rsquo Connor rsquo s novel Wise Blood which Gordon had recently read in proof was about to be published A manuscript novel sent to her by a Louisiana convert seemed even more

Patrick J. SchiltzJuly 07, 2003

Since early 2002, the legal world has become much more dangerous for the church than it was previously. The future looks bleak because of three major developments in the sexual abuse crisis. The first major development is that more sexual abuse cases will be filed against the churchthat is, the numb

The Word
Dianne BergantJuly 07, 2003

The Roman Catholic Church has a long tradition of characterizing its leaders as shepherds The bishop rsquo s or abbot rsquo s crosier despite any ornate decoration really represents the shepherd rsquo s crook This characterization can also be seen in many liturgical prayers and some theological

Gerald W. SchlabachJuly 07, 2003

Virtually every Christian tradition is trying to have it both ways on war. Twenty years ago the U.S. bishops published The Challenge of Peace, which explicitly paired just war and pacifism as legitimate Christian responses to war. Three years later, Methodist bishops in the United States made a simi

Of Many Things
George M. AndersonJuly 07, 2003

Walking down a dark street in the Bronx is not something most Manhattanites do without a good reason, but I had one. I was on my way to visit POTS—the acronym stands for Part of the Solution. In embryo form, POTS began some three decades ago to serve low-income residents in that section of New

Robert F. DrinanJuly 07, 2003

The title of this collection of 11 essays offers the hope that some consensus has developed on the way religion should coordinate with government Alas the question is too complex There is not even consensus on the meaning of the ldquo public square rdquo But these essays written by experts of

Donald J. MooreJuly 07, 2003

After some three years living at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem and many conversations with Israelis and Palestinians, I find it difficult to avoid a pessimistic response to their question, “Is anybody listening?” Simply put, nobody is listening, at least nobody who has p