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October 27, 2003

Vol.189 / No.13
The EditorsOctober 27, 2003

Last week the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued its quadrennial statement on political responsibility, Faithful Citizenship. These statements, published since 1976 one year in advance of the presidential elections (to avoid even the appearance of partisanship), have provided guidelines for

Richard W. GarnettOctober 27, 2003

The United States Supreme Court seems to have settled on the view that our Constitution limits regulates but in the end still permits the death penalty So what Franklin Zimring calls the contradictions of American capital punishment will likely be resolved if ever through dialogue and debate in

James Martin, SJOctober 27, 2003

With the appointment of Sean Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M.Cap., as archbishop, the city of Boston seemed to breathe a collective sigh of relief. For the new archbishop appears to be the right man for one of the most difficult jobs in the church in the United Statesheading up an archdiocese that Arc

The Word
Dianne BergantOctober 27, 2003

Where do we go when we die This is not a frivolous question It has puzzled people of all cultures from the beginning of time and it continues to puzzle many today This question in no way suggests a lack of faith Rather it underscores some of the mystery surrounding death nbsp In the past th

Our readersOctober 27, 2003

Right Here

One of my duties as a newly ordained religious priest working in another diocese was that of offering the Eucharist and hearing confessions every Saturday morning in a state-run institution for about 1,300 troublesome girls, age 13 to about 25. I was reminded of those


Pope Launches Anniversary CelebrationsBuoyed by the cheers of pilgrims and serenaded by Polish choirs, a frail Pope John Paul II kicked off 25th-anniversary celebrations with a reflection on prayer and divine grace. Addressing some 20,000 people in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 15, the pope spoke

Bruce NelsonOctober 27, 2003

What makes a life story worth retelling beyond the sympathetic confines of family and friends Is it who we are who we know what we stand for or where we have been Or perhaps all of the above John Cort rsquo s recently published memoir encompasses all of the above but he chooses to organize his