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November 17, 2003

Vol.189 / No.16
Columns
Terry GolwayNovember 17, 2003

It is hardly a secret that the American Catholic Church is in the news for reasons other than the wonderful work it does every day in communities across the nation. The church in general and its clergy in particular are suffering terribly from self-inflicted wounds that, regrettably, have served the

Books
Edward Collins VacekNovember 17, 2003

If we want to know whether a person is good we should ask neither what his or her beliefs are nor what he or she hopes for Rather we should ask what the person loves So taught St Augustine He was in good company of course since Jesus summarized morality as ldquo love God and love your neigh

Agostino BonoNovember 17, 2003

As the bishops of the United States design new programs to prevent sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, they also are seeking ways to deal with the human pain of victims. One bishop has washed a victim’s feet on Holy Thursday. Others have cried with victims. Some have prayed in sil

Editorials
The EditorsNovember 17, 2003

During the 19th century, Irish immigrants settled in Glens Falls, a small city along the upper reaches of the Hudson River in east central New York. The men supported their families by working in the city’s paper and textile mills. On their way home on payday they stopped off at a saloon for a

Letters
Our readersNovember 17, 2003

Rightly Ordered Loves

The headline of your interview with Archbishop Sean O’Malley, O.F.M.Cap., of Boston, To Love and to Pray (10/27), is inaccurate. The archbishop actually said, To pray and love. Getting our loves in order, keeping the sequence of the two tablets of the

Books
Elizabeth A. JohnsonNovember 17, 2003

A recent poll of the 1 800 members of the National Academy of Sciences found that over 90 percent profess to being atheists or agnostics To these learned people the idea of God and the corresponding sense that we live in a meaningful universe is contrary to scientific understanding The combinatio

John F. X. SheehanNovember 17, 2003

In the early 1950’s I mentioned to my Jesuit superiors that I would like to study clinical psychology. Their response (I paraphrase a bit) went something like this: “Good grief! Psychologists are terrible people! They hate the church and we hate them! Besides, priests know all that stuff