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February 9, 2004

Vol.190 / No.4
Columns
Ellen RufftFebruary 09, 2004

A friend wrote a beautiful song a few years ago with the refrain, “Time, like gold, is hard to find, is hard to mine...is hard to hold.” The melody of that song has been playing in my mind frequently these days, perhaps because the words express so poignantly my beliefs about time and th

Books
Katarina M. SchuthFebruary 09, 2004

With clarity and candor Dean Hoge a professor in the department of sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington D C and Jacqueline Wenger a graduate student and licensed clinical social worker communicate and interpret extensive data about generational changes in the priesth

Michael J. McManusFebruary 09, 2004

America’s Catholic bishops have taken on a cause that can win broad public support - fighting to support marriage, as Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah put it at the annual fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in November. Public debate at the moment is focused on whether h

Editorials
The EditorsFebruary 09, 2004

Rampant mental illness in jails and prisons combines two forms of suffering for offenders: the illness itself and having to endure it behind bars. The sheer magnitude of the problem is shocking. Jails and prisons hold three times as many mentally ill people as mental health hospitals. This is partly

Letters
Our readersFebruary 09, 2004

Judging Miguel Estrada

The support expressed by John W. Donohue, S.J. , for Miguel Estrada’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is misguided, and his equation of the threatened filibuster to the actions of Bully Brooks is irresponsible

Kathleen McChesneyFebruary 09, 2004

In an unprecedented undertaking, from June 3 through Oct. 31, 2003, independent auditors reviewed the management actions taken by 191 Catholic dioceses in the United States to comply with the provisions of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter, adopted by the Unite

The Word
Dianne BergantFebruary 09, 2004

What comes to mind when you think of blessings Perhaps some degree of prosperity or good health Your musings might include something as weighty as deliverance from harm or as commonplace as victory in a high school basketball game When circumstances seem to go the way we want it is not uncommon