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March 8, 2004

Vol.190 / No.8
Editorials
The EditorsMarch 08, 2004

"Our immigration system is broken and...in need of reform.” So said Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Fla., chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration in a statement in early January—soon after President Bush issued his proposal on Jan. 7 about this controversial issu

Books
Michael BisesiMarch 08, 2004

With another presidential election looming on the horizon voter turnout will be a major public issue Political participation however is just one measure of civic engagement and social capital Other measures ranging from volunteering and religious leadership to civic leadership and trust betwee

Donald C. MaldariMarch 08, 2004

The news these days is grim. Injustices that cry to heaven abound, while people feel ever more frustrated at their extremely limited ability to do anything about them. Our actions to combat injustices seem futile as the carnage goes on. We are tempted to ask, “Where is our God?”In the mi

The Word
Dianne BergantMarch 08, 2004

Those of us who were raised on any kind of catechism whether the pre-Vatican II Baltimore Catechism the Dutch catechism that was popular during the 1960 rsquo s and 70 rsquo s or today rsquo s Catechism of the Catholic Church were introduced to a list of characteristics or ldquo attributes rdquo

Letters
Our readersMarch 08, 2004

Alternatives to Abortion

Your editorial The Abortion Debate Today (2/16) offered some excellent insights. However, we suggest that there is an additional and very relevant consequence of a consistent ethic of life: Pro-life faith communities must be prepared to offer expectant

News

Dioceses Release Figures on Sexual Abuse Although not required to do so by the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, Catholic bishops across the country are releasing statistics about sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy in their dioceses. The Associated Press re

Books
Maurice Timothy ReidyMarch 08, 2004

No musician this side of Bob Dylan has been mythologized more than Bruce Springsteen Depending on who you talk to he is a modern-day Woody Guthrie a spiritual descendant of John Steinbeck or a would-be intellectual who reads William Carlos Williams on the tour bus The trick for those who consid