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August 2, 2004

Vol.191 / No.3
Books
Cecilio MoralesAugust 02, 2004

While Ronald Reagan tagged Democrats with his tax and spend label it was his 1980 electoral adversary Jimmy Carter who while governing Georgia in the 1970 rsquo s pioneered zero-based budgeting in government the system by which each program rsquo s very existence must be justified every time spe

Fred J. NaffzigeAugust 02, 2004

Sad? Unbelievable? Outrageous? Whatever one thinks about the recent bankruptcy filing by the Archiocese of Portland, Ore., it is certainly unprecedented. And it is taking the Catholic Church down an uncertain and uncharted legal path. Portland’s Archbishop John Vlazny has sought the protection

The Word
Dianne BergantAugust 02, 2004

What can one say about the assumption of Mary There is no mention of it in the Scriptures That of course does not invalidate the feast It simply means that its full theological meaning is found outside of the readings selected for its celebration These readings however provide us with insigh

Letters
Our readersAugust 02, 2004

Thoughtful Advice

I’m glad that Cardinal Avery Dulles stood up for the rights of priests to receive due process when they are accused of wrongdoing (6/21). As he points out, the definition of sexual abuse has been expanded to include even verbal offenses, while at the same time

News

Bishop to Investigate Austrian SeminaryPope John Paul II appointed a special investigator to gather information on a pornography and sex scandal in an Austrian seminary. In a one-line statement, the Vatican announced on July 20 that the pope will send Bishop Klaus Küng of Feldkirch, Austria, a memb

Books
John C. HawleyAugust 02, 2004

If Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka are arguably the grandfathers of Nigerian literature and Ben Okri and Buchi Emecheta are their successors Chris Abani Chimamanda Adichie and Helen Habila would appear to be coming into their own these days as the next wave Adichie author of Purple Hibiscus Alg

Faith in Focus
James Martin, SJAugust 02, 2004

Something you don’t hear every day from a Jesuit: I’m here to pick up a cassock for my trip to Lourdes.