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August 16, 2004

Vol.191 / No.4
The Word
Dianne BergantAugust 16, 2004

If you want to make it in the world today you have to advertise If you have a product to sell or a service to offer you must make it known mdash and you must brag about it ldquo We have what no one else has rdquo ldquo Ours is bigger and better and lasts longer rdquo ldquo We can do what

Vincent J. MillerAugust 16, 2004

When we think about politics and the parish, we generally think about policy advocacy - for example, the pre-election-year statements of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, like Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility(October 2003), or letter-writing campaigns conducte

Editorials
The EditorsAugust 16, 2004

The disaster unfolding in the Darfur region of Sudan shines a spotlight once again on the plight of refugees and internally displaced persons. The Sudanese government has stood by as Arab Janjaweed militias engaged in the systematic destruction of Darfurian villages and water sources. Thirty thousan

Books
James S. TorrensAugust 16, 2004

With these two books of translated sonnets one under its own label and one through a subsidiary Farrar Straus and Giroux tightens its claim to a place on the top rung of literary publishers The sonnet is about as much in vogue these days as the gavotte but we have to admire the great practition

David R. ObeyAugust 16, 2004

I was raised a Catholic. I know in my bones that I would not hold the views I hold today if it were not for the values I learned in Catholic school. I am, I think it is fair to say, a Midwestern, populist progressive in the tradition of Robert LaFollette, George Norris and Theodore Roosevelt. Their

Faith in Focus
James Martin, SJAugust 16, 2004

Saturday, May 1This morning I am waiting for a turn at the baths here in Lourdes. On long wooden benches under a stone portico sit the malades, the sick, along with their companions and other pilgrims. Flanking me are two men from our pilgrimage with the Order of Malta. One, a fortyish red-haired ma

Poetry
Diane ThielAugust 16, 2004

We like to think we would have been