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August 29, 2005

Vol.193 / No.5
The EditorsAugust 29, 2005

Abusive labor practices continue to plague workers here and around the worlda circumstance that should give pause to those fortunate enough to earn comfortable incomes for themselves and their families. For many it may come as a surprise that even here in the United States, worker exploitation is pe


The best-selling novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco now applies his considerable skill to the matter of identity Along the way readers too will ponder who we are and how we know who we are In The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana An Illustrated Novel Eco rsquo s protagonist Yambo full name Gi

Kim BoboAugust 29, 2005

From the 1930’s through the 1950’s, Catholic parishes operated more than 100 labor schools in the basements of immigrant churches. Parishioners learned about their rights as workers, Catholic social teaching and how to organize unions. For many, being a good Catholic and a good labor lea

The Word
Dianne BergantAugust 29, 2005

Last week rsquo s readings spoke of reconciliation This week we consider the same theme but from the perspective of forgiveness We all know how hard it is to say that we are sorry when we have offended another But it may be even harder to forgive when we have been offended And yet we pledge to

Leo J. O'DonovanAugust 29, 2005

No painting in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York is more iconic than Paul Cézanne’s “Bather,” the pensive young man walking on water in a spare blue and beige landscape. For decades he greeted visitors in the first room of the earlier museum. He currently pres


Brother Roger of Taizé Murdered in ChurchBrother Roger Schütz, the 90-year-old Protestant founder of the ecumenical Taizé community in France, was stabbed in the throat during a Vespers service in the Reconciliation Church near Maçon in France on Aug. 16. He died almost immediately. Some of thos

Franklin FreemanAugust 29, 2005

Anne Lamott strews many bitter and distracting political asides throughout her new book of essays Plan B Further Thoughts on Faith but her honesty and humor rescue the book from being a polemic As she did in Traveling Mercies Lamott shares her day-to-day struggle to live as a Christian and the