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January 16, 2006

Vol.194 / No.2
Of Many Things
Drew ChristiansenJanuary 16, 2006

Robert Meza is a 40-year-old Arizona state legislator. The district he represents covers portions of central Phoenix, including both middle-class areas of old Phoenix and poor ones populated by Mexican-Americans. During his first term, he heard complaints from those Mexican-American constituents abo

Books
Dorothy M. BrownJanuary 16, 2006

The distinguished social historian William H Chafe author of significant studies of civil rights the women rsquo s movement and liberalism considers in Private Lives Public Consequences how the personal becomes political Starting with the old-fashioned conviction that individual leaders make a

Peter J. DonaldsonJanuary 16, 2006

Placide Tapsoba, a 53-year-old physician, was born at home in the village of Satte outside of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the landlocked West African country that until 1960 was the French protectorate of Upper Volta. He received his medical education at the University of Padua in Ital

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonJanuary 16, 2006

In 2006 Year B in the Sunday Lectionary cycle the Gospel reading is usually from Mark This is the shortest and earliest Gospel written around A D 70 probably at Rome Mark was the first to provide a narrative framework or plot for the traditional sayings and stories related to Jesus He seems

Letters
Our readersJanuary 16, 2006

Open to God

John A. Coleman, S.J., is rightly concerned by a theory of civil law that is excessively entangled with theological doctrine (Religious Liberty, 11/28). The official Catholic position on the numerous moral issues to which he refers certainly is theological doctrine.

Editorials
The EditorsJanuary 16, 2006

Before the passage, on Nov. 15, of the new document from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on lay ecclesial ministry, there was debate in the bishops’ meetings over whether the term ministry should be used to refer to laypersons working on behalf of the church. The debate endeddramatical

Books
Gerald T. CobbJanuary 16, 2006

This year rsquo s hurricanes floods and earthquakes produced such unforgettable apocalyptic scenes of devastation that they may well have altered at least temporarily the imaginative context within which we read Wendell Berry rsquo s new collection of poems many of which celebrate the serene n