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October 2, 2006

Vol.195 / No.9
David PinaultOctober 02, 2006

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the most controversialand courageousthinker to address the status of Muslims in Western societies today Born in Somalia and raised a Muslim she fled to the Netherlands in 1992 to escape an arranged marriage As an interpreter for Somali refugees she gained firsthand experience c


Study Reports Influences on Newly Ordained PriestsAccording to a new study, recently ordained priests are now older and more culturally diverse than those of 15 years ago. The major theological influence on new priests was Pope John Paul II. The German Jesuit Karl Rahner, who easily ranked at the to

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonOctober 02, 2006

Two of the most difficult problems facing the Catholic Church in the United States in the early part of the 21st century are the high incidence of divorce and the fallout from the crisis caused by sexual abuse by members of the clergy These are complicated matters that demand to be approached from

Rabbi Leon KlenickiOctober 02, 2006

Yom Kippur in Buenos Aires, 1945. I stood next to my father as we prayed with our small community in a rented room in the Jewish Old Age Home. The men were wrapped in white shawls, called a kittel, a symbol of the angels in heaven and a reminder of death, for it was also the shroud in which they wou

The EditorsOctober 02, 2006

Armies inevitably refight the last war, and generals are often unprepared for the new war their enemy brings them. The law and ethics of war follow the same pattern. Years go by before lawmakers and ethicists recognize the worrisome changes that have overtaken warfare. It took decades for the human

Faith in Focus
William A. BarryOctober 02, 2006

Jesus called God “Abba” (“dear Father”), which tells us something about his relationship with God. In the same vein, he told his followers, “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father in heaven’” (Matt 6: 9), telling us that we have a similar relationship wi

Olga BonfiglioOctober 02, 2006

Although the Bush administration has been in a snit about The New York Times rsquo s recent revelations of government spying on Americans and the surveillance of the banking records of presumed terrorists the president has actually had an easy time of it with the Fourth Estate according to Eric Bo