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July 30, 2007

Vol.197 / No.3
Books
E. Ann MatterJuly 30, 2007

Early Christian literature both Greek and Latin tells us that there is a long history of Christian women living in celibate communities of prayer and service By the end of the fourth century at least such communities were not unusual and through the Middle Ages in the West womens monastic est

Letters
July 30, 2007

Through the Fog My thanks and congratulations to Bishop Donald W. Trautman for his excellent article on the new Mass translations being moved forward by the Inter-national Commission on English in the Liturgy (5/21). I must admit that reading it saddened me, because it is yet another indication of t

Of Many Things

Where have all the book reviews gone?

Columns
Terry GolwayJuly 30, 2007

Five miles from my living room, in a world about which I know very little, men and women are gathering in a public space in downtown Newark, N.J., to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a riot. The city of Newark exploded 40 years ago this month. It exploded because of a rumora cabdriver, it was sai

Books
Mary Alice PiilJuly 30, 2007

The permanent diaconate a reality in the ecclesial structure of the church in the United States since its renewal by the Second Vatican Council has been the topic of several volumes in the Paulist Press Deacon rsquo s Library series Kenan Osborne O F M emeritus professor of systematic theology

Faith in Focus
Thomas P. SweetserJuly 30, 2007

To be pastor for a typical Catholic parish these days is to attempt the impossible, for the pastor’s role has grown too large. It includes pastoral duties (preaching, counseling, presiding at liturgies, administrating sacraments, visiting parishioners), managing human resources (staff directio

In the July 30-August 6 edition of America, Vincent Gragnani writes about the new, lay face of missionaries. As the number of priests and religious ministry around the globe declines, he writes, lay