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July 21, 2003
The twenty-two home-delivered newspapers and many magazines that greeted me after my week-long island retreat, offered scores of opportunities for sighting religious news. I'll bypass them and return to a topic Sightings has treated several times before: numbering Hispanic Catholics in the United States.
July 14, 2003
Europeans are having fits about the place of religion in Europe-as-Europe, and what they fight about may throw light on American discontents. In last Friday's Wall Street Journal (July 11), Brandon Mitchener in "Birth of a Nation?
July 10, 2003
Northwestern University had an outstanding football team in the early years of the 20th century known as the Fighting Methodists, the name was later changed to the less colorful but more collegiate-sounding Wildcats. The Fighting Methodists, however, may soon be making a dramatic comeback, not on the football field but inside the church itself.
July 7, 2003
America, The National Catholic Weekly, the respected Jesuit magazine, attracts Sightings for its coverage of public topics.
July 7, 2003
Recently, an image of the Virgin Mary appeared in the window of a Massachusetts hospital prompting 25,000 visitors. The hospital took no official position as to the authenticity of the apparition, but tried their best to accommodate the pilgrims who were regularly gathering in their parking lot. The Boston archdiocese was contacted for help. Cameramen and news reporters soon followed.
June 26, 2003
"'Jesus box' exposed as fake." This was the headline of a story appearing on June 18 (and on the "ticker" of the cable network's Headline News that evening). The director of the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), Shuka Dorfman, had announced the findings of a 12-member panel that, while the "James ossuary" itself is ancient, the inscription on it is a modern fake.
June 23, 2003
The Berlin Journal of the American Academy in Berlin asked Michael Ignatieff, author of Empire Lite, Josef Joffe, publisher of Die Zeit, David Rieff, fellow at the Acad
June 19, 2003
In a society that seems intent on subjecting every institution and daily practice to methodical cost-benefit analysis, the cadences of the marriage vow in the Book of Common Prayer are beginning to sound radical: ". . .
June 16, 2003
Barth, Brunner, Bultmann, Buber, Baillie, and Berdyaev were some of the "B" titans who towered fifty years ago, but my part of my generation cut our theological teeth on another, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As exemplars, Catholics then had Thomas Merton, the Jews had Abraham Joshua Heschel, and we Protestants had Bonhoeffer.
June 12, 2003
Pope John Paul II, at a Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences meeting in early May, issued one of his periodic critiques of globalization.

Author: Ira Rifkin


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