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   This Week’s Edition: October 26, 2007 

Vol. 44 No. 1   
Cover story -- Ethanol
The ethanol option

By Tom Carney
'Quick, easy route' to combating energy crisis is not sustainable, may say.

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Biofuels and the environment

By Rich Heffern
The gasoline we put in our autos now is mostly made from fossil fuels. In the United States, ethanol, which is grain alcohol, is most commonly blended with gasoline as a 10 percent ethanol blend nicknamed “gasohol.” This blend is widely sold throughout the Midwest, and in cities required by the 1990 Clean Air Act to oxygenate their gasoline during the winter. U.S. ethanol is mostly made from corn.

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World -- Analysis
Cardinal appointments keep global North dominant

By John L. Allen Jr.
In naming 23 new cardinals on Oct. 17, including two Americans, Pope Benedict XVI does not seem to have stacked the deck in the body that will elect his successor in any political or theological sense, but he has reinforced the dominance of Europe and North America despite the demographic reality that most Catholics today live in the global South.

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Facing life in prison in Canada

By Patrick Mulvaney
Refugee aid worker with church connections was helping Haitians.

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Vatican official suspended after hidden camera report on gay priests

By John L. Allen Jr.
A monsignor in the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy has been suspended after being caught on hidden camera in a recent Italian TV broadcast about gays in the priesthood. He and other priests made contact with a young man posing as a potential “date” in gay-oriented Web sites and chat rooms, and then arranged for meetings the priests apparently believed would lead to sexual encounters.

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Five-year growing pains

By Chuck Colbert
As outrage fades, Voice of Faithful looks to sustain reform mission.

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Church attendance earns school tuition credits

By Joe Winter
Families with children attending St. Jerome Parish School can get a $1,400-tuition discount if they sign a contract agreeing to attend church at least seven out of every 10 weekends. Full tuition runs $4,500 per year.

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NCR Editorials
A return to sensible transportation

We now import 60 percent of our oil from the Middle East and from nations such as Algeria, Venezuela and Nigeria. In two years we will have to import three-quarters of our fuel.

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Seeking the fullness of Mary

The role of “woman” in religion predates Christianity. The need to balance masculine and feminine principles is integral to every spirituality. Not surprisingly, our church, which is unapologetically patriarchal in its theology and male in its official leadership, needs and prizes this special woman.

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Quotable & Notable

“That always happens.”

-- The Dalai Lama shrugging off Chinese criticism of his White House meeting with President Bush Oct. 16

More quotes

Colman McCarthy

A necessary war?

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Demetria Martinez

Better than Leno

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The church inverted

By Edward P. Hahnenberg
Catholics must focus more on their base, less on their leaders.

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Cardinal George: On Catholic indentity, Communion and politics

By John L. Allen Jr.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Cardinal Francis George’s installation as archbishop of Chicago, one of the largest and wealthiest dioceses in the world. It is likely that later this year, George will take over as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Western church must respect Asian, African churches, says Phan

By Rick Delvecchio
The future of the Catholic church as a global force depends on shared power and mutual respect between the church’s historic center in Western Europe and its fast-expanding population base in the Southern Hemisphere, Georgetown University theologian Fr. Peter Phan told an audience in Berkeley Oct. 6.

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Inside NCR

Rita Larivee


Problems without solutions
A year ago, I was attending a talk given by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She was addressing the options available concerning the war in Iraq and said quite frankly, “There are no good solutions.” Later in the year, I was attending another talk about organizational planning and the speaker said to us, “There’s no such thing as the best option. There’s only the best option given the circumstances of a particular situation.”

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Disordered worlds

By Joseph Cunneen and Kevin Doherty
'Michael Clayton' offers gripping drama; 'Lars and the Real Girl' is a quirky comedy.

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Soul searchers

By Teresa Malcolm
Two documentaries examine the lives of Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen.

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Poetry October 26, 2007

 Letters to the Editor

Letters for October 26, 2007

Classifieds for October 26, 2007

News Briefs for October 26, 2007

People for October 26, 2007

Last Words
'Which leader has said that we don't really need to go to war but let's do it anyway?'

-- Colman McCarthy

A memorable quote from this week's issue.

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