'Quick, easy route' to combating energy crisis is not sustainable,
Biofuels and the environment
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.
Cardinal appointments keep global North dominant
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.
Refugee aid worker with church connections was helping
Vatican official suspended after hidden camera report on gay priests
John L. Allen Jr.
A monsignor in the Vaticans 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.
As outrage fades, Voice of Faithful looks to sustain reform
Church attendance earns school tuition credits
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
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.
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.
That always happens.
-- The Dalai Lama shrugging off Chinese criticism of his White House
meeting with President Bush Oct. 16
A necessary war?
Better than Leno
The church inverted
Edward P. Hahnenberg
Catholics must focus more on their base, less on their
John L. Allen Jr.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Cardinal Francis Georges
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.
Western church must respect Asian, African churches, says Phan
The future of the Catholic church as a global force depends on shared
power and mutual respect between the churchs 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
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
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, Theres no such thing as the best option.
Theres only the best option given the circumstances of a particular
and Kevin Doherty
'Michael Clayton' offers gripping drama; 'Lars and the Real Girl' is
a quirky comedy.
Two documentaries examine the lives of Thomas Merton and Henri
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