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   This Week’s Edition: November 2, 2007 

Vol. 44 No. 2   
Cover story -- Agape community
A radical call

By Eileen Markey
Lay Catholic community Agape lives off the land, following gospel of nonviolence with no compromise.

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Living together based on ideals

By Rich Heffern
Values-based, shared living communities like Agape are not new in America.

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Refusing Caesar

By Rich Heffern
Tax resistance in America is as old as the Boston Tea Party. Resisters typically resist or refuse payment of a tax because of opposition to the institution collecting it, or to some of that institution’s policies.

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Muslim clerics reach out

By John L. Allen Jr.
Christian leaders praise letter's interreligious goodwill.

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Vietnamese church aims to foster China, Vatican understanding

By UCA News
Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City says Chinese officials look to the Catholic church in Vietnam to help China and the Holy See understand each other.

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Remember privacy?

By Michael Humphrey
In these post-9/11 days, it's getting harder to find.

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Big Brother is watching you, especially if you dissent

By Michael Humphrey
You can forgive Tim Vining if he doesn’t feel that his society is making great progress on civil liberties during wartime. Last year he learned he had been the target of FBI surveillance during protests to the buildup to the invasion of Iraq.

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Parish cancels talk by father and lesbian daughter

By Kris Berggren
At the urging of an archdiocesan official, the pastor of a Minneapolis Catholic parish canceled a scheduled talk by a Catholic man and his daughter about how the family coped with the daughter’s coming out as a lesbian.

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Tutu stands in solidarity with St. Thomas professor

By Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, initially barred from speaking at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. and now invited, says he will not accept the invitation unless a demoted professor is reinstated as the director of the university’s Justice and Peace Studies program.

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New political document drafted

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Well-formed consciences must guide Catholic citizens, says U.S. bishops.

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Catholic Colleges & Universities
Grappling with tension between money, mission

By Eileen Markey
Once a dropout, now changing the world

By Sean Salai
Florida's Barry University: 'A microcosm of the global reality'

By Patricia Lefevere
Helping kids stand on two good feet

By Patricia Lefevere
It all began with a Webcam and a smile

By Brian D. Pellot
NCR Editorials
Living in fear is a choice

Americans have tolerated a national security state for more than 55 years, ever since President Truman signed the 1952 directive that focused intelligence agencies and military resources on fighting the Cold War against international communism. The tradeoffs between the civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the government’s need to protect the nation have been continuous ever since.

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Closing the door on ourselves

When the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” first opened on Broadway back in 1964, few could have predicted that this tale of a Jewish father struggling to preserve tradition and at the same time to love his five tradition-breaking daughters would become a metaphor for families coping through the 1960s and ’70s with shattering social and religious change.

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Quotable & Notable

“Nuclear energy is something that can do good for humanity ... [that] is certainly valid for Iran, too.”

-- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, expressing support for a nuclear energy program in Iran, as long as it serves peaceful purposes

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Stephen Zunes

A dangerous division
The Senate's partition plan for Iraq will make a tragic situation worse.

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All Things Catholic
John L. Allen Jr.

Cardinal points
Selection of new prelates doesn't reflect the broader church.

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Congressman lashes back at Catholic group

By Dennis Coday
A leading Republican congressman harshly criticized a Catholic group that ran radio ads in October targeting 10 members of Congress who opposed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP.

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Reformers meet; report of abuse in R.I. released

By Chuck Colbert
The church reform organization Voice of the Faithful gathered for its national convention here Oct. 19 and 20, even as victim advocates voiced frustration with the group and the hierarchy for not doing enough to bring justice to survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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Girl's comment saved 'I Am the Bread of Life' song from trash bin

By Catholic News Service
It was 1966 and Mercy Sr. Suzanne Toolan had been asked to write a song for an event in the San Francisco archdiocese. With the deadline looming, she worked on a song in an unoccupied room next to the infirmary in the Catholic girls’ high school where she taught.

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Protest against torture earns priests jail time

By NCR Staff
Franciscan Fr. Louis Vitale and Jesuit Fr. Stephen Kelly were taken to jail Oct. 17 to begin five-month prison terms for acts of civil disobedience protesting U.S. policy that they say sanctions torture. Both were convicted of trespassing on a military base and failing to comply with orders from a police officer.

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Catholic Colleges & Universities
The Catholic Campus

Six presidents on challenges of mission, identity.

By Heather Grennan Gary
Students and credit cards
$14 million to bolster education in New Orleans

By Peter Finney Jr.
Commentary: How community college can be a stepping stone

By Anne Driscoll
10 tips for first-year community college students

By Anne Driscoll
Inside NCR

Rita Larivee


Working out the kinks
Many of you have written us commending our decision to go to press every other week beginning in January. This move offers a way to cope with the steep and sudden increase in postal costs without raising the cost of subscriptions. We are most grateful for your support and encouragement. But as with all change, some of our readers would prefer we find another way. We hear you, though we do not have many options at the moment and must continue with our plan to go biweekly. Yet, however difficult it is for me to respond to the hundreds of e-mails I receive each week, I read them all and take seriously the many suggestions from our readers.

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Former RNS editor Gerald Renner dies at 75

By Religion News Service
Gerald Renner, a former editor of Religion News Service and a longtime religion writer for The Hartford Courant, died Oct. 24 of cancer. He was 75. Known for both investigative journalism and offbeat stories, Renner continued his writing career after retiring from the Connecticut newspaper in 2000 after 15 years. He coauthored the book Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II in 2004.

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Job in Warsaw

By Kathy Gilsinan
New York's Storm Theatre presents two plays written by a young Karol Wojtyla.

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Beating the odds on 'Survivor'

By Erin Ryan
The program's new season confirms its bizarre reality.

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'Survivor's' China is not much like the real country

By Dennis Coday
One thought passed through my mind as I settled back in the easy chair: What China is this?

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The forgiving Amish
By Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher
Jossey-Bass, 237 pages, $24.95

By Bill Williams

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Poetry November 2, 2007

 Letters to the Editor

Letters for November 2, 2007

Classifieds for November 2, 2007

News Briefs for November 2, 2007

People for November 2, 2007

Last Words
'We bowed for, like, days. I swear to God we were in [the temple] forever.'

-- Courtney, a contestant on 'Survivor'

A memorable quote from this week's issue.

Svea Fraser’s last name was misspelled in Chuck Colbert’s Oct. 26 story about Voice of the Faithful’s celebrating its fifth anniversary. Fraser was one of the founders of the Catholic reform organization.
The spring 2008 PeaceJam event at which Archbishop Desmond Tutu will speak will be held at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. The name of the university was incorrect in Claire Schaeffer-Duffy’s Oct. 19 story about the University of St. Thomas’ refusing to host Tutu and later changing its mind. Julie Swiler is the spokeswoman for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Her last name was misspelled in the story.
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