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Volume 1.2
April 2003

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Robert Blair Kaiser: A Letter from the Editor
 
THE CHURCH COMES OF AGE
 
Jim Bowman: How to Preach
 
José Ignacio González Faus, SJ: Memoria Subversiva, Memoria Subyugante: Présentación de Jesús de Nazaret (Español)
 
Subversive Memory, Captivating Memory: Presenting Jesus of Nazareth (English)
 
Bea Scott: Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Saint for the Rest of Us
 
José María Vigil, CMF: Libertad a la intemperie: Sobre la necesaria reforma de la Iglesia católica (Español)
 
Freedom in Bad Weather: On the Necessary Reform of the Catholic Church (English)  

COMPANIONS
 
IN MEMORIAM: BOB HOLSTEIN
 
Robert Blair Kaiser: Rest in Peace
 
John Baumann, SJ:
Homily (English)
Homilía (Español)
 
Robert M. Holstein, Jr.: Message from Holstein
 
John Lounibos: About Holstein

INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
 
Paolo Dall'Oglio, SJ: In Praise of Syncretism
 
John D. Gerken: Priests: So Many Then, So Few Now
 
MEDIA AND CULTURE
 
Donn Downing: A Very Small Obsession & Just Who is Walter Ong?
 
Graciela Ramsay: Movie Review: The Crime of Father Amaro
 
Gaston Roberge, SJ: The Globalization of Terror and The Terror of Globalization

PAPACY
 
Eugene C. Bianchi: If I Were Pope
 
POETRY
 
Louis Miles: communal farming
 
H.R. Stoneback: "Shock and Awe"
 
ROME DIARY
 
Robert Blair Kaiser: Rome Diary Index
Latest Chapter
 
SEX
 
Thomas Monteleone, Jason Berry, Geoff Cahill, Jack Florence: Four Responses to "On Addressing Sexual Abuse"
 
Paul Kelly: A Paul Kelly File
 
And for a subtle reminder where the Vatican stands on all this, click here

VITAL SPEECHES
 
Daniel C. Maguire: The Voice of the Faithful in a Clergy-dominated Church
 
WAR AND PEACE
 
Leonardo Boff: Guerra massacre (Português)
Guerra masacre (Español)
War as a Massacre (English)
 
Brian Coyne:  Is This the Big Religious Question of Our Time?
 
José Ignacio González Faus, SJ: De «Occidente» al «Lejano Oeste»: Réquiem por la Razón (Español)
 
From the West to the Far West: A Requiem for Reason (English)
 
Robert Blair Kaiser: War's Holy Rhetoric
 
Bruce Kent: Christianity is not about power...


 

A Letter from the Editor
It took a while (too long) to get our second issue up into cyberspace. But here we are, glued to our TV screens watching American bombs falling on Iraq. We trust the prayers of many will prevail and that all the bombs will miss the innocent. Given the world situation, however, we could not wait but lead off with a WAR AND PEACE package. As you will see, we all hate war.
  Robert Blair Kaiser

The Church Comes of Age
How to Preach
My God, why should we get up in arms over incoherent, pedestrian commentary? If the preacher has not Latin, we can live with that. Shakespeare had little enough. But English? What if he has no more English than the guy you belly up to the bar next to who also has his ideas about war, peace, wealth, poverty, and the state of baseball in the American League?
 
Jim Bowman

Subversive Memory, Captivating Memory: Presenting Jesus of Nazareth
It won't take long for anyone reading this piece to see that González Faus has been doing what every theologian ought to be doing: rethinking the person of Jesus for the men and women of his time.
  José Ignacio González Faus, SJ



Archbishop Oscar Romero: A Saint for the Rest of Us
For me, Oscar Romero exemplifies the essence of Catholicism. He turned his life over to God and prayed for the courage to do God's will. He loved the church and strove to serve its people with fidelity.
  Bea Scott

Libertad a la intemperie: Sobre la necesaria reforma de la Iglesia católica (Español)
Freedom in Bad Weather: On the Necessary Reform of the Catholic Church (English)
This is a story about how we can maintain our freedom, even in a Church that is trying to overcontrol us. Its author is José María Vigil, a Claretian priest from Spain now living and working in Central America. Fr. Vigil calls the current state of affairs in the Church "ecclesiocentrism" -- which is a big, scary word, but all it means is that we have to stop thinking that the pope is the Church. He isn't, says Vigil. But he's at its service -- or ought to be.
  José María Vigil, CMF

Companions
In Memoriam: Bob Holstein
He was a rollicking good, and often profane, storyteller who loved duck hunting and steelhead fishing. He had a cabin near Ft. Jones in the High Sierras that he readily offered to his friends, including Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, the late House Speaker Tip O'Neill and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.
Rest in Peace
  Robert Blair Kaiser

                               Homily (English)
Homilía (Español)
  John Baumann, SJ

Message from Holstein
  Robert M. Holstein, Jr.

About Holstein
  John Lounibos



Interreligious Dialogue
In Praise of Syncretism
"Do I consider myself personally a Muslim? I think so, through evangelical grace and obedience. I am a Muslim because of the love of God for Muslims and Islam. I cannot but be a Muslim by way of the Spirit and not the letter. In the same way, like Jesus and the apostles, I am Jewish by way of the Spirit."
  Paolo Dall'Oglio, SJ

Priests: So Many Then, So Few Now
What did Christianity do the first 40 years after Christ's death? How could there have been reconciliation (pardon the cynicism) without an officer who had two years of moral theology? Was there Viaticum? How did that early community support in faith those who were sick and about to die? Probably they visited the sick and made sure they were not alone during their last hours.
  John D. Gerken

Media and Culture
A Very Small Obsession & Just Who is Walter Ong?
Here, we give you Downing's ruminations about the possible social implications of the Internet, the history of printing and its huge impact on the Reformation, and the unintended consequences of technology.
  Donn Downing


Movie Review: The Crime of Father Amaro
A novel with a timeless theme written more than a century ago inspired a film that seems to spin out of today's scandalous headlines about a Church that has not come to grips with its own humanity.
  Graciela Ramsay


The Globalization of Terror and The Terror of Globalization
As a film historian (among other things), Roberge cannot help noticing a clear convergence between a classic movie, The Birth of a Nation, and the Bush Administration's war against "the axis of evil."
  Gaston Roberge, SJ

Papacy
If I Were Pope
And since I would happen to be a married pope, I wonder if the Vatican still has in storage the bigger bed that Lucrezia's father (Pope Alexander VI) used?
  Eugene C. Bianchi

Poetry
communal farming
  Louis Miles

"Shock and Awe"
  H.R. Stoneback

Rome Diary
Latest Chapter
Rome Diary Index
  Robert Blair Kaiser

Sex
Four Responses to "On Addressing Sexual Abuse"
We had four major responses to an article in the last issue of Just Good Company "On Addressing Sexual Abuse." The first is from Tom Monteleone, the second from Jason Berry, the third from Geoff Cahill, and a fourth by Jack Florence.
  Thomas Monteleone
  Jason Berry
  Geoff Cahill
  Jack Florence

A Paul Kelly File
  Paul Kelly

And for a subtle reminder where the Vatican stands on all this, go to
http://www.mcauley.acu.edu.au/theology/Issue3/dextera_domini.htm

Vital Speeches
The Voice of the Faithful in a Clergy-dominated Church
Talk given at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Milwaukee to the Voice of the Faithful and SNAP, Jan 9, 2003
  Dan Maguire
 

War and Peace
Guerra massacre (Português)
Guerra masacre (Español)
War as a Massacre (English)

It is not enough to be for peace. We have to be against war. There is no holy, just or humane war. All are perverse.
  Leonardo Boff


Is This the Big Religious Question of Our Time?
We can't put a good name on bad actions merely because we say we are undertaking them in the name of God or of Allah.
  Brian Coyne


From the West to the Far West: A Requiem for Reason
We have said that, in the new world situation of globalization and of atomic weapons, the old traditional morals on war have become insufficient. But perhaps it is worthwhile pointing out that the attack about to be launched against Iraq and before which Europe, the cradle of the "right of peoples" has adopted such a cowardly attitude that this attack can in no way be justified, not even with the criteria of the old war.
  José Ignacio González Faus, SJ

War's Holy Rhetoric
"It is truly an exercise in futility for one nation or a number of nations to launch a war against international and cosmic evil. That is a task that even the Almighty is still working at."
  Robert Blair Kaiser

Christianity is not about power...
CHRISTIANITY is not about power, pride, privilege, revenge, and the hypocrisy of those who themselves possess thousands of weapons of mass destruction.
  Bruce Kent

 

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