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Volume 2 Issue 1
June 2004


Robert Blair Kaiser:  A Letter from the Editor


Reviewed by
Don Foran: A Dying Breed of Brave Men: The Self-Written Stories of Nine Married Priests Edited by Robert J. Brousseau

Reviewed by
Doug McFerran: Papal Reich by Arun Pereira

Reviewed by
Leonard Swidler: Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century by Ronald Modras


Thomas P. Doyle: The John Jay Report and The National Review Board Report

Bruce Russett: Conclusion of Governance, Accountability and the Future of the Catholic Church — Monarchy, Democracy, or "Decent Consultation Hierarchy"?

Leonard Swidler: Desperately Needed: Catholic ‘Americanist’ Heroes — The Model of Bishop John England of Charleston


Morgan Zo Callahan: Two Zen Dialogues:
Change Your Mind Day — June 7, 2003 — Ciudad de Los Angeles
Distant & Close

Geraldine Glodek: One Day on the Way to the Time Room

Paul Kelly: The Kelly Kollection


Robert Brophy, Don Cordero, Doug McFerran, Robert R. Rahl, Jim Torrens, SJ, and Dave Van Etten : Convocation 2003

Peter Henriot, SJ: Letter from Zambia

Joseph E. Mulligan, SJ: A Faith and Justice Pilgrimage in Rome ... and Related Reflections at Home


Frances A. Della Cava and Madeline H. Engel: Catholics under the Magnifying Glass: Views in American Mystery Fiction

Ramón Rami Porta: El teólogo itinerante: Un comentario sobre Monseñor Quijote de Graham Greene

Ramón Rami Porta: The Itinerant Theologian: A Commentary on Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene




Contributing Authors

Robert Bagg has published three books of poetry, including Body Blows: New and Selected Poems (Massachusetts, 1988) and translated seven Greek dramas. His latest translation, The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles, will be published in 2004 by Massachusetts. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Prix de Rome, and an NDEA grant.

Robert Brophy, an emeritus professor of English at Long Beach State University, entered the Society in '46 from St. Ignatius High in San Francisco, and left in '56 from the University of San Francisco.

Morgan Zo Callahan, who entered the California Province of the Society of Jesus in 1962 and left in 1972, is now a public school teacher in Southern California. He takes frequent trips to provide aid -- and a good pair of ears -- to the indigenous peoples of southern Mexico.

Don Cordero

Frances DellaCava resides in New York City.  She received her Ph.D. from Fordham University; her doctoral dissertation was a study of men who left the Roman Catholic priesthood.  Currently she is assistant professor of sociology and director of the Adult Degree Program at Lehman College.  With Prof. M. Engel she has given papers and published articles on women in American society and, together, they have published two books analyzing the changing role of women in American detective fiction.

Tom Doyle is a Dominican canon lawyer who warned the U.S. bishops in 1982 about the looming priest-sex-abuse crisis. He was not only ignored, most tellingly by the head of one bishops' subcommittee, Cardinal Bernard Law, but pressure was put on the pope's diplomatic office in Washington, D.C., where Doyle was working, to have him fired. He left and joined the U.S. Army Chaplain's Corps, then went on to become a star witness in many victim's lawsuit.

Leobard D’Souza was consecrated coadjutor bishop of Jabalpur, India, by Pope Paul VI in 1964 at the Eucharistic Congress in Bombay.  Ordained a priest in 1956, he studied at Propaganda Fide in Rome.  He returned to India in 1957 and worked as a parish priest in Junwani, a rural mission in Jabalpur, but after nine months was assigned as private secretary to the papal pro-nuncio in India, Archbishop James Knox.  In 1962 he went to University College Dublin to read history in preparation for becoming principal at St. Aloysius School in Jabalpur.  In 1964 he was working on his thesis at the British Museum when he was called to become coadjutor of Jabalpur.  He became ordinary of the diocese that same year and in 1975 became archbishop of Nagpur, India, a position from which he retired in 1998 because of ill health.  He served as vice president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India and for eight years was chair of Caritas India.  He also served on several national and international committees including those concerned with labor, immigration and refugees, and catechesis.  He resides now at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur, where he is professor of church history, and conducts the pastoral workshop for deacons.  His regular weekend ministry is in the small village of Peti Chua.  He also conducts retreats and seminars and provides a variety of tuitions for male and female religious.

Madeline H. Engel, a life-long resident of New York City, earned her doctorate in sociology at Fordham University where she studied assimilation and criminology with Rev. Joseph P. Fitzpatrick, SJ  She is currently a professor of sociology and the chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York. Previously she served as the coordinator of Womenís Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at Lehman. Dr. Engel has written numerous research monographs, articles and reviews, as well as six books:  Inequality in America; The Drug Scene; The Italian Experience in the United States (co-edited with S.M. Tomasi); Minorities in American Society, 6th ed. (with Charles F. Marden and Glady Meyer); Female Detectives in American Novels (with Frances A. DellaCava); and Sleuths in Skirts (with Frances A. DellaCava).

Edward M. Fashing is a cattle and grain farmer in Sturgeon, Missouri, a lector in his parish, and an activist in several farm organizations. He laments the hard times that have come to farmers in America, and he recommends we read Victor Davis Hansonís stirring book, Fields Without Dreams; Defending the Agrarian Idea, because, he says, ìI cannot read the book without weeping. I may never finish it.î Ed has a BS from Loyola University of Chicago (1960) and MS in chemistry from DePaul University (1968). He taught chemistry and physical science for six years at University of Illinois (Chicago, and he has also taught geology, environmental studies, and the chemistry of hazardous materials at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, and physics at Truman State and Columbia College in Missouri. He has done cancer and aflatoxin chemical research, and worked as audio-visual planning editor for Encyclopaedia Britannica Film Corp. Some 43 years ago, he married Annette Lubker. They produced five children, all members of 4H, and raised ten Missouri State Fair and county fair champion steer carcasses. Ed was Newman Community faculty moderator at two Illinois colleges.

Don Foran is a professor of English and Philosophy at Centralia College and The Evergreen State College. He was named Professor of the Year for the state of Washington by the Carnegie Foundation in 1995. He and his wife, Maggie, live in Olympia, WA. His daughters Amanda and Erin are flourishing as college students.

Geraldine Glodek lives in Decatur, Illinois. She has taught English to immigrants in Iowa and in Maine, as well as to scientists in Russia. She freelances as a writer of multiple-choice test items in a variety of subjects, an ability she credits to her interdisciplinary Jesuit education at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. She also works with autistic children and writes novels. Her first novel, Nine Bells at the Breaker: An Immigrant's Story, is set in the coalfields of Pennsylvania in the early 20th century. Geraldine Glodek's father, uncles, and grandfathers were coal miners.

Peter Henriot, SJ

Robert Blair Kaiser went through ten years in the Society of Jesus, then, three years shy of ordination, left the Jesuits to pursue a career in journalism. He covered Vatican II for Time, worked on the religion beat for The New York Times, and served as journalism chairman at the University of Nevada Reno. Two of his ten published books deal with Vatican II: Pope, Council and World, and The Politics of Sex and Religion. Kaiser won the Overseas Press Club Award in 1963 for the "best magazine reporting of foreign affairs" for his reporting on the Vatican Council. Editors at three newspapers have nominated him for Pulitzer Prizes, and the book publisher E.P. Dutton nominated him for another Pulitzer for his exhaustive 634-page work on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, a work that will be republished next year. Since the fall of 1999, Kaiser has been a contributing editor in Rome for Newsweek magazine. He is also writing a book there on the future of the Church. He has a contract with CBS Television News to provide color commentary for that networkís coverage of the next conclave. His latest book is the autobiographical Clerical Error.

George Keithley's award-winning epic poem The Donner Party was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection and has been adapted as a play and an opera. Joyce Carol Oates has praised Keithley as possessing "Whitman's visionary imagination." He and his wife live in Chico, California.

From his retirement cottage in Maine, Paul Kelly, a former Jesuit from the New England Province and a retired attorney, has the time and the leisure and the intelligence to focus on a whole rainbow of topics that mirror our concerns at And the man can write.

Doug McFerran was a Jesuit from 1952-62. He taught philosophy in the Los Angeles Community College District until his retirement in 2003. He is the author of IRA Man: Talking with the Rebels and is currently the editor of ARCCLIGHT, the newsletter published by the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church.

Daniel C. Maguire is a professor of moral theology at Marquette University.

Vittorio Messori is the first journalist in history to publish a book-length interview with a pope, the multimillion-selling Crossing the Threshold of Hope  (1994), as well as numerous other works such as The Ratzinger Report  (1987) and his best-selling Jesus Hypothesis (1976).

Joe Mulligan is a Detroit Province Jesuit and a longtime missionary in Central America. He has been on a personal crusade -- to find out what really happened to Father James Carney, the American priest who disappeared in Honduras in 1983 after entering that country as a chaplain to a group of Honduran insurgents.

Anthony T. Padovano holds doctorates and professorships in theology and literature. He is the author of twenty-eight award winning books and plays, translated into eight languages. He has been visiting professor at twenty-five American colleges and universities, lectures world-wide, and appears regularly in the media on both sides of the Atlantic.

Robert R. Rahl was a California Jesuit from 1963 to 1973. He taught at New College of California for eighteen years and twice served as Dean of the School of Humanities. He was later Director of Information Technology for the California Medical Association from which he retired in 1999. Married to Laurel Lane for over 25 years, he has three sons and one grandson. Robert volunteers as a technical advisor to the West Coast Compañeros, Inc. and its online journal Just Good Company. He grows miniature roses and preternaturally hot peppers.

Ramón Rami Porta es un cirujano torácico de Barcelona, España, que se ha interesado por Graham Greene desde sus años en la facultad de medicina. De ávido lector de los libros de Greene, progresivamente desarrolló interés por su vida, lo que conllevó un entendimiento más profundo de la obra y pensamiento religioso de Greene. Desde la constitución del Graham Greene Birthplace Trust en Berkhamsted, Reino Unido, en 1997, ha asistido regularmente al Festival Graham Greene anual organizado por el Trust y ha respaldado incondicionalmente sus actividades para promocionar y mantener el interés en Greene.
Ramón Rami Porta is a practicing thoracic surgeon from Barcelona, Spain, who has been interested in Graham Greene since his years at medical school. From avid reader of Greeneís books, he progressively developed an interest in Greeneís life, which provided a more profound understanding of Greeneís work and religious thinking. Since the constitution of the Graham Greene Birthplace Trust in Berkhamsted, UK, in 1997, he has become a regular attendant of the annual Graham Greene Festival organized by the Trust, and an unconditional supporter of its activities to promote and maintain interest in Greene.

Bruce Russett is the Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Yale University.

Michael Saso, a former California Province Jesuit with a PhD from the University of London, and the author of more than a dozen books on Asian spirituality, has been commuting between Carmel, California, and various parts of China and Tibet for the past 15 years. For 20 years, he was a professor of Religious Studies at the University of Hawaii and he is now on the faculty of Beijing's Capital Wushu University and the California State University Monterey Bay. He is the founder of the Beijing-based AARLI, THE ADVANCED ASIAN RESEARCH AND LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, designed to meet a growing, worldwide need for high-level, cost-effective study in China under the supervision of a team of renowned scholars.

Tom Sheehan recently had a mystery novel released, Death for the Phantom Receiver, (PublishAmerica) and a collection of poetry, This Rare Earth & Other Flights, (Lit Pot Press). He has five other books published, four Pushcart nominations, a Silver Rose Award from ART and has many print and Internet appearances of poetry, short stories and memoirs.

Leonard Swidler, STL, PhD, Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA ( is co-founder of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC — ), Chair of its Constitution Committee, and the author or editor of over sixty books, including: Freedom in the Church, 1969; Bishops and People, 1970; Aufkl”rung Catholicism 1780-1850, 1978; K¸ng in Conflict, 1981; Authority in the Church and the Schillebeeckx Case, 1982; The Church in Anguish: Has the Vatican Betrayed Vatican II? (co-edited with Hans K¸ng), 1987; A Catholic Bill of Rights, 1988; Toward a Catholic Constitution, 1996; For All Life. Toward a Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic: An Interreligious Dialogue, 1999; The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue, 2000.

Jim Torrens, SJ, entered the Jesuits out of St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco in 1948 and went the normal Jesuit course, including theology studies and ordination in Belgium. He did his graduate studies in English literature at the University of Michigan and then, in the turbulence of 1968, went to teach at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He then had two long stints in the classroom at Santa Clara University, plus a few years as community superior at the University of San Francisco. In the 1900s, he was an editor of AMERICA in New York City. He then spent three years teaching with Mexican Jesuits in Tijuana and is currently director of the House of Prayer for Priests, a retreat house in the archdiocese of Los Angeles. His late-life publications: Presenting Paradise (a translation and commentary of Dante's "Paradiso," Scranton University Press), Reaching toward God (essays and poems, Sheed and Ward), and Uphill Running, a Jesuit Life (poems, self-published).

Dave Van Etten and his wife, Mary Ann, operate a Family Day Care for children from their San Jose, California, home. Dave entered the Society in '58, an engineering grad from Santa Clara University, spent three years as a missionary in Taiwan and the Philippines, and left in 1969 from Alma College in Los Gatos. He currently serves as a WCCI Director and Chief Financial Officer, coordinator of the Companions' annual reunion and co-moderator of their online communication activities.

José María Vigil, CMF es un sacerdote claretiano nacido en España que ahora vive y trabaja en Centroaméríca. Obtuvo la licenciatura en teología en la Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca y la de Santo Tomás en Roma y obtuvo la licentiatura en Psicología, en especialidad Cliníca, en las Universidades de Salamanca, Madrid y Managua. Es secretario ejecutivo de CICLA, Conferencia Internacional Claretiana Latinoamericana y autor de varios libros y artículos, muchos de los cuales aparecen en el internet. Se pueden localizar en

José María Vigil, CMF is a Claretian priest from Spain now living and working in Central America. He studied theology at the Pontifical University in Salamanca and at the Angelicum in Rome, and did studies in clinical psychology in Salamanca, Madrid and Managua. He is executive secretary of CICLA, the Conferencia Internacional Claretiana Latinoamericana, and the author of a number of books and articles, many of which appear (in Spanish) on the Internet. Go to He says he is working "for the coming of the Reign of Christ, for world justice, a correct globalization, the cause of women, the option for the poor, the recovery of self-esteem and hope by the poor and by their organizations, for ecology, for ecumenism and the end of "invierno eclesial" … the end of winter in the Church.

Volume 2 Issue 1
June 2004


Vittorio Messori: A Passion of Violence and Love


Robert Bagg: Chimera

George Keithley: Looking at the Man

Tom Sheehan: We Share A Universe


Edward M. Fashing: WTO Meeting In Cancun, Mexico, October 2003

Robert Blair Kaiser: Holy Words Holy War

Senator Edward M. Kennedy: "Leading This Country to a Perilous Place"

Joseph E. Mulligan, SJ: The Fight for Bread and Justice Goes On in Central America


Robert Blair Kaiser:
Latest Chapter
Rome Diary Index


José María Vigil, CMF: La opción por los pobres es opción por la justicia, y no es preferencial: Para un reencuadramiento teologico-sistemático de la OP

José María Vigil, CMF: The Option for the Poor is an Option for Justice, and Not Preferential: A New Theological-Systematic Framework for the Option for the Poor

Leobard D’Souza: There Are Many Mother Teresas


Michael Saso: The Advanced Asian Research and Language Institute, Beijing, Announces New, Inter-Disciplinary BA, MA, & PhD Programs, 10-14 Day Tibetan Pilgrimages, and Opportunities To Help in Building and Sponsoring Schools in Greater Tibet


Anthony Padovano: The American Catholic Church: Assessing the Past, Discerning the Future



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