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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





In this issue we highlight the second issue of the Australian Ejournal of Theology (AEJT), a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary Ejournal sponsored by the Sub-Faculty of Philosophy and Theology within Australian Catholic University. It focuses on scholarly exchange within the Australian theological community. Its aim is to be both ecumenical and interdisciplinary. Scholarly contributions are welcomed from all relevant disciplines including the humanities, philosophy, arts, sciences, ethical and legal studies, sociology and history.

Other New Links in This Issue

Critical Reflections on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ: edited by Ingrid Shafer.

GIBSON AGONISTES: Anatomy of a Neo-Manichean Vision of Jesus by Mahlon H Smith.

GIBSON AGONISTES: Anatomy of a Neo-Manichean Vision of Jesus by Mahlon H Smith. (PDF version edited with introduction by Ingrid H. Shafer)

Mel Gibson's Passion and Fascism's Piety of Pain: by Matthew Fox.

Jesus the Jew by Rabbi Michael Lerner: Gibson's "The Passion" has unleashed a centuries-old debate about anti-Semitism and the Church. In Jesus the Jew, Tikkun editor Michael Lerner reclaims Jesus as a Jewish Renewal teacher whose legacy was twisted into a horrendous history of hatred against Jews.

Radical Conviviality And The Gospel Jesus : by Thomas More.

Sectarian Catholicism and Mel Gibson: by Michael G. Lawler from the Journal of Religion and Film.

Just Good Books

Prayers To An Evolutionary God: by William Cleary

George W. Bush & the Unreligious Right – A Hard Look at Biblical Principles and Conservative Policies and a Challenge to Evangelicals by a Biblical Christian: by Joseph J. Martos

Continuing Good Connections

AMERICA Magazine: A weekly magazine for thinking Catholics published by Jesuits

Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC): Founded in 1980, ARCC has been devoted to structural church reform needed to confront injustice in the church, and then the world. ARCC consistently presses for participatory church governance structures that will end outdated practices of unilateral, unaccountable privilege and lack of transparency that have been typical of monarchies. Extensive collection of documents.

Call to Action Online: CTA works for the kind of church personified by Pope John XXIII, glimpsed at the Second Vatican Council, outlined at the US Bishops' 1976 Call To Action conference, proclaimed by 20,000 signers in CTA's "Call for Reform in the Catholic Church" (New York Times, Ash Wednesday, 1990) and encouraged by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin in his Catholic Common Ground initiative.

Call to Action News(an example from December, 2002): Jesuit theologian Roger Haight of Cambridge, Mass., though still banned from teaching by the Vatican, painted a serenely idealistic scenario in which the American Catholic experience will change universal Church doctrine in four key areas: religious freedom, the role of women, the place of laity, and openness to other religions.

CathNews, A Service of Catholic Resources: The Catholic Resources website provides a daily news service which is available via email, prayer and meditation, descriptions of and links to Christian sites and information on products available through Church Resources. Catholic Resources hopes to build the most influential Catholic site in Australia through providing a unique range of interactive resources to meet the needs of Australian Catholics and those interested in Christianity.

Catholic News Service: The mission of Catholic News Service is the mission of the Church itself to spread the Gospel through contemporary means of communication. Our mission is to perform this task by reporting the news which affects Catholics in their everyday lives. Some of that news is good and some is bad, but it is what readers need to know in order to work for salvation. They need to know that there are saints in the making in the Church today and they need to know that there are sinners too. Our mission is to report fully, fairly and freely about the involvement of the Church in the world today.

Catholic Online - CCN News & Media: Catholic Communications Network

Catholic World News: From the Catholic World News website:
In order to preserve editorial freedom and to be able to provide forthright coverage of sensitive issues has chosen to remain completely independent. Unlike other Catholic news services, receives no subsidies.

Commonweal: A Review of Religion, Politics, and Culture, edited by Catholic lay people since 1924

Company Online! A Magazine of the U.S. Jesuits: A Web version of Company, a print magazine of the Jesuits of the United States offering News, Features, Books, and References from the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) on its ministries, friends, history, and members

Cristianisme i Justícia: Debate de temas fronterizos de justícia, cultura, tercer y cuarto mundo, sociedad, migraciones, etc. desde la óptica de la fe cristiana.

Cristianisme i Justícia: Forums on: justice, culture, third and fourth world, society, migrations, etc. from the viewpoint of Christian faith.

Espacio Sagrado: los Jesuitas irlandeses: "Te invitamos a que hagas un Espacio Sagrado en tu día, y que pases diez minutos orando aquí y ahora, con la ayuda de esta guía en tu pantalla y con el pasaje de la Escritura escogida especialmente para cada día."

ICN Independent Catholic News: ICN is the first daily Catholic on-line news service in the UK. This site is run by Catholic journalists based in London, England. There are also more than a dozen regular contributors around the world.

Journal of Ecumenical Studies: The Journal of Ecumenical Studies has been publishing articles that explore the cutting edge of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue issues since 1964, when JES was co-founded by Arlene and Leonard Swidler.

NCR The National Catholic Reporter is an independent newsweekly that is frequently the first to report on serious issues important to thinking Catholics and the first place to find open, honest and ongoing discussion of those issues.

Religion & Culture: Meeting the Challenge of Pluralism — Resource Guide, 2003: This resource guide was created in response to suggestions from journalists seeking new, varied, and accessible sources on religion, society, and culture.

Sacred Space: Prayer site run by the Irish Jesuits offering a daily prayer in 17 languages.

SALT: Salt Publishing produces the bimonthly journal SALT, a journal dedicated to preserving freedom of inquiry and thought within the Catholic 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



Webpage Editors: 
Ingrid H. Shafer, Ph.D.
Robert R. Rahl
Posted 22 May 2004
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