September-October 1997

Cover Story

Criminologist John DiIulio explains why a God-centered and problem-focused approach is needed to save our youth.


Taking saints seriously for the needs of our time.
A rhythm of worthy work and reflective rest.
Who's evangelizing whom in Latin America?


A passion for education.
Paulo Freire's liberating legacy.
Ronald Reagan was called the "Great Communicator." Bill Clinton should go down in history as the "Great Co-opter."
Is religious liberty under threat?
Promise Keepers draws mixed response.
When a nation apologizes.


Helllloooooooooo!" That’s what I shouted over the Grand Canyon when we first pulled up. You have to do that. It’s the law.
It started with a phone call from Jeffrey Katzenberg, a director in Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks film company. Katzenberg is the former Disney executive who produced Aladdin and The Lion King.
Four water cannons. Two vicious dogs. Six armored personnel carriers. A score of police.
School in all of its dimensions inevitably marks our later efforts at community living.
"No thanks, it makes me sick." "Let’s see, if I leave the milk out of these rolls Sheila can eat them." 

Culture Watch

The eclectic, infectious sound of acid jazz.
Mumia Abu-Jamal's persistent hope.
Liturgical seasons bring my life order: In them, as well as the growing seasons of Minnesota, I re-enact the drama of life and death.
Phil Berrigan's life-long journey toward nonviolence.
The dangers and possibilities of globalization.
Van Morrison and Bruce Cockburn explore the dark on new releases.
The church as custodian of culture.
The settlement between the tobacco companies and the 40 state attorneys general has been widely noted as a landmark in public health and consumer safety. And it is.
The strange American need to consume, as portrayed in Affluenza.


I MUST ADMIT that I am perplexed by the recent article on the ecumenical movement ("All Together Now!" by Jim Wallis, May-June 1997).
At Iliff School of Theology in Denver, a seminary considered to be one of the country's more liberal, a group of students protesting in the chapel were surprised when the Denver Police Department arrived, handcuffed them, and hauled them to jail.
The world is one scared woman in the rain.
SIDNEY CALLAHAN’S editorial on physician-assisted suicide was extraordinarily disappointing ("A Time to Live, A Time to Die," July-August 1997).
Fall national conference seeks to nourish and energize.
Violence continues in the aftermath of the recent coup in Sierra Leone.
Let’s get it straight: Living God’s way in the world is not for the faint-hearted.
Once we had gone beyond Left and Right, liberal and conservative, East and West, nothing remained but to go beyond the false categories of taste and decency. 
IN THE EDITORIAL on United States’ China-Tibet policy, Rose Marie Berger states, "Infant mortality is 88 percent among Tibetans, as opposed to 31 percent among Chinese".
I WAS DELIGHTED with the way you displayed my van Gogh poem ("Poetry," July-August 1997).
IN ONE WAY I entirely agree with the point of view Bob Hulteen expressed about Michael Ondaatje’s revisionist spin of Count Laszlo Almasy in the review of The English Pat
WALTER BRUEGGEMANN in your July-August 1997 edition has gone too far in generalizing from isolated incidents of violence by military personnel...
IN JIM WALLIS’ article "All Together Now!" he declares the "four basic constituencies" of American Christianity to be "evangelical, mainline Protestant, Catholic, and the historic black churches."
They say that politics makes strange bedfellows, and apparently so does the media business.
Under pressure from conservative Christian organizations, the International Bible Society has scrapped its plans to publish a gender-neutral version of its popular NIV bible.
Mud sucking at bare feet, St. Francis walks the rain
JEN KILPS in "Gambling on an Education" (July-August 1997) characterizes income-contingent student loans as being theoretically sound but inaccessible to most students.
In awarding McDonald's $98,000 in a libel case against two vegetarian activists, a British judge found that some of the charges the activists made were true.
A tough and compassionate approach holds offenders accountable while seeking reconciliation.