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The June issue of CWR is coming

By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Jun 03, 2003

The June issue of Catholic World Report should be wending its way through the US Postal Service to mailboxes right now and here's what you can expect to find:

  • Our cover story: "Still No Progress On The Scandal" In Boston, a controversial and mandatory child-abuse prevention program in parochial schools has alienated parents who simply want to assert their rights. In Dallas, an open conflict between two bishops has helped to expose deeper problems.
  • "The Cost Of Theological Dissent" Since the days of Vatican II, American theologians and even American bishops have accepted the spread of "licit dissent" from Church doctrine. Kenneth D. Whitehead argues that this approach has taken a heavy toll on the faithful.
  • "Putting Legends To The Test" Michael Rose explains how the proposal for a "non-invasive" excavation at a renowned old shrine meets heavy opposition by people who are determined to preserve some of Scotland's most remarkable legends.
  • "Anything But Relaxing" Late in April the London Times published a revealing interview with England's leading Catholic prelate, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. CWR obtained permission to reprint that interview, while the journalist who conducted it, Bess Twiston-Davies, comments on the cardinal's most striking remarks.
  • "A Different Direction For CELAM" The Latin American bishops' conference is due for some downsizing, with a reform-minded leader at the helm.
  • "A Very English Response" An extensive (and expensive) new system is in place to handle complaints of sexual abuse. But the system is based entirely on secular logic, and does not address the roots of the problem.
  • "Youthful Enthusiasm" While enthusiasm is not ordinarily associated with religious movements in England, the "new movements" are bringing that characteristic onto the scene.
  • As well as a full boat of our usual features, including Phil Lawler's editorial, "One Year Later"; Diogenes' Last Word on why people know how to behave at baseball games, but not at Mass; Opinion columns from James Hitchcock on media hypocrisy on pedophilia and Marvin Olasky on how the conduct of the Iraq war marks a historical turning point; and a slew of reader letters.

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