Compass: A Jesuit Journal

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 3, July-August

Amos among the Business Columnists
I shouldn't read the business press. It's bad for my blood pressure. Business editors are extreme in their tendency to absolutize the community-blind rights of money seeking its own expansion, and I trend to get extreme in response. By the time I have...
Are We Ethical in Our Use of Animals?
Seal hunters drive European anti-sealers off the Magdalen Islands. Pickets in Edmonton protest against Alberta farmers who keep pregnant mares under "inhumane conditions" to sell their estrogen-rich urine to an American pharmaceutical firm. Emotional...
Armed with Flip Charts and Markers
The fastest growing industry in Jamaica is security. Business is booming in building grills and locks, breeding guard dogs and providing night watchman services. The next fastest growing industry, I am convinced, is facilitation: animation, rapportage,...
Chiapas: A Reporter's Diary: In Which a Search for the Zapatista Revolution Yields a Dying Rabbit, a Pregnant Cat and Chickens That Don't Give Eggs
In which a search for the Zapatista revolution yields a dying rabbit, a pregnant cat and chickens that don't give eggs February 2, 1996 Arrived in San Cristobal de Las Casas yesterday. It's a beautiful town high in the mountains with clean air...
Cooperative Endeavor with the Spirit
I had thought of icons as akin to stained-glass windows: more ancient, formalized and mysterious, perhaps, but simply an Eastern visual aid to devotion and understanding, equivalent to those glass pictures with which we Western Christians are so familiar....
I Know Only My Hunger - and It Is Large
In May 1995, the Most Reverend Thomas L. Dupre was installed as the Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts. I was invited to the installation as an ecumenical guest representing the United Church of Christ, an American Protestant denomination....
Money in the Bank: A Human-Scale Development Organization (Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre) Crosses Paths with a Vast but Shoddy African Banking Network and an Even Vaster International System
A human-scale development organization crosses paths with a vast but shoddy African banking network and an even vaster international system The countryside is bleak and reddish-tinged, with little vegetation and many empty river beds. Every day...
Next Millennium Belongs to the Laity
When I worked as a chaplain in a prison, I was one of a long line of Jesuit priests who had served in that institution since its opening. When I left the chaplaincy, the bishop appointed a laywoman to replace me. Although she cannot say Mass or hear...
Outsiders Feeling the Pain of Separation
In 1980 Cardinal Suenens, the retired primate of Belgium, asked me to accompany him to the annual meeting of the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the time I was director of the Christophers, a media organization...
Smoke
Saskatoon is in the throes of introducing a bylaw to prohibit smoking in public places. The province of Saskatchewan has forbidden smoking in prisons. You can see the headline now--Smoking Forbidden on Death Row. Then there's Smoke, the movie. In...
St=Mungo: Christianizing Britain in Small Strokes
The life of St. Mungo, lived in Scotland in the sixth century, is a veritable soap opera with feuding cousins, uncles and nephews. In the century before Mungo's birth, the Roman legions that had occupied the island of Britain for four centuries were...
We Seek Clarity Knowing That All Belief Is Imperfect
A delightful story about a rural Anglican community provides a link to further the discussion undertaken by Martin Royackers SJ and Brian Metcalfe in their respective articles in the May/June issue of Compass ("Christian Identity and Buddhist Journey"...