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Bad side of going global In his "The Good Side of Going Global" [July 18], it strikes me that Jay Mandle was so busy beating up on the Economic Policy Institute [EPI] and "the liberal antitrade...

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...This bare-bones account of the Platters is only a skeleton upon which Ladurie hangs wonderful discussions of the age of humanism, the conditions of towns and cities in sixteenth-century France and Switzerland (Paris had, according to Felix, 1,100 tennis courts...
...That is surprising, coming as it does from an author who has just finished mercilessly castigating the Jesus Seminar without naming one member or the title of one of the books from the Seminar...
...Economic growth has indeed occurred, but the cost to the natural resource base, successfully externalized (to us) by the globalizers, is not calculated...
...Earlier this year, at a conference on "Catholic Social Teaching in an Age of Globalization," convened by the Cen ter of Concern in collaboration with Archbishop Rembert Weakland and Marquette University, the major matter of dissensus was precisely the optimistic judgment suggested by the title of Mandle's piece...
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...1. I did not ask my readers for forbearance but advised them that my essay (like every theologian's) was neither undebatable nor complete...
...Dissertations on Decalogue have been published in Germany and Italy, and are surely in progress here, but we should press to make the film itself available in theaters in North America...
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...The minority view-represented by business persons, bankers, and related professionals-was that globalization could be made compatible with Catholic social teaching by means of personal conversion...
...EPI is chastised for advocating policies that would cause harm by "seriously disrupting international trade...
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...6. Less than a week after the essay appeared, I got a long e-mail letter from a friend, an early, active member of the Jesus Seminar who is now a re (Continued on page 30) Commonweal 29 September 26,1997 CORRESPONDENCE (Continued from page 29) spected associate professor of New Testament...
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...FRANCIS DeBERNARDO Van Beeck & the Seminar At the end of his essay, "Who Do You Say I Am" [June 20], Frans Jozef van Beeck addresses his readers directly and asks forbearance for any lack they might find in his essay...
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...But in 1986 the church's highest doctrinal authority, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, after noting that some have called the homosexual orientation or tendency "neutral, or even good," declared that since it is an inclination toward seriously evil acts, "the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder" ("On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons," no...
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...my essay was about Jesus, not about the Jesus Seminar...
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...Since I wrote my article, Kieslowski's Decalogue has been made available on video...
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...By the end of the piece, Cunneen has also made it clear, with no hint of argumentative tone, that that major work of film has important, if not flattering, implications for both personal and institutional Christianity today...
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...Most people I know might well agree with Mandle that "it [globalization] will have to be guided...
...Catholic bishops on sexuality reaffirmed this judgment: "Such an orientation in itself, because not freely chosen, is not sinful...
...Bad side of going global In his "The Good Side of Going Global" [July 18], it strikes me that Jay Mandle was so busy beating up on the Economic Policy Institute [EPI] and "the liberal antitrade position" that he overlooked some other aspects of the phenomenon he so amiably supports...
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...Robert Senser's article, which followed Mandle's, was an effective counter to it, at least with respect to the labor aspects, and I would urge Mandle and others who accept the mantra of globalization to read The Case against the Global Economy, reviewed in the same issue...
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...My statement in the Detroit News about the moral neutrality of a homosexual orientation was made in the context of a news story about Bishop Thomas Gumbleton's call for gay and lesbian church workers, including priests and bishops, to acknowledge their sexual orientation publicly...
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