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THE FIRE ?
"In His Time: The Consequential Papacy of John Paul II" (Spring
2001) provided better perspective on the state of Catholic intellectuals
than it did on JPII's papacy. Readers were "treated" to: a theologian
unaware that no pope has the authority to alter a sacrament; a historian
claiming Catholic doctrine changes "from one historical period to
another"; and a Catholic journalist puzzled by the Vatican's refusal
to support a revisionist version of Christ. Catholicism is based
on revealed, immutable truths, and JPII has stood in loving, yet
uncompromising, orthodoxy of these truths. While the intellectual
relativists struggle with the message of objective truth, the youth
(as evidenced by the Youth Day photo) are on fire with it. Thank
God for JPII.
STEPHEN R. LANE '89
Wow, golly, amazing. The editors of Boston College Magazine have
acknowledged that intercollegiate sports do exist ("The Big Score,"
Spring 2001). It took a national championship in ice hockey to do
it. For your information, Harvard Magazine regularly contains
a section reviewing sports.
DICK TOBIN '52
Florham Park, New Jersey
Re the 2001 Frozen Four victories: Attending both games here in
Albany was a dream come true for a local alum. Hey BC, thanks for
the memories and thanks for continually making new ones.
PETER G. CRUMMEY
Albany, New York
While the men's hockey team deserved all seven pages, with full
color photos, that they received, didn't our first NCAA champion
in more than 50 years--Shannon Smith '01 on the indoor track at
3,000 meters--deserve more than 60-something words of small type
in a margin ("For the Record," Spring 2001)?
Department of Sociology
Maureen Dezell's "Maiden Voyages" (Spring 2001) reminded me of my
grandmother, aunts, and mother. It is telling, though, that Elizabeth
Gurley Flynn [onetime chair of the U.S. Communist Party] was not
P. COYLE PH.D. '69
Your Winter issue was not the first time that I had heard about
Fr. Francis Sweeney's meetings with T. S. Eliot ("Bard Watching").
More than 20 years ago, I spent the summer working for Francis at
his Humanities Speakers Series office in McElroy Commons. He kept
up a lively correspondence with speakers who had become friends
during their visits to the campus. Francis dictated letters to Susan
Sontag or Alec Guinness, and I typed them out on the electric typewriter.
I now confess that I spent my downtime reading through old files
with titles such as "W. H. Auden" and "Robert Frost."
I also listened to Francis. Once, he offered to tell me a story
about Eliot, but only if I swore myself to secrecy, because he hoped
to write about it one day. I agreed and he told me about his lunch
in New York with Eliot shortly before the poet's death. I particularly
remember the part about Eliot's little bow to Francis as he said
good-bye for the last time.
I am writing to let Francis know that I kept my promise.
JACK J. CROWE '82
Oak Park, Illinois
I presented "We Gather Together," by Meaghan Mulholland (Spring
2001) to a ninth grade student and asked him to respond. He got
rather agitated and annoyed at the fact that thousands of intelligent,
wealthy young adults would idly stand by and watch the Can Lady
suffer through a demeaning process.
EILEEN TURO '99
Amenia, New York
It is difficult to imagine in this time of wealth for some that
others are having to learn the art of survival for their daily bread.
I commend Meaghan Mulholland for acknowledging what some will refuse
to see. Her vision will help others to have a conscience.
South Harwich, Massachusetts