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Issue: "Chaos in Colorado," May 1, 1999

It's not like what it used to be in the 1940s, the '50s, and '60s, when they had some values. Principles. Family morals. Today it just seems like so much of it is gone. There's just so many bad things going on in households today, and it affects so many children.

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz, while watching live news coverage of the Colorado school shooting.

Not having enough interest in the mysteries of life to ask the question, 'Is there a God or is there not a God'-that for me is the worst that can happen.

Star Wars director George Lucas, who added, "I think there is a God. No question. What that God is or what we know about that God, I'm not sure."

In a sense, he made the whole city into a church. It bothers me that when I wake up in the morning I'm looking for my teeth in a place of worship.

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Alabama atheist activist Carol Faulkenberry, 60, complaining about Gadsden Mayor Steve Means's issuing a proclamation declaring the town "The city of prayer." A "church/state" lawsuit is probable.

We are now confronting here, I think, the last battle for the soul of Europe.

David Gompert, director of the National Defense Research Institute, concerning the latest war to end war, now being fought in Yugoslavia.

We have three full-time Jesuit lawyers. We say Mass at noon. What more can we do to make it Catholic?

Liberal priest Robert Drinan, a law professor at Georgetown University, reacting defensively to philanthropist Thomas Monaghan's announcement that he is spending $50 million to create a conservative Catholic law school. "I've been very disappointed in general with Catholic education in the United States, particularly how it teaches the faith," said Mr. Monaghan. "I'm afraid that much of it has become secularized."


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