We have now entered the period Jews call "The Three Weeks."
This year, the 17th of Tammuz falls on Sunday, July 24. This is a fast day -- no eating, no drinking.
For The Kids
James Carroll loves the Roman Catholic Church. Unfortunately, the church he loves isn't the church he has. Carroll yearns for that short, winsome time when he was ennobled by liberation theology, Vatican II and his bold opposition to the war in Vietnam. But the hopes of that moment faded away as first Pope Paul VI and, later, Pope John Paul II extinguished John XXIII's reformist platform.