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January 29, 2000

Vol.182 / No.3
The Word
John R. Donahue January 29, 2000

Very few topics occupy the American consciousness as much as health care and the onset of debilitating illness a concern of the readings for these Sundays The tone is set by Job rsquo s lament of endless suffering and sleepless nights The Gospels portray a Jesus who enters the world of the sick a

News

Chinese Ordain Five Bishops Without Vatican ApprovalThe government-approved church in China ordained five new bishops without papal approval. The ordination ceremony took place on Jan. 6, just hours before Pope John Paul II ordained 12 bishops in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Church officials

Columns
Thomas J. McCarthy January 29, 2000

At this time every year I’m remindedas gently as the onset of a hurricanethat sports and hype are preternaturally synonymous nowadays. Akin to a national religious holiday, Super Sunday is a festive farrago of the American spirit. Super Bowl parties abound, veritable melting pots. Rich and poo

Books
Joan Chittister January 29, 2000

Some books merit reading because they explain the past unusually well Some books deserve to be read because they clarify the present with uncommon perspective But there are few books that manage to do both Journey in Faith and Fidelity Women Shaping Religious Life for a Renewed Church is one of

Katarina M. Schuth January 29, 2000

Tell me what seminaries and schools of theology are really like these days. How many students attend? Who are the faculty members, and do they enjoy their work? From what background do students come, and how do they approach their formation and education? What is their vision for future ministry? Si

Of Many Things
Dennis M. Linehan January 29, 2000

It can be argued that the most prolific theological educator in the United States today is the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley. He might shrink from that title and, in fact, styles himself "author, priest, sociologist." The order is alphabetical. Those who are familiar with the man and his writings

Letters
Our readers January 29, 2000

Good Ways to DisagreeI truly regret that David S. Toolan, S.J., (Of Many Things, 1/1) was insulted because he believes I caricatured people like his parents in the talk I gave at the Chicago Commonweal Forum last Oct. 6. The paper I presented argued ideas. It should be possible to trace the history