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March 18, 2000

Vol.182 / No.9
Editorials
The Editors March 18, 2000

In what may signal a crack in the wall of support for the death penalty, a number of states have begun to question whether it can ever be fairly applied. Illinois provides the most dramatic example. Since 1977, 13 men have been released from its death row. One, Anthony Porter, came within two days o

Letters
Our readers March 18, 2000

Chorus of WhinersFirst, it’s the American theologians who are whining over Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Now it’s the turn of the liturgical translators to whine over the intervention of the Congregation for Divine Worship. I’m tired of all this whining against the Vatican, which has become

Robert F. Drinan March 18, 2000

Should public high school students be permitted to engage in a public opening prayer before the game of their football team? That question will be resolved in a case accepted by the United States Supreme Court on Nov. 15, 1999 [see editorial, "Public Schools and Religion," 1/15.] The facts

The Word
John R. Donahue March 18, 2000

Over 20 years ago I was giving a series of Scripture workshops in South Africa during the worst period of apartheid shortly after the murder of Steve Biko Yet the hope and joy of an oppressed people shone forth in every liturgy and during every occasion when we shared insights on Scripture On my

Television
James Martin, SJ March 18, 2000

Only last year pundits were pronouncing the sitcom on its last legs. After all, "Seinfeld" and "Home Improvement" were gone, and even popular shows like "Frasier" seemed increasingly tired. (How often can you watch Niles pursue Daphne, Frasier avoid Lilith and Eddie act

Columns
Thomas J. McCarthy March 18, 2000

I’ve seen two movies in recent days that I can’t shake. Both are late-1960’s films about a stranger in a hostile and unfamiliar place who, through an unlikely relationship, discovers unknown darkness and lightin himself and in others. My emotional response to each movie was contrad

Books
Drew Christiansen March 18, 2000

During the last tense years of South Africa rsquo s apartheid regime the University of Notre Dame awarded a number of fellowships to members of the South African clergy to study at the university During their stay they boarded at Moreau Seminary and the halls rang with their laughter Their laug