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May 13, 2000

Vol.182 / No.17
News
Jorge A. Card May 13, 2000

In the March 4 issue of America His Excellency, Bishop Donald Trautman, offered certain reflections regarding a letter that I had sent on October 26 of last year to His Excellency, Bishop Maurice Taylor, in his capacity as Chairman of the Mixed Commission for English-language liturgical translations

The Word
John R. Donahue May 13, 2000

Frequent question these days is Just what does it mean to be a Christian The readings this Sunday and next provide a powerful answer The Gospels taken from John 15 use the symbol of the vine and the branches to describe the intimate union between Christ and the believer This begins with God rs

Television
James Martin, SJ May 13, 2000

Woe to those who produce Jesus movies, for their worries will be many. The first task of a producer is to cast a credible Jesus. Such an actor must look at least something like the Everyman edition of Jesus: big, mysterious eyes, brown hair and full beard (with the notable exception of Willem Dafoe

Editorials
The Editors May 13, 2000

"Religious liberty is at the very heart of human rights, making the other personal and collective liberties possible," Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, the Vatican’s Permanent Observer at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, said on April 8 in an address to the members.

Letters
Our readers May 13, 2000

Secret BlessingThe article by John O’Malley, S.J., (4/8) gives rise to the hope that our best kept secretthat the church is an institution that lives in history and has changed - will finally be appreciated. What a blessing a dedicated church historian is.Thomas A. ShannonWorcester, Mass.None

Books
Richard M. Gula May 13, 2000

Developments in Catholic theology during the second half of the 20th century have not always found their way into the standard curriculum of our schools and colleges Ethics education has especially suffered This book is an attempt to rectify that Edited by Judith A Dwyer executive vice president

John F. Kavanaugh May 13, 2000

I have resisted writing about the Elián González story for four months. Maybe it was the disproportionate amount of attention given to one child in the sea of this world’s suffering. I bristled with the thought that we have little concern for the kids of Iraq, the children of Haiti or the po