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May 13, 2000

Vol.182 / No.17
Editorials
The EditorsMay 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 readersMay 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. GulaMay 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. KavanaughMay 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

David S. ToolanMay 13, 2000

The first big surprise on landing in Havana, Cuba, is the magnificent new José Martí International Airport. You’ve heard all the stories about the collapse of the island’s economy after the Soviet Union abandoned subsidies in 1989, and how since then, with the tightening of the U.S. em

Of Many Things
Thomas J. ReeseMay 13, 2000

The death of cardinal John O’Connor of New York on May 3 marks the end of an era in the American Catholic Church. Without question, he was the most powerful American cardinal of his generation. New York makes a bully pulpit for any archbishop with talent and chutzpah, and Cardinal O’Conn