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May 20, 2000

Vol.182 / No.18
The Word
John R. Donahue May 20, 2000

Three years ago Nothing Sacred a warm and sympathetic television series about the lives of priests religious and people in an urban parish was canceled near the end of its first season Various reasons were bandied aboutbroadsides from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights overly so

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ May 20, 2000

Every time I see a movie (which is a lot) and a priest or a nun appears on screen (which is not a lot) I steel myself for the worst. Though directors, screenwriters and actors have of late been able to furnish moviegoers with convincing portrayals of, among other difficult subjects, middle-aged toba

David E. Nantais May 20, 2000

Making cookies, spending long nights in the local hospital emergency room and giving relationship advicewhen I joined the Jesuits five years ago, I would have never guessed that these tasks would one day comprise my job description. As I conclude an academic year living as a residence hall chaplain

Gerald T. Cobb May 20, 2000

Samuel Clemens rsquo s birth in 1835 and his death in 1910 coincided with successive appearances of Halley rsquo s comet providing an apt image for the periodic reappearance of Mark Twain on the U S literary cultural horizon Two recent books on Clemens adopt different approaches in order to provi

Thomas J. McCarthy May 20, 2000

Jesuit education fomented in me a rebellious mind and spirit. It forever altered my frame of reference: introducing a Catholic boy who lived safe in the knowledge of good and evil to a catholic worldview that held that all things are gifts from God, and transforming a basically docile open-mindednes

The Word
John R. Donahue May 20, 2000

Today rsquo s feast follows the Lukan picture of the exaltation of Jesus Only Luke has a 40-day schema followed by Pentecost and while the day is called the Ascension of the Lord the focus of the readings is on the exaltation of Jesus who commissions his followers to carry on his mission The ch


New York Says Goodbye To Cardinal O’ConnorThousands filled St. Patrick’s Cathedral for one service after another as New Yorkers said their final goodbyes to Cardinal John J. O’Connor. The 80-year-old cardinal, who died on May 3 after an eight-month battle with cancer, was archbisho