The National Catholic Review

September 9, 2000

Vol. 183 No. 6Whole No. 4497


Water-Skiing at the North Pole?

Won’t it be fun when we can take gondola rides through downtown Miami and Los Angeles? And will not Eskimos smile when the Yukon River Valley grows cantaloupe for the European Union?


Who's a Catholic to Vote For?
Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

How about the following planks for a political party platform this November:

1. Health care is a fundamental human right to which every American is entitled.

Centering Prayer
Joseph G. Sandman

Who could have predicted 25 years ago, when three Trappist monks from a monastery in Massachusetts introduced contemplative prayer to a group of non-contemplatives, that its popularity would grow s

Books and Culture

What's in a Word?
Thomas Bokenkotter
Reformation? Counter-Reformation? Tridentine Age? Age of Confessionalization? Some of the above? All of the above?
A Writer's Writer Remembers
Ron Hansen
Seven years ago in Acts: A Writer’s Reflections on the Church, Writing, and His Own Life, novelist Larry Woiwode interleaved his i
A Changing Family
Mark S. Massa
I should have been required to read a book like this the summer before I began studying theology for ordination.

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Cost of Discipleship
John R. Donahue
Conventional Gatherings
Thomas J. McCarthy
This years national party meetings displayed poll-itics as usual.
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Dennis M. Linehan
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