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December 2, 2000

Vol.183 / No.18
Valerie SchultzDecember 02, 2000

At age nine, I had an epiphany. I was watching my parents holding hands as we walked across a parking lot after a football game. It was late afternoon, and they were in front of me, their silhouettes tilted toward each other intimately. It was a jolt: the first time I perceived them as something sep

Books
John J. SavantDecember 02, 2000

In the first few decades of the 20th century a remarkable number of English writers chose to become Roman Catholics Joseph Pearce who has written biographies of G K Chesterton and J R R Tolkien traces this phenomenon in Literary Converts a book that is not so much a study of theology or li

Dr. Daniel P. SulmasyDecember 02, 2000

In September, news reports from England described yet another medical tragedy, complicated once more by the additional burdens of decision-making that medical technology now imposes on us. Congenitally joined (Siamese) twins were born on Aug. 8 in Manchester, sharing one heart and one set of lungs b

Of Many Things
David S. ToolanDecember 02, 2000

The best show in New York City is not on Broadway. It’s the spectacular three-dimensional film Passport to the Universe at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a surreal sphere-inside-glass cube recently erected behind Manhattan’s crusty old American Museum of Natural History.You take th

News

McCarrick to WashingtonArchbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N.J., was appointed archbishop of Washington to succeed Cardinal James A. Hickey. McCarrick is known as an excellent fund-raiser and spokesman for the bishops on domestic and international justice and peace issues. He is fluent in Sp

Books
Charles R. MorrisDecember 02, 2000

Bertrand Russell once remarked that intellectuals like savages are apt to imagine magical connections between words and things Diane Ravitch rsquo s history of American school reform is a depressing demonstration of the truth in Russell rsquo s quip Left Back is a chronicle of the idiocies visit

Letters
Our readersDecember 02, 2000

Chalices and ChairsLet me see if I have this right: According to the lead item in Signs of the Times (11/4), someone in the Vatican, honoring the ancient tradition of not allowing the laity to get too persnickety, decided that extraordinary ministers, after 20 years of doing so, may no longer purify