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December 9, 2000

Vol.183 / No.19
G. Wayne BarrDecember 09, 2000

Is there anything more central to our existence than hope? And when it is denied, is there anything more disheartening? There is a poignant moment in Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man when the nameless black narrator realizes he is bereft of hope: I am invisible, understand, simply because p

Books
Andrew M. GreeleyDecember 09, 2000

In this the third and presumably final volume of his Agnes Browne trilogy Brendan O rsquo Carroll sends poor Agnes off to heaven at the relatively young age of 60 All her living children and grandchildren are around including a son with whom she is reconciled at the last possible second Agnes h

News

Bishops Join Death Penalty Moratorium Appeal to ClintonThe president of the U.S. bishops’ conference and the chairman of its Domestic Policy Committee are among 40 prominent Americans who have asked President Clinton to declare a moratorium on federal executions. The first execution since 1963

M. Cathleen KavenyDecember 09, 2000

It seems as if every complicated moral issue sooner or later becomes a legal issue, at least in the United States. Consider, for example, the recent tobacco litigation. The moral question is whether tobacco companies should profit by selling such a dangerous product. This moral question immediately

Film
Richard A. BlakeDecember 09, 2000

Road maps provide a wonderful metaphor for life. The thick double line of the Interstate marks the quickest, most direct route to our destination, but a nearly infinite number of blue and red side roads offer unimagined possibilities. By choosing the safe, direct route, we miss a great many of life

George M. AndersonDecember 09, 2000

While the number of refugees who are residing in a foreign country dropped worldwide in the 1990’s, during the same period civil wars, government repression and other forms of social violence led to a dramatic increase in the number of persons displaced within their own countries. In Sudan alo