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March 19, 2001

Vol.184 / No.9
Letters
Our readersMarch 19, 2001

From the President of Bethlehem University

I read with great interest your editorial Saying No to Israel (3/5). It is not clear that such enormous amounts of aid to Israel benefit the security of anyone in the areaPalestinians or Israelis. A just and honorable peace is the only

Books
John B. BreslinMarch 19, 2001

Reading Mark Salzman rsquo s spare astringent novella about the struggles of a cloistered Carmelite nun inevitably reminds one of Ron Hansen rsquo s contemporary masterpiece Mariette in Ecstasy Sister John of the Cross is decades older than Hansen rsquo s teenage novice and has lived in the conv

Anthony EganMarch 19, 2001

Nine years ago, amid higher levels of political violence than had ever occurred before, white South Africans went to the polls. This was not an election but a referendum: should the negotiation process initiated in February 1990 continue? The result was an overwhelming yes. Somehow we realized that

Of Many Things
Thomas J. ReeseMarch 19, 2001

Pope John Paul II has surprised everyone by announcing an extraordinary consistory for May 21-24. This will be the sixth extraordinary consistory since John Paul resurrected this governmental structure in 1979. In an extraordinary consistory, the pope invites all of the cardinals (even those over 80

Stanislaw ObirekMarch 19, 2001

The re-election in October of a former Communist, Aleksander Kwasniewski, to a five-year term as president of Poland should be a lesson to the Polish church, according to Stanislaw Obirek, S.J., editor of the Polish review of spirituality, Zycie Duchowe. For me and others, Father Obirek said, that w

Books
George M. AndersonMarch 19, 2001

In The Soul Knows No Bars Drew Ledera professor of Eastern and Western philosophy at Loyola College in Marylanddescribes his experience as a teacher at the Maryland Penitentiary in Baltimore Others involved in prison education have also written of their on-site work but this is a very different t

Michael G. LawlerMarch 19, 2001

Marriage is in the news these days, but for mostly negative reasons. The first type of union for the majority of couples is now not marriage but cohabitation; young people are delaying both marriage and, when married, parenthood; the divorce rate hovers around its all-time high; and the birth of chi