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February 4, 2002

Vol.186 / No.3
News

Marchers Come to Washington to Tell The Truth About Abortion’In the shadow of the Washington Monument, tens of thousands of marchers gathered to hear a diverse collection of political and religious leaders speak about one goal. We are here to tell America the truth about abortion, said Nellie

Books
Thomas F. Field February 04, 2002

Though it has its flaws this book should nevertheless be read and pondered by every Catholic educator It is flawed because it fails to overcome the limitations of the sociological genre Despite that it is important reading because it is faithful both to church teaching and to the testimony of th

Letters
Our readers February 04, 2002

Better Preaching

I would like to participate in the discussion regarding the preaching in our parishes after the events of Sept. 11 (Letters, 11/26/01). I was not scheduled to preach on the Sunday immediately following the tragedy. I did preach on the Sunday following that with

The Word
John R. Donahue February 04, 2002

As a newly ordained priest I was working with a military chaplain at a base in Germany As we prepared for Ash Wednesday he told me not to distribute the ashes after the homily the usual time but to wait until the end of Mass In his experience great numbers would come to church simply for the as

Dean Bechard February 04, 2002

On Oct. 30, 2002, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, established by Pope Leo XIII at the very end of his unexpectedly long pontificate, will be 100 years old. Though probably few Catholics have ever heard of this commission, its importance in promoting a deeper understanding of the Bible within the

Of Many Things
George M. Anderson February 04, 2002

How do you go about learning Spanish in New York City if you live in a parish where most parishioners speak only that language? The question led me to enroll in a solidly useful program sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York. It meets three hours each week, and though far from fluency, I now manag

Books
Terrence E. Dempsey February 04, 2002

In January 2000 the Smithsonian American Art Museum until recently known as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art closed until 2004 for major renovations to its home in the historic Old Patent Office Building in Washington D C Instead of storing all of its collection in vaults inaccessible to