February 17, 2003

Vol. 188 No. 5Whole No. 4599

Editorials

Ever-Rising Hunger and Homelessness

Casting a dark look over the past year, and an even darker look at what lies ahead, the U.S.

Articles

Catholics in Political Life
Henry J. Hyde

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, issued on Jan. 16 a document, dated Nov.

Justice and Equality
Robert F. Drinan

The intractable question of allowing affirmative action to be used in the selection of students for college admission will finally be settled by the United States Supreme Court.

Catholic Women Deacons
Phyllis Zagano

The Vatican seems poised to publish a theological investigation into the diaconate that does not look kindly on women deacons.

No to War
John F. Kavanaugh

Perhaps it was just coincidence that on the very day I was fuming about a syndicated column I had just read by George Weigel, I received a plea from a Catholic woman in Canada.

Books and Culture

Books
A World Away
Tom Deignan
Alice McDermott’s fiction (like William Kennedy’s) is to be praised, if for no other reason than that it transcends the tradition of Iris
Books
Not Dead Yet
J. Peter Nixon
A few years ago, the Episcopal bishop of Newark, John Shelby Spong, penned a book entitled Why Christianity Must Change or Die.
Books
A Sacred Trek
Olga Bonfiglio
For an on-the-ground feel for the Holy Land and the high stakes it holds for the world’s three great religions, Judaism, Christianity and
Film
A Liturgy of the Hours
Richard A. Blake
‘Is there any place on campus where they recite the Liturgy of the Hours?” The two undergraduates who popped into the sacristy after one
Television
Reality and Morality
James Martin, SJ
Each day The New York Times, like most newspapers, publishes a television listing that includes a rundown of the day’s movies.

Columns and Departments

The Word
No Problem!
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
Loving the Lady in the Mirror
Lorraine V. Murray
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson
Letters
Letters
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