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November 17, 2003

Vol.189 / No.16
Books
Elizabeth A. JohnsonNovember 17, 2003

A recent poll of the 1 800 members of the National Academy of Sciences found that over 90 percent profess to being atheists or agnostics To these learned people the idea of God and the corresponding sense that we live in a meaningful universe is contrary to scientific understanding The combinatio

John F. X. SheehanNovember 17, 2003

In the early 1950’s I mentioned to my Jesuit superiors that I would like to study clinical psychology. Their response (I paraphrase a bit) went something like this: “Good grief! Psychologists are terrible people! They hate the church and we hate them! Besides, priests know all that stuff

The Word
Dianne BergantNovember 17, 2003

Kingship is not very popular today For that matter neither is queenship In a world in which most people favor democratic governance rule by one person can seem to be too close to tyranny for comfort But such rule is not really what today rsquo s feast is about The Gospel tells us that Jesus hi

Film
Richard A. BlakeNovember 17, 2003

The Charles River is English tweed and cappuccino from Starbucks. It splits the twin campuses of Harvard University and hosts the Head of the Charles Regatta, a band shell for the Boston Pops and fireworks on the Fourth of July, marinas for modest but assertively picturesque sailboats and a lovely p

News

Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Called Vital Step’ For NationIn what a U.S. archbishop called a vital step in the right direction for our nation, President George W. Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act into law on Nov. 5 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., attended by many Catholic leader

Books
Richard FuscoNovember 17, 2003

In her preface to Critical Essays on Joyce Carol Oates published 24 years ago the author wrote Once a literary work is published it passes forever out of the private and protective world of the writer rsquo s imagination and out of his or her possession It cannot be reclaimed These passive-voi

George M. AndersonNovember 17, 2003

As secretary general of Caritas Jerusalem, Claudette Habesch sees first hand the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the lives of individual Palestinians and their families. Her organization is a Catholic charity and a member of Caritas International. After speaking at the United Nations I