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December 22, 2003

Vol.189 / No.21
Editorials
The Editors December 22, 2003

As we retell the Bethlehem story each year, its familiarity can obscure one of its most important lessons. We do not celebrate at Christmas some timeless truth or immutable dogma but a particular moment. “A decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was

Letters
Our readers December 22, 2003

False Problems?

Frederick W. Gluck’s article, Crisis Management in the Church (12/1), is flawed by several statements that are not supported by the available data.

The church’s traditional sources of revenues are drying up. Some weeks ago I finished writing a report

Books
Janice Farnham December 22, 2003

Along with Francis of Assisi Th r se of Lisieux ranks among the most venerated and popular Catholic saints and commands an impressive following that includes those with no religious faith or affiliation Th r se rsquo s life writings and reputation have prompted countless works in print rangi

Thomas Bamat December 22, 2003

The wars that have most deeply scarred recent history have not been wars between national states. Internal conflicts killed far more people during the 20th century than international ones like the First and Second World Wars. In a deadly dynamic, government and government-allied forces have wiped ou

The Word
Dianne Bergant December 22, 2003

We have just passed the winter solstice the shortest day of the year We will now enjoy a little more light each day Christmas itself is a feast of lights Trees are brought into homes and made radiant with brilliant lights yards are also illumined In other ways too our lives are aglow with lig

Faith Faith in Focus
James Martin, SJ December 22, 2003

When I think about the Holy Family I remember other holy families as well, the ones who brought me up in the faith, who showed me how to love and who taught me how to celebrate Christmas.

Books
Daniel J. Harrington December 22, 2003

What was going on in the Christian movement between the writing of the New Testament books and the Council of Nicea in A D 325 From well-marketed books and television programs that promise alternative visions of Christianity it seems that in this period there was great diversity in theology and p