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March 29, 2004

Vol.190 / No.11
Books
Kevin P. Quinn March 29, 2004

The confluence of advances in human genetics and reproductive science has resulted in the ability to design babies ldquo Designing babies rdquo is an imprecise term used by journalists and commentators mdash not by scientists mdash to describe several different reproductive technologies that have

Russell Shaw March 29, 2004

Despite all the talk about a vocation shortage, there is in fact no such thing in the Catholic Church. The real shortage is that of vocational discernment, and that is a very different problem. The shortfall in the number of candidates for the priesthood, the consecrated life and other forms of Chri

Of Many Things
James T. Keane March 29, 2004

As letters to America go, this one was nothing special. A Catholic physician had written to argue for a married Catholic clergy, listing a number of familiar arguments, including the superior ability of married Protestant ministers to relate to their congregations, the equivocal witness of early chu

James M. Schellman March 29, 2004

Roman Catholics have not generally been thought of as people of the word, that is, of the Bible. This has been considered one of the dividing lines between Catholics and other Christians for nearly 500 years. The past 30-some years, however, have witnessed a sea change in biblical familiarity among

Columns
Terry Golway March 29, 2004

Given the culture of grievance that seems to dominate so much historical writing these days, it is surprising how infrequently the catalogers of complaint see fit to mention the Know-Nothing movement in the United States in the 19th century. Even when the Know-Nothings merit a citation in textbooks,

Books
John W. OMalley March 29, 2004

When the second edition of Thomas Bokenkotter rsquo s book appeared in 1990 the publisher boasted that over 125 000 copies were already in circulation Tens of thousands more have surely been sold in the meantime That fact alone testifies to the merits of the book and the need it has filled This

Gary Smith March 29, 2004

Every night about 11:00 P.M., after four hours of more or less continued operation, the electric power goes out in Adjumani, Uganda. The night becomes black, dotted with a kerosene lamp here and there and maybe a rare solar-powered lamp. It is a small town of a few thousand people, a northern point