October 31, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 13Whole No. 4709

Editorials

Election Reform
Election reform is needed in the United States on several levels, both because of inequities in the present system and because of low voter turnoutone of the lowest in the world.

Articles

Sexuality, Spirituality and the Song of Songs'
Christopher Pramuk

The Song of Songs has long held a privileged place in the mystical theology and monastic tradition of the church.

Parent Power
Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

The 10th annual survey of 12- to 17-year-olds by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) has a loud and clear message: Parents, if you want to raise drug-

Human Rights in Catholic Thought
David Hollenbach

Over the past half-century, hopes that human rights could become truly effective standards of international behavior have risen and fallen like the tides.

Advice and Consent
James F. Gill
Only the President of the United States, according to the U.S. Constitution, can nominate persons to the federal judiciary and appoint such persons, with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Books and Culture

Books
Go and Make Disciples
Walter F. Modrys
A friend reports the story of a woman, widowed from a Catholic husband with two small children.
Books
Man on the Run
Chris Byrd
For its ambitious scope, the grace and beauty of its language and its compelling storytelling, Cormac McCarthy’s Border TrilogyAll the Pr
Books
The Paths Less Trod?
Mark E. Rondeau
Despite its title, this book is not about controversial displays of the Ten Commandments in public buildings.

Columns and Departments

The Word
It's About Time!
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
Challenge and Opportunity
Peter J. Vaghi
Faith in Focus
Wait til Next Year
James N. Gelson
Columns
Wanting It Both Ways
Terry Golway
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson
Letters
Letters