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December 3, 2007

Vol.197 / No.18
Current Comment
The Editors December 03, 2007

No News... When Pope Benedict allowed wider use of the Latin Mass last July, he explained that he did not expect as a result any extensive return to the Tridentine rite. Rather, he said, he intended to heal rifts with traditionalist groups and allow young people attracted to the rite to experience i

Faith in Focus
Leo J. ODonovan December 03, 2007

In late August a group of theologians gathered at America House in New York to celebrate a colleague and friend who was retiring from his position as vice president and senior editor at Continuum International publishers. He edited some of us first in the early 1980s, others in the 90s, and several

Books
Bill Williams December 03, 2007

In his provocative new book The Stillborn God the historian Mark Lilla tackles the centuries-old debate about the nexus between politics and religion After 1 500 years during which religion and government were inextricably intertwined political philosophers began to question the wisdom of that

Columns
Margaret Silf December 03, 2007

In the beginning, God ran the grains of the embryonic earth through creating fingers and dreamed a dream: that every one of these grains might become, in Gods love and power, a being capable of reflecting something of the mystery from which it springs; that each grain might become what it is destine

Poem
Leonard J. Cirino December 03, 2007

To Leonard, few of the secrets are given.

The Word
Daniel J. Harrington December 03, 2007

The Scripture readings for Advent promote a promise-and-fulfillment approach to the Bible Most Christians view the Old Testament readings as divine promises that have been fulfilled in Jesus Almost every official Catholic document on biblical interpretation including the Second Vatican Councils D

Faith in Focus
James Massa December 03, 2007

A report from an ecumenical congress in Europe