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December 16, 2000

Vol.183 / No.20

December 16, 2000

John F. KavanaughDecember 16, 2000

When I was a Jesuit scholastic teaching ethics at Rockhurst College (now Rockhurst University) in Kansas City over 30 years ago, a student presented me with a Yuletide advertisement for a new credit card. Its headline: What Gives? Mastercharge. I had spent a class analyzing ads, commenting on the co

Michael HoutDecember 16, 2000

Last July 6 the Vatican once again reaffirmed the church’s rule that prohibits divorced Catholics from receiving Communion if they have remarried while bound by a valid previous marriage. The declaration no doubt disappointed divorced Catholics who hope to remarry one day. With half of America

Joan AckerDecember 16, 2000

The jubilee year dawned with the publication of the second U. S. edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Regrettably it continues to treat early Genesis accounts in a Tridentine fundamentalist light, completely avoiding any references to modern biblical exegesis or evolution. Its failure to

Of Many Things
James Martin, S.J.December 16, 2000

One thing that no one told me before ordination was that I would start having what a Jesuit friend refers to as Mass nightmares.Mass nightmares are similar to the dreams everyone seems to experience during school years, and sometimes beyond. For example: you’re sitting unsuspectingly in a clas

Our readersDecember 16, 2000

Faith on the EarthThe Rev. Donald Cozzens’s excellent article (11/4) points out that forces and factors are both pushing and pulling at today’s priests. True. But it seems to me that the various stresses confronting today’s priests may correctly be condensed into one single urgency

The EditorsDecember 16, 2000

The percentage of Americans living in poverty is the lowest it has been in over 20 years. Nevertheless, over against this positive news is the fact that a sixth of the nation’s children remain poor. Indeed, the Census Bureau has reported that poverty among children has actually deepened—

Aldo ScaglioneDecember 16, 2000

This volume presents the lectures of a seminar held at Fordham University rsquo s Graduate School of Education in 1999 a year that spawned several events celebrating the centennial of the Ratio Studiorum the program of the Society of Jesus for all its schools in 72 countries over the course of fou