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December 23, 2002

Vol.187 / No.21

December 23, 2002

Drew ChristiansenDecember 23, 2002

Beatitude, the al-Aqsa intifada has gone on now for more than two years. In September you declared it has been “a catastrophe” for the Palestinian people. What did you mean? The conditions of life imposed by the Israeli military are simply inhuman. The whole population, more than th

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJDecember 23, 2002

One benefit of taking a vow of poverty is that it greatly simplifies Christmas shopping. I realized this during my first year as a Jesuit novice, when our monthly stipend (or personalia, in Jesuit lingo) was set at $35. That year my family and friends, who had long been used to receiving numerous gi

Letters
Our readersDecember 23, 2002

Broader Context

Thanks for your forthright editorial regarding Ordaining Gay Men (11/11). In the broader context of today’s church, I would add married men to your conclusion. Preventing the ordination of gay and married men would deprive the church of many productive, hard

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 23, 2002

The Christmas celebration in Bethlehem will be muted this year. Few pilgrims are expected. Since the 40-day occupation and siege of the Church of the Nativity last April, Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah told America, the Christians of Palestine feel abandoned by the world (see the interview in this is

Books
Terrence E. DempseyDecember 23, 2002

The exhibition ldquo Icons or Portraits Images of Jesus and Mary from the Collection of Michael Hall rdquo recently closed at the Gallery of the American Bible Society in New York City The exhibition was one of New York rsquo s hidden treasures and those fortunate enough to have seen it will ha

Books
John B. BreslinDecember 23, 2002

Sebastian Barry first made his mark as a writer with The Steward of Christendom a play about his grandfather who rose from the ranks to become a superintendent of the Irish police force in Dublin under British rule but quickly fell into disrepute and dejection with its passing It made the rounds

Poetry
Paul MarianiDecember 23, 2002

How shall I approach you, Joseph, you, the shadow