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January 19, 2004

Vol. 190 / No. 2

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Walter E. GrazerJanuary 19, 2004

A new and distinctively Catholic voice on environmental issues has evolved over the last decade. It links traditional church teaching on creation, the common good, social justice and stewardship to major environmental challenges. This often overlooked development is found in initiatives in parishes,

Nathan D. MitchellJanuary 19, 2004

A person’s first or last words are often the stuff of legend, and because their art makes speech memorable, poets seem especially sensitive to overtures and finales. Dante’s Divine Comedy, for instance, leaves us looking at the stars: each of the epic’s three canticles ends with th

John F. KavanaughJanuary 19, 2004

I was hoping to publish a New York Times best seller this year, but now I’m too late to get it out in time for the presidential campaign. I had the title and everything: Rush Limbaugh, Hillary Clinton, Bill O’Reilly, Teddy Kennedy, George Bush and the Lying Idiots Who Hate Them. The pros

Of Many Things
James Martin, S.J.January 19, 2004

On the day after Thanksgiving, I attended the 25th reunion of my high school class and experienced something quite unexpected. Actually, I almost didn’t go. Though I am in touch with most of my good friends from high school, many have moved away and were not planning to attend. Another friend

Our readersJanuary 19, 2004

Sustaining Life

The commentary by John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Food for Terri Schiavo (11/24), was right on the mark. As a permanent deacon, a medical oncologist and a father of four, I applaud his clear and cogent discussion of the issues involved.

Why must our society confront

The EditorsJanuary 19, 2004

The founding fathers took international law very seriously. In the U.S. Constitution, treaties, along with federal laws, are declared to be “the supreme Law of the Land.” In addition, the Judiciary Act of 1789 provided that foreigners could bring suit in U.S. district courts for torts co

Kelly CherryJanuary 19, 2004

Most of the time we think of the novel as a temporal art form Like music it begins and ends traversing the time between by way of a plot the plot determined to a degree by the characters whose fates are bound up with it But perhaps we can think of another kind of novel one that in emphasis at