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March 18, 2000

Vol.182 / No.9
Books
Michael J. KerlinMarch 18, 2000

The Reform of the Papacy is an important book one certain to be controversial within and without the Roman Catholic Church above all controversial within the episcopacy in the United States and abroad To recognize its importance and likely impact requires but a brief consideration of the topic an

John W. DonohueMarch 18, 2000

Bob Chase, president of the country’s largest teachers’ union, the 2.3 million-member National Education Association, has nothing good to say about school vouchers.Mr. Chase occasionally writes brief essays that the N.E.A. inserts as paid advertisements in selected newspapers. In one tha

Editorials
The EditorsMarch 18, 2000

In what may signal a crack in the wall of support for the death penalty, a number of states have begun to question whether it can ever be fairly applied. Illinois provides the most dramatic example. Since 1977, 13 men have been released from its death row. One, Anthony Porter, came within two days o

Letters
Our readersMarch 18, 2000

Chorus of WhinersFirst, it’s the American theologians who are whining over Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Now it’s the turn of the liturgical translators to whine over the intervention of the Congregation for Divine Worship. I’m tired of all this whining against the Vatican, which has become

Robert F. DrinanMarch 18, 2000

Should public high school students be permitted to engage in a public opening prayer before the game of their football team? That question will be resolved in a case accepted by the United States Supreme Court on Nov. 15, 1999 [see editorial, "Public Schools and Religion," 1/15.] The facts

The Word
John R. DonahueMarch 18, 2000

Over 20 years ago I was giving a series of Scripture workshops in South Africa during the worst period of apartheid shortly after the murder of Steve Biko Yet the hope and joy of an oppressed people shone forth in every liturgy and during every occasion when we shared insights on Scripture On my

Television
James Martin, SJMarch 18, 2000

Only last year pundits were pronouncing the sitcom on its last legs. After all, "Seinfeld" and "Home Improvement" were gone, and even popular shows like "Frasier" seemed increasingly tired. (How often can you watch Niles pursue Daphne, Frasier avoid Lilith and Eddie act