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May 13, 2000

Vol.182 / No.17
The Word
John R. DonahueMay 13, 2000

Frequent question these days is Just what does it mean to be a Christian The readings this Sunday and next provide a powerful answer The Gospels taken from John 15 use the symbol of the vine and the branches to describe the intimate union between Christ and the believer This begins with God rs

Television
James Martin, SJMay 13, 2000

Woe to those who produce Jesus movies, for their worries will be many. The first task of a producer is to cast a credible Jesus. Such an actor must look at least something like the Everyman edition of Jesus: big, mysterious eyes, brown hair and full beard (with the notable exception of Willem Dafoe

Editorials
The EditorsMay 13, 2000

"Religious liberty is at the very heart of human rights, making the other personal and collective liberties possible," Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, the Vatican’s Permanent Observer at the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, said on April 8 in an address to the members.

Letters
Our readersMay 13, 2000

Secret BlessingThe article by John O’Malley, S.J., (4/8) gives rise to the hope that our best kept secretthat the church is an institution that lives in history and has changed - will finally be appreciated. What a blessing a dedicated church historian is.Thomas A. ShannonWorcester, Mass.None

Books
Richard M. GulaMay 13, 2000

Developments in Catholic theology during the second half of the 20th century have not always found their way into the standard curriculum of our schools and colleges Ethics education has especially suffered This book is an attempt to rectify that Edited by Judith A Dwyer executive vice president

John F. KavanaughMay 13, 2000

I have resisted writing about the Elián González story for four months. Maybe it was the disproportionate amount of attention given to one child in the sea of this world’s suffering. I bristled with the thought that we have little concern for the kids of Iraq, the children of Haiti or the po

David S. ToolanMay 13, 2000

The first big surprise on landing in Havana, Cuba, is the magnificent new José Martí International Airport. You’ve heard all the stories about the collapse of the island’s economy after the Soviet Union abandoned subsidies in 1989, and how since then, with the tightening of the U.S. em