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June 3, 2000

Vol.182 / No.20
The Word
John R. DonahueJune 03, 2000

During the time of theological ferment following the Second Vatican Council I overheard a conversation between two older Jesuits One was upset over reports of new thinking on the Trinity After some time the other said quot Well can you still pray to the Trinity quot The response was quot

Columns
John F. KavanaughJune 03, 2000

If you have seen news articles or television reports on stem cells and the ethical puzzles they present, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. There are at least two things you can be sure of: There will be more wonder, and there will be more fuss. The wonder is related to their origin and thei

Professors Rodney Stark and Roger Finke, who teach sociology at the University of Washington and Purdue University respectively, think the Catholic Church will suffer membership reverses characteristic of mainline Protestant denominations. The two professors offered the following observations on the

Books
Franco MormandoJune 03, 2000

The past as one historian aptly put it has become a quot foreign country quot This is true even of our own Christian past Though much has remained the same much has at the same time changed in the landscape of our faith rendering the Christianity of the past a quot foreign country quot to

Faith in Focus
Michael J. DaleyJune 03, 2000

There are some things that you never forget. For me, it happened after a long day of school. I welcomed the peace and quiet of home, never realizing how ironic that sentiment soon would be. Shortly after arriving, I settled into the couch and snuggled under the increasingly warm blanket for what I t

Edward K. BraxtonJune 03, 2000

One night recently I was visiting with a group of friends and listening to the music of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, John Coltrane and Ray Charles. Our conversation about African-American culture turned to a thought-provoking question: Why do more and more African-Americans reject the c

Of Many Things
John W. DonohueJune 03, 2000

Of course, there were differences of opinion about "Jesus," the two-part movie shown on the CBS-TV network in mid-May. There were intense differences of opinion about the film's hero during his earthly lifetime, and there have been radical differences of opinion ever since he died on a