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December 23, 2002

Vol.187 / No.21
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

The Word
Dianne BergantDecember 23, 2002

Today we seem deluged with reports of anger abuse and even murder at the hand of a family member Spouses are not attentive to each other parents neglect children and children disregard elders It is time to return to good oldfashioned family values But just what constitutes good old-fashioned f

Drew Christiansen, S.J.December 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


Review Board to Interview Bishops on Scope of ScandalA subcommittee of the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board on clergy sexual abuse will begin interviewing bishops, archbishops and cardinals in an effort to understand the scope of the abuse scandal. A statement on Dec. 6 from the attorney Ro

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

Terry GolwayDecember 23, 2002

Have you seen the nation’s latest status symbol on wheels? You may have, but you perhaps didn’t recognize its significance. You simply may have thought, as I did, how odd it is to see a military vehicle painted yellow, operated by a civilian and patrolling your local mall’s parking

The Word
Dianne BergantDecember 23, 2002

Is it over yet Are the carols gone from the air waves Have the stores dismantled their decorations Has Christmas been put away to make room for Valentine rsquo s Day It always happens so fast We waited and waited for Christmas and then it came and went in a flash But it did not happen like th