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January 19, 2004

Vol.190 / No.2
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJJanuary 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

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

The Word
Dianne BergantJanuary 19, 2004

How can a message that was intended for people who lived thousands of years ago have any meaning for us today Some of the stories in the Bible certainly make exciting action movies but are we expected to live like that To think as they did To cherish the same aspirations Isn rsquo t the newspap

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

Kevin F. BurkeJanuary 19, 2004

ldquo It is obvious that the ecclesiastical ministry in today rsquo s church is in crisis the barque of Peter is in trouble at sea rdquo These words might remind readers of a Boston Globe editorial pronouncing smug judgment on the Catholic Church in the aftermath of the priest sexual abuse scanda

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