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March 29, 2004

Vol.190 / No.11
The Word
Dianne BergantMarch 29, 2004

For months now we have been inundated with pictures of a bloodied Jesus Without in any way dismissing the concerns raised by this media event it should be pointed out that the scriptural Passion texts do not concentrate on the details of Jesus rsquo suffering In fact there are only three brief

Matthew J. BarrettMarch 29, 2004

Taxes and tax collectors have been around in one form or another for most of human history. Tax collectors appear in many of the Gospel stories, and the Evangelist Matthew was himself a tax man. Many American Catholics may not realize it, but their bishops are often tax collectors too, regularly lev

News

Keeler Prays With Victims at Day of AtonementIn a day designed to bring healing and promote understanding, Cardinal William H. Keeler of Baltimore prayed with the victims of clerical sexual abuse during a day of atonement on March 7, asking the survivors to forgive the church for the sins it had com

Books
Kevin P. QuinnMarch 29, 2004

The confluence of advances in human genetics and reproductive science has resulted in the ability to design babies ldquo Designing babies rdquo is an imprecise term used by journalists and commentators mdash not by scientists mdash to describe several different reproductive technologies that have

Russell ShawMarch 29, 2004

Despite all the talk about a vocation shortage, there is in fact no such thing in the Catholic Church. The real shortage is that of vocational discernment, and that is a very different problem. The shortfall in the number of candidates for the priesthood, the consecrated life and other forms of Chri

Of Many Things
James T. KeaneMarch 29, 2004

As letters to America go, this one was nothing special. A Catholic physician had written to argue for a married Catholic clergy, listing a number of familiar arguments, including the superior ability of married Protestant ministers to relate to their congregations, the equivocal witness of early chu

James M. SchellmanMarch 29, 2004

Roman Catholics have not generally been thought of as people of the word, that is, of the Bible. This has been considered one of the dividing lines between Catholics and other Christians for nearly 500 years. The past 30-some years, however, have witnessed a sea change in biblical familiarity among