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December 13, 2004

Vol.191 / No.19
The EditorsDecember 13, 2004

Out today, back behind bars tomorrow: high rates of recidivism remain one of the most troubling aspects of our criminal justice system. Referring to released prisoners, President George W. Bush noted in his State of the Union speech in 2004 that we know from long experience that if they can’t

John P. GalvinDecember 13, 2004

Robert Krieg professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame is the author of several studies of 20th-century German Catholic theologians In the work under review he examines the widely varying stances taken toward Nazism by selected Catholic theologians in Hitler rsquo s Germany His seco

Michael D. PlaceDecember 13, 2004

Four years ago, after the newly elected President George W. Bush’s inaugural address, 40 million people were without health care coverage in our nation. At that time, the Catholic Health Association of the United States called for a series of reforms and a sharing of responsibility for health

The Word
Dianne BergantDecember 13, 2004

The Advent hymn ldquo O Come O Come Emmanuel rdquo is a song of longing and profound faith But who is Emmanuel Today rsquo s Gospel tells us that the word Emmanuel means ldquo with us is God rdquo and it implies that the child born of Mary is this Emmanuel But what of the child in the firs

Our readersDecember 13, 2004

Welcome Advance

Brian D. Scanlan’s forthright account (11/1) of wholesome boyhood experiences in the company of an aging priest was a welcome relief from the depressing lore we have painfully endured regarding boy-priest relationships these past years. His memories do not clamor for


Ukrainian Catholic Leaders Back Opposition, Speak of Electoral FraudUkrainian Catholic leaders backed opposition protests and said the presidential elections on Nov. 21 were marked by fraud. They also urged the government to avoid violence as hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians took to the streets o

Robert F. WalchDecember 13, 2004

A pioneering 20th-century stage and opera director Margaret Webster challenged not only stage tradition but also mainstream attitudes toward professional women A creative force in the United States and Great Britain Webster is credited with bringing Shakespeare to Broadway Her bold casting of Pau