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December 20, 2004

Vol.191 / No.20
The Word
Dianne BergantDecember 20, 2004

Family-oriented sitcoms may produce a good laugh but they do not always model healthy relationships They often feature children who regularly outsmart their parents or parents who are preoccupied with their own interests and neglect their children The media even grant awards to programs that hig

Film
Richard A. BlakeDecember 20, 2004

Had I been writing this column 80 years ago, I would probably have lined up with those critics vigorously opposed to the talkies. “Who needs sound?” we might have argued. By the mid-1920’s film had developed into an incredibly sophisticated visual medium. The Russians had mastered

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 20, 2004

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the church salutes the expected Messiah as the Orient from on high (Lk 1:78). The appellation pictures the sun rising from the East to shed its glory on a world enshrouded in darkness. The French term Levant uses the same metaphor to refer to the eastern littoral of the

Books
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 20, 2004

This illuminating and engaging book examines similarities and differences in the techniques employed to interpret the Christian Bible and the Constitution of the United States of America While this is not the only study of its kind I know of no other that is so thorough and by such a distinguished

Avery DullesDecember 20, 2004

Karol Wojtyla has always had a deep eucharistic piety. In 2003 he released his most recent encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, emphasizing the bonds between the Eucharist and the church. Last spring he announced the beginning of a eucharistic year, which began on Oct. 7 and will culminate at the me

The Word
Dianne BergantDecember 20, 2004

During Christmas time we have been attentive to the child born to fulfill the promises made long ago Today we focus on Mary the one from whose flesh the child was fashioned In all the Christmas stories she is silent explaining nothing when visitors come to see the marvels that have taken place

Poetry
William GreenwayDecember 20, 2004

In this game we confess the things