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December 20, 2004

Vol.191 / No.20
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

News

Record Abuse Settlement Reached in CaliforniaThe Diocese of Orange, Calif., reached a reportedly record-breaking financial settlement with 87 alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse on Dec. 2. Judge Owen Lee Kwong, who oversaw the settlement, ordered participants on both sides not to discuss details,

Books
Rachelle LinnerDecember 20, 2004

In Wonderful and Dark Is This Road Emilie Griffin the respected author or co-editor of 14 books including Turning Reflections on the Experience of Conversion and Clinging The Experience of Prayer has written in a comfortably ruminative tone an accessible introduction to mysticism Griffin ha

Terry Joyce DarkenDecember 20, 2004

The image of the Christ Child wrapped in swaddling clothes in the straw-filled manger surrounded by nodding donkeys and loving, weary parents is so familiar to us, it is as though we were eyewitnesses of the birth. We have read and heard the story again and again as part of our core faith tradition