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December 12, 2005

Vol.193 / No.19
The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 12, 2005

quot But you promised rdquo Most parents have heard this lament from their children more than once A promise is a declaration that something will or will not happen A promise indicates what may be expected A promise demands and elicits trust The Scripture texts for the Fourth Sunday of Adven

Faith in Focus
David J. EndresDecember 12, 2005

This year is the 50th anniversary of the death of Daniel A. Lord, S.J. (1888-1955), one of the best-known American Jesuits of the last century. Though now forgotten by many, Lord was a larger-than-life figure in the seemingly confident, cohesive preconciliar church in America. Catholics, especially


Vatican Document on Homosexuals A long-awaited Vatican document drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals, but in the process raised a series of delicate questions for church leaders and seminary officials. The six- page instruction, prepared by the Congregation for Catholic Educa

Jim McDermottDecember 12, 2005

I spent a night with friends a few weeks ago. It was an education not only in child care (never lift over your head a child who has just eaten), but also in the state of television today. In the movies these days everyone has a 32-inch flat screen television hanging in the living room, and the feng

Ursula KingDecember 12, 2005

Thomas King a professor of theology at Georgetown University has written a fine book deeply rooted in his lifelong meditation on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin his fellow Jesuit whom he approaches above all as a priest and as a scientist with a priestly calling The introduction clearly explains Ki

Sandra ScofieldDecember 12, 2005

My mother, father, little sister and I were living with my widowed grandmother, Frieda Hambleton, in her house in a poor neighborhood of Wichita Falls, Tex. We were crowded, but it was what I had always known, and I was happy. Then she built a house on Grant Street, in the developing part of the cit

Of Many Things
George M. AndersonDecember 12, 2005

The Catholic Worker is just around the corner from my rectory, and ever since I moved to that neighborhood on the Lower East Side, I have felt blessed by the proximity. I should really say Catholic Workers, with an s, because there are actually two Worker communities a stone’s throw from each