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December 19, 2005

Vol.193 / No.20
Claire Schaeffer-DuffyDecember 19, 2005

In Blessed Among All Women Robert Ellsberg publisher of Orbis Books has compiled another unorthodox hagiography The book records the lives of 136 holy women Their stories eloquently told in short entries are grouped according to the virtues of the Beatitudes an arrangement that reflects Ells


Vatican Condemns Regrettable Incidents’: Attacks on Nuns, Arrests of Priests in China The Vatican has condemned two regrettable incidents in Chinathe beating of several nuns and the continued arrests of underground Catholic priests. The violence used against several defenseless religious women

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 19, 2005

In recent years there has been a lively controversy about ldquo de-Christianizing rdquo Christmas We all now speak vaguely about ldquo the holidays rdquo In some circles the greeting ldquo Merry Christmas rdquo has become forbidden speech Whether one regards this debate as serious or silly

Andrew SzebenyiDecember 19, 2005

It is amazing how many people are trying to find problems where there aren’t any. The culprits are prejudice and ignorance. Of course, nobody likes to be called prejudiced or ignorant, especially if it may be true. The creation- versus-evolution controversy is loaded with confusion caused by t

The EditorsDecember 19, 2005

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently offering an exhibition of the work of Fra Angelico (1390/95-1455), one of the most extraordinary artists of the early Italian Renaissance period. His vibrantly hued, finely detailed images of saints, angels and the Holy Family conjure wonder and emanate pe

John C. EndresDecember 19, 2005

With good reason Steven McKenzie worries that many modern men and women misunderstand the Bible There is confusion between biblical and scientific approaches to creation and a misguided recourse to biblical apocalyptic frequently in fundamentalist circles but not limited to them McKenzie prof

Franco MormandoDecember 19, 2005

"I, for my part, can truthfully say that whenever I see this painting, it seems to be for the first time, and that I can never have my fill of it.” Thus wrote Giorgio Vasari, known as the father of art history, in 1550 about “The Coronation of the Virgin” (ca. 1450) by Fra Ang