Cover Image

December 11, 2006

Vol.195 / No.19
The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonDecember 11, 2006

Fidelity involves belief in something and trust in someone Many people today find it difficult to be faithful to anyone or anything One cannot be faithful in a moral and personal vacuum Those who live for the moment cannot understand the biblical concept of fidelity which is first and foremost f

Poetry
Brad ReynoldsDecember 11, 2006

Because Christmas is almost here

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 11, 2006

"We can’t pull out; we can’t win. Like a tar pit, Iraq has trapped the United States. If American troops remain there, few observers expect things to get better; and they may well grow worse. If the troops pull out, problems will certainly worsen for nearly everyone: for Iraqis abov

Film
John P. McCarthyDecember 11, 2006

The idea that Hollywood has found religion gets a boost from The Nativity Story, touted by its distributor, New Line Cinema, as the first-ever major motion picture devoted to the story of Jesus’ birth. Whether or not that claim is true, the movie is the best example of the recent rapprochement

Books
Lisa Sowle CahillDecember 11, 2006

This long-awaited work by America rsquo s leading Catholic feminist theological ethicist Margaret A Farley is the product of years of experience reflection scholarship and wisdom Just Love is decisively shaped by Farley rsquo s longstanding interests in the sexual equality of women and men an

Elizabeth KolbertDecember 11, 2006

As a reporter you have gone from covering New York politics to global warming. Is it fair to say you’ve moved from one disaster to another?That’s not a bad way of putting it. In covering both I’ve seen people look some fairly obvious truths right in the face and dance around them.

Of Many Things
James Martin, SJDecember 11, 2006

"July," said my sister, Carolyn. And I was amazed. "This year we got our first Christmas catalogue in the mail in July," she said. It was from Lands’ End. Even though Carolyn was driving the car and I was sitting next to her, I knew without looking that we were rolling our