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January 29, 2007

Vol.196 / No.3
Books
John B. BreslinJanuary 29, 2007

Postapocalyptic novels were once popular back in the last millennium when we all worried about the Bomb and what it might do to us Nevil Shute an Australian novelist delivered himself of quite a successful one On the Beach that later was translated to the screen and did its best to present th

Blase J. CupichJanuary 29, 2007

Is the right to life unconditional in all circumstances, or can it be forfeited by criminal behavior or advancing age? Proponents of a South Dakota law banning all abortion except to save a mother’s life forcefully argued that the right to life is universal and God-given. The statute they supp

Current Comment
The EditorsJanuary 29, 2007

The Baghdad ExecutionsThe execution of Saddam Hussein by hanging on Dec. 30, followed two weeks later by the hanging of his half-brother, Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, former head of Saddam’s secret police, and Awad Hamad al-Bandar, the chief judge of Saddam’s revolutionary court, made a m

Books

Two societiesIsraeli and Palestiniancoexist in one land Revered as holy land by Jews Christians and Muslims this special space has for decades been cursed by outrageous violence The present moment is a terrible one for both societies For this very reason conversation between the contending par

Columns
Margaret SilfJanuary 29, 2007

The starlight had dimmed. The magic of the Magi had dissolved into the gray of a January work week. And it had been a long week. I was feeling quite tired as I climbed into the taxi that would take me on the first stage of my journey home from the retreat house where I had been working. I was also a

The Word
Daniel J. HarringtonJanuary 29, 2007

Christian spirituality is discipleship that is a positive response to the call of Jesus despite or even because of our personal unworthiness In answering this call we have the examples of Simon Peter and other biblical figures like Isaiah and Paul who are led by the Holy Spirit Today rsquo s