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Articles from Vol. 65, No. 1, January

Acting on Faith
Many Catholic actors say their love of the stage started early--glimpsed in the artistry and transformingpower of Sunday liturgy. But their faith plays a more complex role today, sustaining them when the very possibility of "making it"as an actor is...
Catholic Tastes
FROM SPIT TO HOLY WATER The Cleveland Indians' second baseman Roberto Alomar, who became infamous three years ago for spitting in umpire John Hirschbeck's face, made up with the umpire last September. Back in 1996 Alomar not only spit in Hirschbeck's...
Feedback
Q: If you were in charge of U.S. military and diplomatic action, what would you do about Saddam Hussein and his probable buildup of weapons of mass destruction? Use only diplomatic action. Father Joe Galic Bethlehem, Penn. Strengthen the United...
Getting to Know Paul
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW FATHER JOSEPH FITZMYER, S.J. What was it that Saint Paul preached that attracted so many to embrace the early Christian faith? Sitting in a pew in the third millennium, it can be hard to grasp what meaning Paul loaded into...
Letters
Who belongs at the funeral? THOMAS LYNCH HAS IT RIGHT WHEN HE SAYS THAT SOMEthing is "missing from today's tidy little `memorial services' and closed-casket rituals" ("You should show up for your own funeral," November Sounding Board). To downplay...
McCORMICK'S QUICK TAKES
Insomnia (First Run, 1998) The ironic problem for police investigator Jonas Engstrom (Stellan Skarsgard) is that he's stuck in an edgy film noir in which there is no dark place to hide--or sleep. Engstrom makes a deadly mistake early in Erik Skjoldbjaerg's...
Odds & Ends
This past year has been Dickensian--the best of times and the worst of times--for the late Eugenio Pacelli, a.k.a. Pope Pius XII. Within the Vatican, plans for his beatification continue hell-bent. Outside the Vatican, debate proceeds about the integrity...
Politicians Shouldn't Play the Holy Card
Candidates should stop running on their religious beliefs. THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN POLITICS AND RELIgion in American history has always, to understate a bit, been interesting. It began when various Europeans arrived on our shores ready, willing,...
Sarah Laughed
"NOW ABRAHAM AND SARAH WERE OLD, WELL ON in years, and Sarah had ceased to have her monthly periods. So Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, `Now that I am past the age of childbearing, and my husband is an old man, is pleasure to come my way again?'"...
The Common Cup
Wake up and smell the miraculous cups of church coffee. OUR WEEKLY MASS HERE IN OREGON CONCLUDES, as many do in America, with personal remarks from the pastor and then a last blessing and a cheerful final song and procession down the aisle and then...
Top These Lists
The media have been busy reporting the compilation of lists marking the end of the century and the millennium. Not to be left out, the religion world has also waded into this flurry of list-making. During last October's Special Synod of Bishops...
Unnatural Selection
How biotechnology is redesigning humanity Father Kevin FitzGerald, S.J. is a geneticist clearly inspired by the complex beauty of his vocation."Early on in development, you have very rapid cellular growth," FitzGerald says, leaning forward eagerly...
Unsettled in the Holy Land
A travel advisory to Jubilee Year pilgrims What's the difference between a trip and a pilgrimage? It's not just the choice of a "holy" destination or the number of churches on the itinerary. While most travel is for the purpose of recreation, pilgrimage...
Virtuous Reality
New Year's resolutions may come and go, but healthy habits last a lifetime. Patrick McCormick looks at all those self-help books that promise a new you and discovers a plan you can really put your faith in. OK, I'M A LITTLE EDGY ABOUT JANUARY 1ST...
What Fashionable Candidates Are Swearing
Political rhetoric rediscovers poverty during a time of plenty. POVERTY AS POLITICAL OUTERWEAR HAS BECOME all the rage in Washington recently. Not since FDR's New Deal, Johnson's War on Poverty, and Reagan's socialism for the rich have the needs...
What's Really Bugging Me about the Millennium
All the hype and hoopla over the Y2K computer problem, argues a missionary in the Philippines, has diverted attention from the real "millennium bug." For years now the media has been warning the world about the millennium bug. Governments as well...
Who Made the United States Policeman of the World?
The pope has a point, argues Christine Gudorf, when he criticizes the United States' proclivity for unilateral military action. IF NOTHING ELSE, 1999 has finally disproved nativist Protestant fears that Catholics cannot give primary loyalty to the...