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Articles from Vol. 68, No. 4, April

Can You Rise to the Easter Challenge? What Will It Take for Us to Truly Make Easter Change Our Lives? (Cover Story)
"THE TRUE DIVISION OF HUMANITY," Victor Hugo wrote in Les Miserables, "is between those who live in light and those who live in darkness" Victor Hugo, it seems, understood Easter. We love to think of Easter as the feast of dazzling light. We get...
Catholic Politicians Face Pro-Life Challenge. (Signs of the Times)
Sacramento Bishop William Weigand caused a stir in January when, during a sermon marking the 30th anniversary of legalized abortion, he called for California Governor Gray Davis to either renounce his support for abortion rights or "abstain fram receiving...
Catholics Should Be More Catholic: In Pursuit of True "Catholicity," Our Church and Faith Must Grow to Welcome and Embrace All of Humanity. (Spring Book Section)
Looking up from the bottom of Rome's Via della Conciliazione, St. Peter's Basilica towers in breathtaking array. As you walk forward into a great semicircular colonnade, it embraces you like outstretched arms of welcome. Entering the church, I was...
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Q: My greatest fear about cloning is ... Use of the process by unscrupulous persons or groups for their own profit or for evil purposes. Patricia M. Laux Neenah, Wis. We will not accept people who are not physically and mentally perfect. Bill...
Into the Mystic with John. (Special Spring Book Section)
THE EDITORS INTERVIEW FATHER DEMETRIUS R. DUMM, O.S.B. In 50 years of teaching scripture to undergraduates and seminarians at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, there's one question that Benedictine Father Demetrius R. Dumm has never...
Know Your Enemy: War in Pursuit of Political Ends Is a Defeat for Humanity. (Margin Notes)
IT WASN'T LONG AFTER I ARRIVED IN MANAGUA AFTER 1998's Hurricane Mitch had devastated Nicaragua that I found my thoughts drifting quite far from the distressing matters at hand. Whether in the rural communities near Managua or walking around this dusty,...
Let's Make the World a No-Clone Zone: Banning the Use of Cloning to Create Babies Doesn't Go Far Enough, Argues Ethicist M. Therese Lysaught. Even So-Called "Therapeutic" or "Research" Cloning Involves the Destruction of Human Embryos and Therefore Is Not Only Problematic, but Also Immoral. (Sounding Board)
ON DEC. 27, 2002, the Raelians finally did it. Or did they? This unusual "religious" group, which believes cloning is our path to immortality, announced this past Christmas that they had succeeded--that "Eve," the world's first cloned baby, had been...
Licensed to Pray. (Odds & Ends)
I hope I won't get into a car accident someday because of my fascination with religious messages on license plates. It's not just looking for them that distracts me from traffic. Finding pen and a scrap of paper, or an empty Starbucks cup, on which...
Not Politics as Usual: Yes, the Church Is Not a Democracy. in Fact, It's Far More Radical Than That
The church is not a democracy," people say, and everyone nods. Sometimes the statement is nothing more than a verbal gesture of futility and despair: They are not listening to us. Sometimes it's an assertion of clerical authority: Lay people simply...
Ring in the Easter Season. (Editors' Note)
Last Saturday evening I found myself ensnared in a session of Lord of the Rings mania. It's not the first time it's happened to me lately, and I confess that once conversation starts heading in that direction, my eyes usually glaze over and my mind...
Spirit of the Law. (Mary Ann McMorrow: In Person)
IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE MARY ANN MCMORROW WITHOut using the phrase "the first woman." She was the first woman to prosecute major criminal cases in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the first woman elected to the Illinois Supreme Court. Now,...
Spirituality Cafe
"FORGIVING the unforgivable is hard. So was the cross: hard words, hard wood, hard nails." (William S. Stoddard, in Wisdom from a Pastor's Heart; Jossey-Bass, 2001) CURIOUS "It is curious that people who are filled with horrified indignation whenever...
Teach with Love. (You May Be Right)
THE PRIEST WHO WROTE FEBRUARY'S EXAMINED LIFE ("One gay priest's story," by Father Raymond Calabrese) raised some interesting points. There is no excuse for anyone, especially his fellow clergymen, using words like "fag." And the denial of legal rights...
The Gospel According to Harry and Frodo: Today's Magic Bestsellers Highlight the Struggle for Power and the Choice between Good and Evil. Have You Met Your Inner Lord Voldemort? (Culture in Context)
EVERY SEMESTER I ASK MY UNDERGRADUATE students to pick five childhood tales they would use to homeschool their youngsters on a deserted isle. This January Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings topped the charts of our Swiss Family Robinson reading...
These Souls Are Made for Walking: The Mysterious Pull of Pilgrimages and Spiritual Sites Has Roused Seekers throughout the Ages. the Journey Continues Today. (Spring Book Section)
On an otherwise sunny day the holy mountain is enveloped in fog. It may be an omen. A hundred meters out, there's a white statue of the saint. Those who are going to turn back do so at the statue, the pilgrim has been told. Mere tourists. Staff in...
The Way of the Crossing: Immigrants Today Experience Economic, Social, Legal, and Pyschological Crucifixions. (the Examinated Life)
LAST APRIL I WAS WORKING ON A VIDEO DOCUMENtary on the U.S.-Mexican border. It was Holy Week. Each day I talked with undocumented immigrants, church workers, coyote smugglers, and border patrol agents, trying to capture something of the complex and...
What a Difference a Day Makes: The Day after Jesus' Death, His Disciples Were Paralyzed by Grief and Fear. to Them, as to Us, Easter Comes as an Unfathomable Surprise. (Testaments)
ON SATURDAY, THE DEATH OF JESUS WAS slowly becoming a fact of history, dreadful to bear and hard to put away. Yet by the morning hours of Sunday, everything that was certain would be in doubt, and all that had been doubted would be transformed by the...