The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • At this moment four new books on or by Pope Francis—four in an endless flood, several every week, of pope publications which have swept across my office desk in the months since the publishing world decided there was no limit to the market for a man who in the earlier stages of his career declined to call attention to himself, to give interviews, to join the world of celebrities—defined by Gertrude Stein as someone “well known for being well known.” So now we have a growing number of little...

  • Father John Belmonte, S.J. (Diocese of Joliet)

    John Belmonte, S.J., is a Jesuit priest who has served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Joliet since 2010. A native of the Windy City, he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago...

  • The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibits the infliction of “cruel and unusual punishments.” It has long been established that this ban does not categorically rule out the death penalty. After all, as Justice Samuel Alito wrote in today’s Glossip v. Gross decision, “[t]he death penalty was an accepted punishment at the time of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” And, as Justice Antonin Scalia added, the Constitution “explicitly contemplates,” in...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which ruled that same-sex couples are entitled under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the same marital rights as opposite-sex couples, is of monumental legal importance. The most obvious, celebrated and decried impact is the nation-wide recognition of the current and future marriages of same-sex couples, which includes all concomitant spousal and parental benefits and responsibilities...

  • We are happy to announce that America Media is the recipient of 26 awards for journalistic excellence from the Catholic Press Association. Six books written by America editors and columnists also were honored this year. The winners were announced on Friday evening at a dinner to mark the conclusion of the 2015 Catholic Media Conference, hosted by the C.P.A. this year in Buffalo, N.Y. The annual event gathers the top Catholic journalists from across the country and Canada to...

  • We're a sucker for one-liners. It's proven practice that a provocative one-liner in a headline will attract page views, and therefore revenue, for websites. For example, last week President Obama gave an hour-long interview on Marc Maron's popular podcast, WTF. He spoke about growing up, poverty, and race among other things. However headlines fixated on one sentence, referencing Obama’s use of a racial slur.

  • Today the United States Supreme Court once again redefined marriage for the entire country. This time Justice Kennedy and four other unelected federal judges (with lifetime tenure) have declared that every state must define marriage as the union of any two consenting adults. This requirement we are told arises from the 14th Amendment’s protections of due process and equal protection.

  • The historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges obviously means a great deal for the same-sex couples nationwide who can now enter civil marriages, and for their children. It also leaves open the many significant questions that arisen about effects on the religious liberty of dissenters.

  • Court-watchers and constitutional-law experts almost unanimously expected that the justices would do what they did in Obergefell v. Hodges. The result is not a surprise, nor is the fact that the author of the opinion for the five-justice majority was Justice Kennedy. His opinion in today’s case confirms and solidifies his legacy with respect to the Constitution and sexual-orientation controversies and it represents the “next step”—and, again, the expected one—in a line of other...

  • “The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the women and men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ” ("Gaudium et Spes," no. 1).