The National Catholic Review


  • About 18 months ago a Vatican official told me he had asked a U.S.  philanthropist for advice on how to deal with controversy with American nuns. The philanthropist advised: "Just say 'thank you.'"

    The conversation came to mind as I read comments Sept. 18 in The New York Times by Vice President Biden in which he said he advised Pope...

  • If you happened to pull yourself away from all the Cupich-to-Chicago news this weekend (last night someone in my community called his appointment the most important moment in the American Church since "Humane Vitae," so I’m going to say he didn’t), you might have seen reference to some sort of a dust up between New York Times TV columnist Alessandra Stanley and Shonda Rimes, the creator of some of ABC’s most successful dramas in the last 10 years ("Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal").

  • Scotland voted last Thursday, by 55 percent to 45 percent, to remain part of Great Britain. Here are a few takeaways that could be relevant to American politics.

  • I have been on many papal trips to foreign countries over the past thirty years and have experienced some profoundly moving and faith-filled moments on several of them but I had never before seen a Pope so overcome with emotion that he wept. But that is what I witnessed on Sunday evening, September 21, in the cathedral of Tirana.

  • Pope Francis drew enthusiastic and prolonged applause when, in his homily at mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, the capital of Albania, attended by some 300,000 people—most of them Catholics but also very many Orthodox and Muslims—he greeted them saying, “May peace be in your homes! May peace reign in your hearts! Peace in your country!”

  • Cambridge, MA. I am just returned from Loyola University in Chicago, where I was graciously hosted for two days by Mark Bosco, SJ, Director of the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage.

  • Bishop Blase Cupich, the newly appointed archbishop of Chicago, is a longtime contributor to America.  Readers of the magazine and our website will know him for his many pastoral, thoughtful and forthright articles that have appeared over the years.  Here a few from recent years, with some highlighted quotes:

    "Staying Civil" March 5, 2012 (Looking at the USCCB's response to the HHS mandate):  "[...

  • While in my Jesuit training, I spent three years teaching high school at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota. You've probably heard of Pine Ridge; the New York Times and Washington Post love to send reporters out for week-long jaunts after which they write about how sad and desperate it is out there. They're not completely wrong, but they miss an awful lot. 

  • In the latest edition of the The Boston College Chronicle, BC's publication for faculty and staff, Sean Smith reports on the newly created Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The Institute, under the direction of Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J., will serve as "a locus for courses, workshops, publications, scholarly symposia and other events and activities that convey the character and nature of the...

  • Pope Francis is going to Albania on Sunday, Sept. 21. It is his first visit to a European country and he has chosen to go to the only majority Muslim country on the periphery of the old continent, where Christians and Muslims who suffered under communism now live together in harmony and have formed a national unity government.