The National Catholic Review


  • What has been described as the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II reached a crescendo this week as thousands of people fleeing Syria, Iraq and other Middle East calamity zones piled up at hastily erected barricades on the borders of Europe. But European sentiment that had been resisting the idea of accepting large numbers of Middle Eastern asylum seekers shifted abruptly with the publication of desolate images of drowning victim three-year-old Aylan Kurdi face down in the...

  • Aunt Mary Edna was seventy-eight when she died. She had been married to my Uncle Lawrence fifty-nine years. He and I passed a few quiet moments after her death, talking about his love for her, the six daughters she had borne him, and their family life on the farm. Their first home was a sod house.

  • Tomorrow the State Assembly of the state of California may very well pass a bill to make assisted suicide legal for its 38+ million residents.   

  • One of the reasons I like “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is that it usually gets its law right. I was therefore looking forward to its piece on churches, especially since I had talked on background with Oliver’s staff and so knew it was coming. The piece was as funny as I expected, but unfortunately it also struck a few false legal notes that are worth clarifying.

  • At The Catholic Thing, writer and philosopher Daniel McInerny recently offered thoughts for parents and students for the upcoming academic year. Titled, "The College Orientation Talk You'll Never Hear," McInerny honed in on what it means for a Catholic school to be called "good":

  • Unprecedented scenes at the borders of the European Community’s outlying states continued this week as thousands of people escaping conflict in Syria and other Middle East calamity zones pressed against hastily thrown up barricades. The aggressive response in Hungary, which currently hosts more refugees from the Syrian conflict than any other European state except Germany, was condemned by many European leaders and migrant advocates. 

  • In “Our Segregated Schools” America’s editors seems to announce a shift in their views regarding an important social issue. The editors point to data linking academic performance, particularly graduation rates, to the amount of racial integration in schools. They cite statistics to indicate that these benefits accrue more frequently to minority students who attend majority-white schools.

  • How did all this disgraceful snapping and stabbing get started about Iran? How about: When Congressman John Boehner, right before the Israeli elections, invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here to address Congress and score points back home by harassing the President of the United States? Yes and no. Some put it earlier—1953 when, under President Eisenhower, the C.I.A.

  • Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses because she has religiously based objections to same-sex marriage, is learning that the First Amendment is a double-edged sword. It can be wielded to cut down both intrusions on the free exercise of religion and attempts by the government to establish religious practices.

  • Christopher Kaczor (Image Books)

    Christopher Kaczor is William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University and is professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. from Boston College...