The National Catholic Review

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  • Sept. 1-8, 2014

    Tortured History

    Torture is back in the news. In early August the executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, announced the paper will use the word torture to describe practices like waterboarding, sleep deprivation and stress positions that the Times and other leading news outlets have in the past instead referred to as harsh or brutal interrogation techniques.

  • August 18-25, 2014

    Assisted Suicide Split

  • August 4-11, 2014

    Revamping God’s Bank

    Ridding the beleaguered Vatican Bank of the occasional scandal is not enough for Cardinal George Pell, the new prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy appointed by Pope Francis to lead the reform efforts. “Our ambition is to become something of a model for financial management,” the Australian prelate told a packed press conference held on July 9 to unveil the latest measures in the...

  • July 21-28, 2014

    Homeless in Honolulu

    The local chamber of commerce in Hawaii wants visitors to think of Honolulu as a place where one can—at least temporarily—relax and forget about life’s problems. But this tropical paradise is not immune to serious economic hardship. Homelessness in Honolulu has risen 32 percent over the last five years, a troubling—and increasingly visible—trend.

  • July 7-14, 2014

    Iraq Again?

  • June 23-30, 2014

    Soccer’s Shadow

    Starting on June 12, some 600,000 fans will descend on Brazil to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  The quadrennial soccer championship will showcase the host country’s vibrant culture and revamped infrastructure as well as the unmatched skill of players from across the globe. But in the shadows of the newly constructed stadiums lurks the ugly underground world of human trafficking.

  • June 9-16, 2014

    Minorities in India

  • May 26-June 2, 2014

    The Cross and the Harp

  • May 19, 2014

    ’Tis a Gift to Be Simple

  • May 12, 2014

    Fast, Invisible Hands

    Most small “retail” investors, gamely poking around for profit on laptops or iPads in bedrooms and coffee shops, are at least somewhat aware that they operate on a field far removed from the gamesmanship of the big players on Wall Street. They may be surprised to learn, however, that there is a new breed of Wall Street player that puts even the deep benches of a Goldman Sachs or a Morgan...