The National Catholic Review

December 19-26, 2016

Vol. 215 No. 19Whole No. 5151 Download PDF


The Right to Data

One of the signs of a functioning democracy is confidence in data from the government.

Risk Factors

No civilized society can remain indifferent to the clear suffering of so many at this time.

Social Mediation

Like any technology, it depends on how we use it.

Fear Not!

To those who lived in that world of fear, it must have seemed absurd that an infant would be the answer to their fear.


A Missing Memorial
Carolyn Alessio

How should Chicago properly honor Emmett Till?

Creating 'Silence'
James Martin, S.J.

An interview with Martin Scorsese

Books and Culture

Engaging Politics
Edward McGlynn Gaffney, Jr.

The brutal and bruising campaign of 2016 is finally behind us, but Kaveny’s call for a politics infused with vigilance, not vitriol, has by no means outlived its usefulness.

A Secret War in the Americas
Thomas Gibb

For some, El Salvador was a shameful episode, in which Washington backed the perpetrators of a death squad bloodbath in a failed attempt to militarily defeat a homegrown leftist insurgency.

Our Nuclear Complex
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy

This is not a history we Americans like to ponder.

Tidings of Great Joy
Jim McDermott

Today the chances of selling a Christian-themed, anti-commercialism Christmas special would seem just as slim as they were in the 1960s.

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Right Word

Michael Simone

The Word
Keep and Ponder

Michael Simone

Faith in Focus
The End of Despair

Joe Watson Jr.

Peace Over Politics

Margot Patterson

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Matt Malone, S.J.

Adoration of the Christ Child

George David Clark

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Philosopher's Notebook
Teachers Who Teach

John J. Conley

Vatican Dispatch
No ‘Reform of the Reform’

Gerard O'Connell