The National Catholic Review

Of Many Things

  • March 30, 2015

    The work of John Courtney Murray, S.J., once an associate editor of this review, continues to dominate political theology in the United States.

  • March 23, 2015

    Once again the fate of the president’s signature domestic achievement is in the hands of the chief justice of the United States. That was clear enough last week when the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

  • March 16, 2015

    My first foray into Republican politics was in the winter of 1980, when George H. W. Bush was battling Ronald Reagan for the presidential nomination. At the invitation of Marty Flynn, a local Republican and an old Central Intelligence Agency chum, Mr. Bush made a whistle stop on Cape Cod en route to the New Hampshire primary. Well, it wasn’t literally a whistle stop, but rather a quick speech at the Red Coach Grille near Barnstable Municipal Airport. My...

  • March 9, 2015

    The management of NBC News announced on Feb. 10 that Brian Williams, the award-winning anchor of its top-rated NBC Nightly News, had been suspended for misrepresenting “events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear,” said the management, “that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other...

  • March 2, 2015

    Astute observers of this page will have noted by now the change at the top of the masthead to your right. America Press, the publisher of America magazine, has a new name: America Media. Many of you may be wondering what it all means. It’s really quite simple: Our new name reflects the reality that America now produces content on multiple platforms in addition to print, including the web, video and social media.

  • February 23, 2015

    At the still relatively young age of 43, I’m pleased to report that I am more than halfway to checking off one item on my bucket list, namely, a visit to all 13 U.S. presidential libraries. As of this writing, I have visited eight of them. Built with private funds and administered by the National Archives and Record Administration, the presidential library system is one of the great repositories of our national memory.

  • February 16, 2015

    When I count back through my predecessors as editor in chief, I figure just over three-fourths of them were Irishmen by descent. This would explain why the editors were always great sympathizers with the cause of Irish independence.

  • February 9, 2015

    I started out from the center of Rome. Passing close enough to touch the outer walls of the towering Baroque church dedicated to the founder of the Jesuits, I traversed the cobbled streets that wind their way through this ancient quarter, emerging at last into the Piazza Venezia, the frenzied circus where several Roman roads converge. I then passed beneath the balcony from which Benito Mussolini declared war on the United States in 1941.

  • February 2, 2015

    I well remember where I was on the evening of July 16, 1984. I had settled into our modest living room in Massachusetts to watch the Democratic National Convention with my Dad. He wasn’t a Democrat, but he had nurtured a lifelong interest in politics, one he bequeathed to his fourth son. By 1984, at the age of 12, I was following the comings and goings of the U.S. Senate the way my brothers followed the box scores for the Red Sox.

  • January 19-26, 2015

    As this issue goes to press, preparations are underway for the March for Life, the annual gathering of pro-life activists, clergy and civic leaders in Washington, D.C. From our founding in 1909, America has advocated for a consistent ethic of life in all our private choices and public decision-making.