The National Catholic Review

Opinion

  • September 29. 2014

    In the aftermath of the vile murder, the Gospels tell us, the disciples are bewildered, in shock, angry, ashamed, numb, empty. Jesus, the one in whom they had hoped, is gone. Worse still, most of them had turned and run away rather than face the hour of danger. In the day following Jesus’ burial, some of them are still running; two have even left Jerusalem, en route to a place called Emmaus, a town about seven miles northwest of Jerusalem. After all, why...

  • September 29. 2014

    President Obama recently said, “If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart…. The world’s always been messy. We’re just noticing now in part because of social media.” Excuse me, but the problem is not increased awareness. The world is broken and bloody in ways far beyond “messiness” as usual.

    From August:

  • September 29. 2014

    For the moment, the rockets fired into Israel by Hamas have stopped and the American-made F-16 fighter jets zeroing in on the neighborhoods of Gaza are still. Survivors ask: Was it worth it? Some Hamas leaders rejoice that to withstand an Israeli bombardment means to have “won.” Israel takes satisfaction in having punished “terrorists” and closed tunnels. But count the casualties: 2,131 Palestinians killed in Gaza, including 1,473 civilians, of whom 501...

  • September 29. 2014

    On the flight back from Korea in mid-August, Pope Francis drew the media’s attention to the level of cruelty in today’s world and the widespread use of torture. He urged reporters to reflect on this reality, which “should frighten us,” obviously wanting them to play their part in ending it.

  • September 29. 2014

    Voting on Trial

    It is not yet November, but voting in this year’s midterm elections is well underway. In North Carolina, Alaska and Georgia, election officials have already sent out “no excuse” absentee ballots. And thanks to a recent federal court ruling that blocked early voting restrictions in the Buckeye State, Ohioans can begin voting in person on Sept. 30. 

  • September 29. 2014

    I have had some excruciating moments as a parent explaining the facts of life and the big world out there to my children, but few of those conversations were as awkward as the one I had recently with a senior Jesuit. He was trying to make sense of the Internet leak of hundreds of explicit photos of a crowd of young celebrity women. The massive invasion of privacy generated so much attention that even folks who aren’t quite sure who Jennifer Lawrence and Kate...

  • September 22, 2014

    The current archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., undoubtedly possesses one of the finest intellects in the American episcopate. His most important book, The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion, and Culture (2009), is an intellectual tour de force, an engaging account of the church’s relation to the secular world.

  • September 22, 2014

    ‘The faith is Europe,” Hilaire Belloc claimed a century ago, “and Europe is the faith.” To say the same today might provoke laughter or confusion. When we think of Europe, is the first thing that comes to mind Christianity?

    Now, quick—say the first word that pops into your head when you read the word after the colon: Africa.

  • September 22, 2014

    Controversies over the conscience rights of health care workers are not limited to state and federal governments. Professional medical associations have recently constructed codes of ethical conduct concerning the right of health care workers to refuse to participate in certain medical procedures. One of the most influential is “The Limits of Conscientious Refusal in Reproductive Medicine,” a statement by the Ethics Committee of the American College of...

  • September 22, 2014

    Most of the international media reported that China allowed Pope Francis to fly through its airspace to and from Korea in August. They also informed their global audiences that Francis expressed his wish for good relations with Beijing and his ardent desire to visit there “tomorrow.”

    The same media, however, gave little visibility to other aspects of the somewhat complex Sino-Vatican relation in regard to Francis’ visit to...