The National Catholic Review

In All Things

A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.

December 2016

  • With a Latin signature on a Vatican decree, Pope Francis has given the United States its first recognized martyr , Father Stanley Rother, and added to the growing number of church men and women who were killed in Latin America to be recognized by the Vatican.

    Why did it take so long? Why is the Vatican only now recognizing what the church in Central and South America has...

  • Cambridge, Mass.—As readers know, my interest and expertise pertains mainly to interreligious understanding, between the Christian traditions and other, non-Christian traditions. Ecumenism I leave to others. But the boundary is not a hard and fast one. As we relate to other Christians, we are disposing ourselves to think and act in certain ways toward people who are not Christian; and if we have learned how to relate to Muslims or Hindus differently, these dispositions will affect how we...

  • In 1566, Queen Elizabeth I visited Oxford University searching for young men to become priests in the Church of England. Elizabeth had forbidden the practice of the Catholic faith and herded all her subjects into the Anglican church. Catholics who failed to do so were not only forced to pay huge fines, they were sometimes thrown in jail, tortured and even killed.

    Chosen to give a welcoming speech to the queen at Oxford was Edmund Campion, a brilliant scholar, teacher and playwright...