The National Catholic Review

April 2, 2001

Vol. 184 No. 11Whole No. 4523

Editorials

Missile Defense Follies

It is understandable that at first glance the idea of a national missile defense system is appealing.

Articles

Beautiful Rottenness
John F. Kavanaugh

The New Yorker cover for the new millennium’s first week of March was a perfect cartoon rendition of our culture’s inverted values.

Public-Religious Partnerships
Fred Kammer

President Bush recently unveiled his promised White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Devastation, Faith and Resilience
Dean Brackley

In an earthquake one feels very small. During the earthquakes in El Salvador on Jan. 13 and Feb.

The Coming Synod of Bishops
Bernard M. Daly

Future development of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council on collegiality, liturgy, ecumenism and lay participation in church and society may depend heavily on how diocesan bishops face up

A Harsh Light
James S. Torrens

Traffic, an Academy Awards nominee film directed by Steven Soderbergh, is a rapid-fire saga of the drug trade and of stumbling binational efforts to stop it. It is also a dark-hued morality play.

Congo: A Tale of Two Churches
Timothy Longman

The assassination of President Laurent Kabila in Kinshasa on Jan.

Books and Culture

Books
Exploring the Holy
J. Patout Burns
This study of miracles draws upon excellent contemporary scholarship in the study of religion; its acknowledgment of interpretative assis
Books
We Remember
George F. Giacomini, Jr.
These are two very different books on a similar topic. Rychlak’s is the lawyer’s brief, Phayer’s the scholarly monograph.

Columns and Departments

The Word
By the Cross, Weeping
John R. Donahue
Faith in Focus
Be Awake
Mary Beth Moore
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson
Letters
Letters
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