The National Catholic Review

April 23, 2001

Vol. 184 No. 14Whole No. 4526


Revisiting the Drug War

The increasing number of drug offenders in prisons around the country is a major reason why our incarcerated population has reached the two million mark.


On the Church
Walter Kasper

Among Catholic theologians the relationship between the universal church and the particular [local] churches is a burning question today; they continue to debate it intensely.

Faith-Based Community Development
Joseph R. Hacala

The media have given considerable attention in recent weeks to the engagement of the religious community in partnership with government in dealing with the ongoing effects of poverty in our country

When Poets Write Prose
Paul Mariani

It should come as no secret that most readers of America don’t read the poems that appear in its pages.

Books and Culture

The Mother Tongue
Paul Mariani
From the archives: Paul Mariani on the poetry of Seamus Heaney
The Coolest Show on TV
James Martin, SJ
Currently, the best show on television may not be The West Wing, E.R., Sex in the City or even The Sopranos, a series that The New York T

Columns and Departments

The Word
A Different Conclave
John R. Donahue
The Word
Choose Life
John R. Donahue
Rewriting the Old Rules
Terry Golway
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ