The National Catholic Review

February 25, 2002

Vol. 186 No. 6Whole No. 4559


More Hunger, More Homelessness

Hunger and homelessnessmore and more Americans are feeling the cruel effects of both these painful phenomena. Such is the overall conclusion of the U.S.


Why Catholics Fast
Carole Garibaldi Rogers

At a friend’s home a few years ago, I sat across the dining table from a Muslim woman who had been born in Egypt and had lived in many cities around the world.

Capitalist Conscience
John F. Kavanaugh

At the risk of being rounded up as a Taliban sympathizer, I propose that President Bush is dressing up a boondoggle for the rich as a patriotic budget, wrapped in the American flag.

Do Good People Need Confession?
Edward Collins Vacek

More than one perplexed priest has asked me: What should I do when people come to confession and say they have nothing to confess?

Books and Culture

Books for Lenten Reading
Emilie Griffin
I once had a spiritual director who told me that A Lent missed is a year lost from the spiritual life.
His Excellency, His Eminence
Tom OBrien
America’s Bishop, the first full biography of Fulton Sheen, holds a candle to its subject.
On Pilgrimage With the Other
Michael McGarry
Following another’s spiritual journey can be a voyeuristic undertaking.

Columns and Departments

The Word
High Noon
John R. Donahue
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ
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