The National Catholic Review

March 17, 2003

Vol. 188 No. 9Whole No. 4603


Xenophobia and the Warrior Ethos

“Sneering and snobbery,” the philosopher Mary Midgeley has written, won dominance for linguistic analysis and existentialism in 20th-century philosophy.


Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions
James Martin, SJ

Traditional devotions can provoke a wide variety of reactions among contemporary Catholics. For many, the devotional life discovered during childhood has never lost its appeal.

The Miraculous Medal
Robert P. Maloney

On the night of July 18, 1830, in a chapel on Rue du Bac in Paris, Catherine Labouré, a 24-year-old novice of the Daughters of Charity, had a vision of the Virgin Mary.

The Liturgy of the Hours
Elizabeth Collier

Having spent the past 15 years at various Jesuit institutions, I have probably logged more hours on retreats, in spiritual direction, in prayer groups, discussing or teaching theological topics and

A Fundamental Gap
Timothy Matovina

The current debates about the sexual abuse scandals in the church revolve around a litany of diagnoses and proposals for reform, touching such topics as clericalism, a culture of dissent, homosexua

Books and Culture

The Word Flourishes
Daniel J. Harrington
The clergy sexual abuse scandal has left us stunned and confused. But crisis in the church is not a new phenomenon.
Inundation or Interpretation?
Richard J. Clifford
Chapters 6 through 8 of the Book of Genesis tell how God, in response to human wickedness, sent a flood to wipe out the human race, spari

Columns and Departments

The Word
Words of Eternal Life
Diane Bergant
Faith in Focus
Friendship Is a Prayer
Greg Kandra
Marching, But Not to Their Drummer
Eli Rodgers-Melnick
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ