The National Catholic Review

April 7, 2003

Vol. 188 No. 12Whole No. 4606


Medicaid Cuts

Medicare, the health insurance program for Americans over 65, is getting much attention these days, because of the president’s much-contested plan to provide prescription benefits for low-income se


Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions
James Martin, SJ

This series focuses on the world of devotions in the life of contemporary believers.

Dianne Bergant

I grew up three blocks from St. Mary, Help of Christians Church in West Allis, Wis.

Melanie McDonagh

In the cathedral church of Amiens, in Picardy, there is a relic of quite remarkable distinction. It is the head of St. John the Baptist. Or if we are to be precise, the frontal part of the skull.

The New National Security Strategy
J. Bryan Hehir

The autumn and winter have been consumed with the debate about Iraq, but decisions about Iraq are part of a more comprehensive policy vision announced by the Bush administration in its National Sec

Scheidler v. NOW
Richard P. Caro

The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc. on Feb. 26.

A Looming Crisis of Faith
Francis A. Quinn

An overarching crisis in today’s church is a crisis of faith; not faith in God, not faith in Jesus Christ, but a crisis of faith in the institutional church.

Books and Culture

An Amazing Discovery
Daniel J. Harrington
Around Jesus’ time, roughly from 20 B.C. to A.D. 70, Jews, especially in Jerusalem, developed the practice of a two-stage burial.
A Life Devastated
Roy Thomas
Lest anyone forget, a war is still being fought in Afghanistan.
From Inside to Out
Paul Wilkes
Those of us who knew Paul Dinter as the Catholic chaplain at Columbia University in the 1970’s and 80’s were presented with a personable,
Still in Formation
Peter R. Beckman
Ross Terrill’s argument goes something like this: China is not a modern state.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Still Our Hero
Dianne Bergant
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ
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