The National Catholic Review

March 29, 2004

Vol. 190 No. 11Whole No. 4646


Food, Shelter or Medicine?

The United Nations has reported that the number of chronically hungry people worldwide is increasing at the rate of five million annually.


Paying the Piper
Christopher R. Cocozza

"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes, Benjamin Franklin observed in 1789.

What Vocation Shortage?
Russell Shaw

Despite all the talk about a vocation shortage, there is in fact no such thing in the Catholic Church. The real shortage is that of vocational discernment, and that is a very different problem.

Child Soldiers and the Lord's Resistance Army
Gary Smith

Every night about 11:00 P.M., after four hours of more or less continued operation, the electric power goes out in Adjumani, Uganda.

Practicing What We Teach
Matthew J. Barrett

Taxes and tax collectors have been around in one form or another for most of human history. Tax collectors appear in many of the Gospel stories, and the Evangelist Matthew was himself a tax man.

The Ministry of the Lector
James M. Schellman

Roman Catholics have not generally been thought of as people of the word, that is, of the Bible.

Books and Culture

I Don't Know Who I Am Yet
Gerald T. Cobb
The front cover of Gabriel García Márquez’s Living to Tell the Tale shows the author as a wide-eyed child of 2, while the back c
The Perfect Life
Kevin P. Quinn
The confluence of advances in human genetics and reproductive science has resulted in the ability to design babies.
A Book With Staying Power
John W. OMalley
When the second edition of Thomas Bokenkotter’s book appeared in 1990, the publisher boasted that over 125,000 copies were already in cir

Columns and Departments

The Word
What Does It Mean?
Dianne Bergant
Return of the Know-Nothings
Terry Golway
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James T. Keane
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