The National Catholic Review

May 3, 2004

Vol. 190 No. 15Whole No. 4650


A Bad Bet

George W. Bush is a high-stakes gambler. When the going gets tough, he is inclined to up the ante. Whether it is tax cuts, the prescription drug benefit, bringing democracy to the Middle East or sending astronauts to Mars, he reaches for the sky.


Thursdays With Rahner
Kevin O'Brien
The Ministry of Hospitality
Thomas Richstatter
Electing for Hope
Charles A. Reilly

Good News From Guatemala

An Occupational Hazard
Angie O'Gorman

Books and Culture

Penelope's Pen
Lucy Lethbridge

Penelope Fitzgerald’s family crops up often in her prose.

Singin With the Word
James T. Keane

When The Wall Street Journal announced last year that Bob Dylan had lifted lyrics in his most recent album from an obscure Japanese autho

16 Months in Hell
George M. Anderson

Imagine this nightmare scenario: On a beautiful day in Southern California, you have just dropped off your children at school.

Columns and Departments

The Word
What's New?

Dianne Bergant

Faith in Focus
Effortless Hope

Joseph Shimek

Phoning the Bullpen

Terry Golway

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

George M. Anderson


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