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
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The Ministry of Hospitality
Thomas Richstatter
Electing for Hope
Charles A. Reilly
Good News From Guatemala
An Occupational Hazard
Angie O'Gorman

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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.

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Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
Effortless Hope
Joseph Shimek
Phoning the Bullpen
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Of Many Things
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