The National Catholic Review

January 31, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 3Whole No. 4678


From Terror to Torture
The scandal of torture and abuse symbolized by Abu Ghraib took a turn for the better at the end of last year with news of a Justice Department draft memorandum reaffirming the responsibilities of the


Prudence and Eucharistic Sanctions
Robert W. McElroy

Now that the turbulence surrounding the 2004 presidential election has abated, it is critical to revisit a question that deeply divided both the Catholic bishops and the Catholic laity during the h

Talking to Techies
Guy Consolmagno

During the French Revolution, a bishop was brought to the guillotine for execution. But when the blade flew down, it stopped an inch short of cutting off his head.

The Ocean of Life
John F. Kavanaugh

A great weight was settling on me during Christmas week.

Books and Culture

50's Lit
Robert Emmet Long
Authors love to write their memoirs of the 1950’s, when they came of age and were apt to have a copy of The Catcher in the Rye in the
Richard A. Blake
Each of the four characters in Closer, Mike Nichols’s adaptation of Patrick Marber’s play, inhabits a world of surfaces

Columns and Departments

The Word
Earth to Earth
Dianne Bergant
The Word
This Little Light of Mine...
Dianne Bergant
Barbara Crooker