The National Catholic Review

February 7, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 4Whole No. 4679


Innocence and the Death Penalty
Despite high-profile death sentences like Scott Peterson’s in California, public support for the death penalty is falling.


When Relatives Visit
Lorraine V. Murray
The screen door flew open and in they stampeded: my sister, my brother-in-law, my grown niece and her husband, and their three boysone only six months old. And don’t forget the dog.
He Held These Truths
Robert W. McElroy

John Courtney Murray is the most significant Catholic theologian the church in the United States has ever produced.

Religion and Science in Dialogue
David M. Byers
During the nearly 20 years I served as staff director of the Catholic bishops’ Committee on Science and Human Values, I frequently made the case that the annual dialogues the bishops conducted with sc
Grant Her Your Spirit'
Phyllis Zagano
The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece voted in Athens on Oct. 8, 2004, to restore the female diaconate.
Secrets BehindThe Forbidden Books
Tom Heneghan
It was the most ambitious censorship drive the world has ever known, and the Rev. Hubert Wolf wants to reveal its secrets.

Books and Culture

Preserving the Church's Identity
Robert P. Imbelli
Roger Haight, past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, is one of the most prolific and methodologically astute pra
If You Have Ears to Hear...
David Gibson
One of the few fortunate byproducts of these wrenching years of crisis in the Catholic Church is the emergence of voices that might not othe
Shadow Land
James S. Torresn
Postmodern poetry these days, as practiced by some leaders of poetic taste, shows little interest in communication.
Flying Solo
Richard A. Blake
The Catholicism in Martin Scorsese’s films involves much more than crucifixes on the walls of his Italian-American characters.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Merciful and Gracious
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
United in Protest
Caitlin Becker
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen