The National Catholic Review

February 28, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 7Whole No. 4682


More Homeless, Less Housing
As the search for housing by poor people grows more desperate year by year, the phrase lack of affordable housing has assumed a mantra-like quality.


How a Pope's Illness Affects the Church
Thomas J. Reese

The recent hospitalization of Pope John Paul II has revived interest in numerous questions about what happens to the church when a pope is sick and what would happen if he became disabled.

The Troubled Conscience Of an Israeli Soldier
Robert Hirschfield
Adam Keller, jailed for refusing to serve in the Israeli Army in Lebanon, has a son, Uri, who was jailed for refusing to serve in the Israeli Army.
John F. Kavanaugh
Ash Wednesday is the most countercultural day of the year. Repent! Turn away from sin! Now what could be more un-American than repentance and the admission of sin?

Books and Culture

Stuck on Symbols
Robert F. Walch
In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, an excess of consumer goods flooded the marketplace.
Circumstantial Evidence
Frederick J. Murphy
Archaeological digs in the land of Israel often shed light on the Jewish and Christian Bibles and on the persons and events that occupy thei
One Bishop's Life
Desmond O'Grady
You have to warm to a man who spent the night reading The Old Man and the Sea after he received word that he was to be made a bishop.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Do We See Only What We Want to See?
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
The Anguish of Annulment