The National Catholic Review

May 2, 2005

Vol. 192 No. 15Whole No. 4690


Medicaid Cuts Hurt the Poor
A tug of war is taking placenot among children, though they may be grievously affected by this contest’s outcomebut between the federal government and the states.


The Disturbing Trends Behind Parish Closings
Joseph Claude Harris
The Archdiocese of Boston recently completed an evaluation of the demographic and fiscal viability of parishes that resulted in a 25 percent reduction in the number of parishes.
Genetic Engineering Is Not the Answer
Sean McDonagh
In 1992 the then-chief executive of Monsanto, Robert Shapiro, told the Harvard Business Review that genetically modified crops will be necessary to feed a growing world population.

Books and Culture

Pray for Us'
Claire Hoertz Badaracco
Robert A.
A Storied Story
George W. Hunt
New York City, in the year 1930, was simultaneously ascending and descending.
Stop Dreaming
Robert F. Walch
Kishore Mahbubani’s bittersweet assessment of the recent shortcomings of U.S. foreign policy will more than likely fall upon deaf ears.
With God on His Side
James T. Keane
The 1985 bestseller and nostalgic spoof Growing Up Catholic included a parody of The Baltimore Catechism and asked the

Columns and Departments

The Word
A Time in Between
Dianne Bergant
Renew-ing the Church
Terry Golway
The Naming
Christine Higgins