The National Catholic Review

July 4, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 1Whole No. 4697


The Vanishing Dream
The annual celebrations of Indepen-dence Day commemorate not only the sacrifices made during the American Revolution, but also a more nebulous concept: the American dream, which for many is bound up w


I Know It When I See It
James Youniss
It seems to have become commonplace lately, especially among those who try to assess the state of the world and make recommendations about the sort of leadership that is needed in the Catholic Church,
Many Sticks, Few Carrots
Ronald E. Powaski

Are North Korea and the United States moving toward the brink of war, perhaps one that would involve the use of nuclear weapons? Some experts think so.

Magis 2005
Dennis M. Linehan

The Rule of Saint Benedict states, in Chapter Three: “The reason we have said that all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals to the younger what is best.” This awareness was d

Take and Read
Robert Kiely

A freshman came to my office to discuss his first essay assignment in my lecture course on classics of Christian literature. We had been reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters From Prison.

Books and Culture

No Ordinary Day
John B. Breslin
Saturday brings Ian McEwan’s novel output to a neat dozen; with one exception, most of them have tended toward brevity rather th
Pointing the Finger
Andrew M. Greeley
The argument of Over the Edge is spelled out clearly in the subtitle: the media (film, television, computer games), driven by advertisers
As Not Seen on the Nightly News
Claire Shaeffer-Duffy
In the early spring of 2003, an American daily provided its readers with a map depicting the battle strategy for the U.S.-led invasion of Ir

Columns and Departments

The Word
Nothing Is Perfect
Dianne Bergant
The Word
What a Wonderful World!
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
No Deaths Under My Signature
Jose-Luis S. Salazar
A New Jersey Legend
Terry Golway
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
Lost Hours
Sarah Brown Weitzman