The National Catholic Review

November 21, 2005

Vol. 193 No. 16Whole No. 4712


At the Hour of Death

On June 26, 1997, at least 47 states had laws banning assisted suicides. These laws were aimed mainly at physicians who prescribed lethal medicines for patients who wanted to end their lives because of their great miseries.


Star-Crossed Nominees
John F. Kavanaugh
Five Years With Dorothy Day
Robert Ellsberg
One Table at a Time
Susan Maas

Books and Culture

Hard Times
Peter Heinegg

On khokmes, as they say in Yiddish (but seriously), nobody, not even a veteran scholar like Professor Sachar, could compress the w

Through Open Doors
Carol K. Coburn

It is difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the dramatic changes in American religious life in the mid- to late 20th century.

The Work, Among Us
Peter Duffy

Any organization shrouded in secrecy casts a powerful spell over the imagination.

Beneath the Surface
Richard A. Blake

Long, sweeping shots from the air reveal a sullen winter landscape.

What Goes Around
James Martin, SJ

Sometimes when I see a movie with a friend in which a mean-spirited character finally gets his (or her) comeuppance, I’ll say jokingly, "

Columns and Departments

The Word
Waiting in Hope

Daniel J. Harrington

Faith in Focus
A Shield for Workers In the Southwest

George M. Anderson

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Jim McDermott