The National Catholic Review

January 30, 2006

Vol. 194 No. 3Whole No. 4719


The Vatican Instruction on Priestly Formation

There has been a notably wide variety of interpretations from Catholic leaders of the Vatican instruction, published on Nov. 29, concerning the admission of gay men to orders.


Preying on the Margins
Mary Ellen Dougherty
When Less Is More
Leo J. ODonovan
Torturous Thoughts
John F. Kavanaugh
Curing, Caring and Coping
Daniel Callahan

Books and Culture

History and Language
Paul Mariani

How to approach—I mean adequately approach—the devastating reality of Ground Zero from Ground Zero?

Woman Apostle
Karen A. Barta

Everything about this book is elegant.

East Is East and...
Richard A. Blake

Syriana provides a valuable insight, one of those “Aha!” moments.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Serving the Noblest Cause

Daniel J. Harrington

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

James Martin, SJ

On the Death of Your Middle Son

Alana Merritt Mahaffey


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