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.


Curing, Caring and Coping
Daniel Callahan
While there are many reasons to worry about what the future may bringwith global warming, oil depletion and international terrorism high on the listit is imaginable, at least for optimists, that these
Preying on the Margins
Mary Ellen Dougherty

In the summer of 2004, when more than 60 victims of human trafficking were found in Long Island, local residents were shocked.

St. John of the Cross, Mystic of the Light
Lawrence S. Cunningham

There are so many mistaken notions about St. John of the Cross (1542-91) that we might do well to clarify some of them at the outset.

Response to A Blueprint for Change
Frank D. Almade

It was good to learn of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Administration (America, 9/26), and its members’ efforts to improve the stewardship of the church.

When Less Is More
Leo J. ODonovan

Some artists whom you think you know well, like some old friends, can surprise you entirely. Perhaps experience has prepared you to share their vision.

Torturous Thoughts
John F. Kavanaugh
Since the terrorist mass-murder attacks of 9/11, we have seen a growing debate over the use of torture.

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