The National Catholic Review

March 6, 2006

Vol. 194 No. 8Whole No. 4724


The Meanest Cities
Cities vary in their responses to the needs of their homeless populations. Some are very mean indeed as the numbers of homeless people continue to rise. Take Sarasota, Fla.


Fasting: A Fresh Look
Thomas Ryan

Have you ever tried to explain the Catholic regulations on fasting to a Muslim, a Jew or a Hindu?

Ethics Outflanked
George A. Lopez
Thirty years from now, students in ethics classes who study the Iraq war will be stunned by the manner in which ethicists twisted themselves into pretzels searching for a moral lens that would fit thi
The Dilemma in Iraq
Gerard F. Powers
Iraq was a preventive war. As preventive wars are wont to do, it has become a war of occupation (de jure and now de facto).

Books and Culture

It's in Our Blood
Rachelle Linner
Reviewed in our pages in 2006, 'One Nation Under God,' offers a vivid portrait of public prayer in American history.
What Lurks Beneath
Gerald T. Cobb
In his new short story collection, T. C.

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Mystery of the Beloved Son
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
William A. Barry
The Cruelest Month
Terry Golway
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen