The National Catholic Review

March 20, 2006

Vol. 194 No. 10Whole No. 4726


Reckless Improvisation
The announcement on March 3 that President George W. Bush had concluded a nuclear-supply agreement with the government of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was alarming news.
Current Comment
Silver Medal Losers?How to explain the disappointing performance of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in the television ratings, the lowest since 1968?


Will the Seminaries Measure Up?
Ronald D. Witherup

The much-touted apostolic visitation of U.S. seminaries and houses of formation is now well underway.

Nourishing Head and Heart
Walter J. Burghardt

On February 10, 1931, my father escorted his 16-year-old son from our home in Manhattan to the Jesuit novitiate outside Poughkeepsie, N.Y. At the door of St.

Love and Ruins in New Orleans
James Carter

Almost seven months after Hurricane Katrina, what is the situation in New Orleans? 

Washed Away
Julie Bourbon
There is a bathtub in somebody’s yard in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans.
The Muslim Mystery
John F. Kavanaugh
Fifteen years ago, one might easily have thought we were entering a new era of peace in the world.

Books and Culture

A Modern Bestiary
Franklin Freeman
Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian writer of short, elegant metaphysical fictional pieces, wrote in 1957 A Manual of Fantastic Zoology
(Re)Making History
Graham Russell Hodges
In his 90th year, the indefatigable historian John Hope Franklin has written his life story.

Columns and Departments

The Word
God Who Is Rich in Mercy
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Tobie Tondi
Faith in Focus
Michael H. Crosby
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
Sister Prudentia's Pilgrimage
Nancy G. Westerfield