The National Catholic Review

March 27, 2006

Vol. 194 No. 11Whole No. 4727


Measuring Catholic Identity
The publication in 1990 of the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae has been the inspiration for continuing conversation within the Catholic higher education community in the United States
Current Comment
Fresh Canadian AirThe Canadian Religious Conference, which represents more than 200 orders of men and women, in January presented to the bishops of Canada an exhaustive analysis of the situation of th


Bankruptcy Defeats
Fred J. Naffziger
On Dec. 30, 2005, the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., headed by Archbishop John Vlazny, lost an important preliminary round in its bankruptcy case.
A Voice for Peace in Northern Uganda
John Baptist Odama

How and why did the massive displacement of almost two million people into camps begin? 


Dialogue and Democracy
David DeCosse
The Catholic Church is not, as many old hands in the Vatican are quick to say, a democracy.
Visible Means of Support?
Lisa L. Ferrari
Those bright yellow magnets are everywhere: Support Our Troops. Tiny arms looped like an embrace or hands joined in prayer.
Dodging Faiths Call
Dennis Hamm

Sometimes a pope, a bishop or a national conference of bishops will issue a challenging statement on a matter of public policy.

Books and Culture

Meet Jean Mambrino
Joseph J. Feeney
Old age should burn and rave at close of day,” screamed Dylan Thomas, but he was only 37. W. B.
Pilgrim's Progress?
Peter Heinegg
Once upon a time, all Francophones were taught to write clearly and distinctly, à la Descartes; nowadays it seems they are trying their best
Better Not to Believe?
Olga Bonfiglio
As if religion did not have enough problems, Sam Harris in The End of Faith condemns the three great Abrahamic religions as the cause

Columns and Departments

The Word
The New Covenant
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Patricia A. Kossmann