The National Catholic Review

May 29, 2006

Vol. 194 No. 19Whole No. 4735


Women in Prison
Although the number of women prisoners is far smaller than the number of men, the rate of incarceration for women is rising at a much faster rate than for men.
Current Comment
Down on IslamSome years ago Cardinal Francis Arinze, then the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, complained that the dialogue with Islam consisted largely of Catholic i


Why Did Judas Do It?
James Martin, SJ
Last month’s bombshell release of the Gospel of Judas had some Christians wondering if the familiar story of Good Friday needed some updating.
The Scariest Gospel
Brendan Byrne

For centuries, Mark’s Gospel shared the fate of Cinderella in the well-known German folktale.

Dear Hearts Across the Seas
Patrick Lang

“For 14 hours yesterday, I was at work—teaching Christ to lift his cross by the numbers, and how to adjust his crown; and not to imagine he thirst until after the last halt. I attended his Supper to see that there were no complaints; and inspected his feet that they should be worthy of the nails. I see to it that he is dumb, and stands before his accusers. With a piece of silver I buy him every day, and with maps I make him familiar with the topography of Golgotha.”

Good News From Judas?
Pheme Perkins
Timing is everything. Jesus’ fatal confrontations with religious and political authorities in Jerusalem coincided with the crowds of pilgrims arriving for Passover.

Books and Culture

Place of Refuge
Robert F. Walch
With sensitivity and a strong sense of place, first-time novelist Debra Dean vividly recreates one of the overlooked stories of World War II
Global Social Networking
T. Patrick Hill
From the outset of this book, Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theology at Boston College, draws a clear distinction between theological and
The Great Commoner
Thomas R. Murphy
The historical reputation of William Jennings Bryan has not been a distinguished one.
Falling Down, Falling Down
Richard A. Blake
Plastic chairs and paper cups, laptops and cell phones: the depersonalizing symbols of air travel. Baseball hats and tee-shirts.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Pentecost Past and Present
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
When Light Yields to Darkness
Margaret Roche Macey
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James Martin, SJ
Kathleen O