The National Catholic Review

May 29, 2006

Vol. 194 No. 19Whole No. 4735


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 initiatives, and it was time for the church’s Muslim partners to bear responsibility too for the dial
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. Over 200,000 women are now behind bars throughout the country, most of them African American and Hispanic.


The Scariest Gospel
Brendan Byrne
Dear Hearts Across the Seas
Patrick Lang
Comrades in Fear and FriendshipNo Need for BoosterismA Memorial Day Prayer
Good News From Judas?
Pheme Perkins
Why Did Judas Do It?
James Martin, SJ

Books and Culture

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.
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
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