The National Catholic Review

July 3, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 1Whole No. 4738


Current Comment

Havoc in East Timor

July 4, 2006: Unfinished Business

Independence Day celebrations take place in other nations around the world, but for the citizens of the United States the Fourth of July has a distinctive dimension.

Sanctions for Evil

A tragic irony of the war in Iraq is that it is a Marine Corps unit that is suspected of the largest single atrocity so far reported there. For while the Marines have suffered a disproportionate number of casualties, they have also made an exemplary effort to treat Iraqi civilians with respect.


The Honor of It All
Joseph J. Gallagher

Books and Culture

Faith and Freedom
R. Bentley Anderson
Jon Meacham, managing editor of Newsweek and author of the bestselling book Franklin and Winston, states in American Gospel
Ahmads Plot
George W. Hunt
John Updike has written a contemporary thriller, a first for him (after publishing 50 fiction and non-fiction books) and a pleasant surpr
Philip's Complaint
Peter Heinegg
No, Everyman, and [if] thou be once there Thou mayst never more come here,
The Year in TV
James Martin, SJ
Over the Memorial Day weekend I visited a friend who lives with his large family and who owns, improbably, a horse--a retired police hors

Columns and Departments

The Word
Rejected Prophets
Daniel J. Harrington
The Word
Count Your Blessings!
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Mysterious Tools
Karl Bjorn Erickson
The Old and the New
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
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