The National Catholic Review

August 28, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 5Whole No. 4742


Current Comment
Prisons in Latin AmericaThe often horrifying conditions in Latin American prisons receive relatively little attention in the United States. A recent study, Evaluation of Prisons in the Organization of American States, however, casts light on some of them.
Raising the Minimum Wage
Nowhere in the United States is it possible for a full-time worker earning the minimum wage to rent a one-bedroom apartment at market rates. Despite this shameful reality, Congress has again balked at increasing the minimum wage from its present $5.15 an hourunchanged since 1997.

Books and Culture

Terror Bombing
Justus George Lawler
Winston Churchill launched Operation Gomorrah, ordering high-explosive and incendiary bombs to be dropped on the city of Hamburg on July
Faith in Action
J. Bryan Hehir
This volume, exquisitely edited by Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., is a superb contribution to Catholic social ethics and will undoubtedly serve as a
Group Discussion
Thomas J. Massaro
Can anyone seriously doubt that sustained reflection on the topic of peacemaking is among the most urgent tasks facing humankind?
God's Worldliness
Gloria L. Schaab
In his poem God’s Grandeur, Gerard Manley Hopkins calls it the dearest freshness deep down things; and in his Book of Pilgrimage, Rai
Films That Move and Provoke
Jim McDermott
March of the Penguins quietly took mainstream America by storm last year with its surprisingly dramatic story of emperor

Columns and Departments

The Word
True Religion
Daniel J. Harrington
The Word
Gods Love for the Poor
Daniel J. Harrington
Labor's Love Lost
John F. Kavanaugh
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson