The National Catholic Review

September 25, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 8Whole No. 4745


Welfare Reform at 10
Welfare rolls have dropped more than 50 percent over the past decade.
Current Comment
Opening Church DoorsOne of the towering leaders of the church died on Aug. 24 at age 98, in the motherhouse of the Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx, Ky.


Restoring Civility to Political Discourse
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick
I come before you as a pastor who cares deeply about your work as Catholic legislators. We do not always agree. I have tried to be a clear teacher and a decent pastor here in our nation’s capital.
Putting Abuse in Context
Monica Applewhite
When reports began to surface within the Boy Scouts of America that a male nurse was touching scouts inappropriately during overnight camping trips, the executive leadership, not pleased, replaced the
What the Clergy Abuse Crisis Has Taught Us
Marci A. Hamilton
From every tragedy there is something to be learned. The Catholic Church’s struggle with sexual abuse of children by members of its clergy is no different.
Catholic New Orleans
Matt Malone, S.J.

The first thing one notices upon entering the Church of the Immaculate Conception in downtown New Orleans is the smell of gasoline.

Translating the Liturgy
John F. Baldovin

In 2001 the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued an instruction on the translation of the liturgy entitled Liturgiam Authenticam.

Realistic Politics
John F. Kavanaugh
The more thoroughly you lay waste a nationlevel its cities, slaughter its people, its noncombatant peoplethe more conclusive your victory will be.... If you want to turn a psychotic aggressor nation into a well-mannered commercial oneif you want to beat swords into plowshares, and infantry training manuals into business cardsyour best bet is to go for high levels of national destruction.

John Derbyshire, They the People

Books and Culture

Gerald T. Cobb
If Franz Kafka were to rewrite the British television comedy “Yes, Prime Minister,” the result might resemble José Saramago’s new novel,
Gustave: Singular, Suffering Genius
Peter Heinegg
Everybody wants a piece of Flaubert.
In the Hot Seat
Carol Nackenoff
This year, Americans are hearing more and more about the environment and about climate change.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Outsiders and Insiders
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Authentic Unity
Robert F. OToole
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Jim McDermott