The National Catholic Review

October 2, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 9Whole No. 4746


Current Comment
Census Data and the PoorThe poor became poorer last year, according to a recent analysis of the new U.S. Census Bureau data by the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Unending War
Armies inevitably refight the last war, and generals are often unprepared for the new war their enemy brings them. The law and ethics of war follow the same pattern.
New Dialogue
In the minds of many Muslims, because the Catholic Church is the oldest and was for centuries the leading institution in the West, the church and the pope as its head are identified as representatives


Martyrs Named and Nameless
Lawrence S. Cunningham

In his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that the essential functions of the church are three, for which he gives the Greek terms: leitourgia (worship),

Jonahs Challenge
Rabbi Leon Klenicki

Yom Kippur in Buenos Aires, 1945. I stood next to my father as we prayed with our small community in a rented room in the Jewish Old Age Home.

From Disciplina to the Day of Pardon
Drew Christiansen

The current debate over torture revolves around a hasty judgment that has become American common sense and an axiom of public policy: that “on 9/11, everything changed.” Sept.

Al Qaeda and the Jihadis
Patrick Lang
The Al Qaeda that most Americans imagine does not exist. It is largely a figment of our imaginations and fears, a phantom that never existed in the way that many of us imagine.

Books and Culture

Wronged and Wronged Again
David Pinault
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the most controversialand courageousthinker to address the status of Muslims in Western societies today.Born in Somali
Reportage Lite?
Olga Bonfiglio
Although the Bush administration has been in a snit about The New York Times’s recent revelations of government spying on Americans and the
A Very Long Story
Ann Rodgers
Although it may be hard to imagine a volume on the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica as a beach book, R. A.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Radical Solutions for Difficult Problems
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Friends With God
William A. Barry
Take Nothing for the Journey
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen