The National Catholic Review

October 2, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 9Whole No. 4746


Current Comment

Census Data and the Poor

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. Years go by before lawmakers and ethicists recognize the worrisome changes that have overtaken warfare.

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 of the West. Though Pope Benedict XVI’s address in Regensburg, Germany, on Sept.


Martyrs Named and Nameless
Lawrence S. Cunningham
Jonah's Challenge
Rabbi Leon Klenicki

Books and Culture

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.

Wronged and Wronged Again
David Pinault

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the most controversialand courageousthinker to address the status of Muslims in Western societies today.

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 t

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


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