The National Catholic Review

October 9, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 10Whole No. 4747


Clash or Conversation?
Those who take an apocalyptic view of the campaign against international terrorism like to cite the historian Samuel Huntington’s prediction of a clash of civilizations.
Current Comment
As Others See UsInequities in the U.S. criminal justice system were among the subjects of concern that drew criticism from the United Nations Human Rights Committee last July in Geneva.


When the Church Calls
Edward P. Hahnenberg

Much of the work to be done in the wake of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ new document on lay ecclesiastical ministry is on the practical and pastoral level.

Sites of Conscience
George M. Anderson

The Gulag Museum in Russia, the Slave House (Maison des Esclaves) in Senegal, the Terezín Memorial in the Czech Republic: what could these places have in common?

Alien or Allied Muslims?
John F. Kavanaugh
In the latest of my weekly telephone conversations with a colleague who lives in France, the first question she asked was, What do you think of the pope and Islam?

Books and Culture

God's Beautiful Lessons
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
To read Thirst, Mary Oliver’s most recent book of poems, is to feel gratitude for the simple fact of being alive.
Facing a Fragmented Church
Paul Wilkes
In the highly charged and fertile theological world out of which Vatican II was born, there was widespread agreement that the Catholic Churc
People, Get (More) Serious
Daniel Levine
Alan Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, at Boston College, has written a sharp indictment of the Bus
Caught at the Crossroads
Paul J. Contino
Alice McDermott’s new novel, After This, vividly, often heart-rendingly portrays roughly 25 years (up through 1977) in the lives of t
The Devil, You Say?
Daniel J. Harrington
If asked “Who is Satan?” most of us might give an answer something like this: Satan or the Devil is the fallen angel who persuaded Adam a
Liberated by the Word
Wayne A. Holst
The North Atlantic captivity of the church is drawing to an end.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Surprising Teachings About Money
Daniel J. Harrington
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Patricia A. Kossmann