The National Catholic Review

October 30, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 13Whole No. 4750


All Souls Day, 2006
Among the great spirituals created by the African-American churches in the South is one that compares death to a train.
Current Comment
Justice in the Rift ValleyThose with long memories, as well as admirers of Isak Dinesen’s writings, may recall the Honorable Hugh Cholmondeley, the third Baron Delamere, who was one of the original wh


Human Rights, Justice and the World Church
David Hollenbach

When more than 400 Catholic moral theologians from around the world gathered in Padua, Italy, from July 8 to 11, the meeting evoked an awareness of God calling the church to deeper communion and ge

Hard Questions About Just War
Kenneth R. Himes

At the closing of a worldwide assembly of Catholic moral theologians in Padua, Italy, in July, the participants gathered in the handsome courtyard of the city’s major seminary for a candlelit banqu

Lebanon's Reconstruction
David Snyder
When I met Antanos Hasrouni at the height of the conflict in Lebanon, the bitter irony of his life hung like a cloud about him.
Darth Mauled
Jim McDermott

Some see Halloween as a time for pretty outfits and make-believe—“My, what a handsome scarecrow” and the like.

Coalition Crunch
John F. Kavanaugh
A long time ago, in the 1960’s, I found myself in a march protesting what I thought was some covert racism at Saint Louis University.

Books and Culture

Chasing the Sacred
Laura Sheahen
"Batter my heart, three-personed God." "The world is charged with the grandeur of God." "Slouching towards Bethlehem." In each generation
Answering the Call
Kenan B. Osborne
The Sulpician priest Gerald D. Coleman is to be commended for this volume.
Saints on the Screen
James Martin, SJ
Rare is a saint’s biographer who can refrain from writing in the first few pages of the book: His life would make a great film!

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Jewishness of Jesus
Daniel J. Harrington
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen