The National Catholic Review

November 6, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 14Whole No. 4751


Eight Americas

Since Americans pay more for health insurance and health care than do people in most other highly developed countries, it is reasonable to ask: Are we getting our money’s worth, if value is measured by a long and presumably healthy life?

Current Comment

Checks and Balances


Sitting in the Dark
Karen Sue Smith
Another Man From Galilee
Olga Bonfiglio
Energy Ethics
William H. Rauckhorst

Books and Culture

Immersed in Leisure
Sally Cunneen

This memoir begins with Patricia Hampl’s accidental viewing of the Matisse painting Woman Before an Aquarium, which waylaid her on her wa

Do the Right Thing,' He Says
Michael J. Kerlin

These days, as I, a citizen by right of birth of the United States and Ireland, wheel my grandson, Navid, a citizen by right of birth of

Faith-ful Health Care
Julie Trocchio

To read A Balm for Gilead is to want author/friar/physician Daniel Sulmasy and his disciples to be your doctor, nurse or therapist. A practitioner with a deep sense of spirituality who considers healing an encounter with the divine will not blame us for our bad habits, will not be repulsed by what illness does to our bodies, will not give up on us when treatments do not work and will see in us the opportunity to serve God. Sulmasy takes his title from the spiritual sung in his Harlem parish:There is a balm in Gilead

Michael A. Galston

The Conservative Soul is a dense, passionate argument for a simple thesis: In the United States, true conservatism has been hijack

Mother Country
Tom Deignan

Given the literary scandal that more or less led Edna O’Brien to flee Ireland following the publication of her Country Girls trilogy in t

We Deserve Better
Dorothy M. Brown

In Running Alone, the distinguished Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McGregor Burns tracks almost a half-century of what he

Columns and Departments

The Word
Who Is Holy?

Daniel J. Harrington

Kindling the Light

Margaret Silf

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

James Martin, SJ