The National Catholic Review

November 6, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 14Whole No. 4751


Current Comment

Checks and Balances

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?


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

Books and Culture

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
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

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