The National Catholic Review

February 19, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 6Whole No. 4763


Current Comment
The Costs of CampaigningWhile the presidential election of 2008 is nearly two years away, the field of aspiring candidates is already crowded. The early start of the campaign provides an unsettling reminder of how costly election campaigns have become.
The Death Penalty:Tinkering' to Good Effect
The execution of Saddam Hussein roused condemnation by the United Nations and European Union leaders. But this widespread international criticism also cast a spotlight on the use of capital punishment in the United States, where public dissatisfaction has been growing. An overview of the current situation follows.


Books and Culture

Reading in the Season of Lent
Lawrence S. Cunningham

It is interesting that in the authoritative Dictionnaire de Spiritualité there is a very long essay on the history of the practice of lec

Life Among the Dead
Richard A. Blake

Suicide and martyrdom have become our constant companions in this dark new century.

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Testing of Gods Son

Daniel J. Harrington

A Personalist Lent

John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

James Martin, SJ

The Houses of Charleston

Richard O