The National Catholic Review

February 19, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 6Whole No. 4763


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.
Current Comment
The Costs of CampaigningWhile the presidential election of 2008 is nearly two years away, the field of aspiring candidates is already crowded.


Imagining Our Defeat
Leo J. ODonovan

The horrors of the bloody century past—from the Great War through the Holocaust and Hiroshima to the genocide in Rwanda—all but defy human imagination.

Jesus in the Middle Kingdom
Maurice O
The first question surprised me.
The Rights of Gods People
Kevin E. McKenna

The church is not a democracy, we often hear, and the statement is true in several senses. But does this mean that the faithful have no rights before church authorities?

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