The National Catholic Review

March 19, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 10Whole No. 4767


Current Comment
Noahs DinosaursDuring eight days last September, 16-year-old Matthew LaClair carried a concealed tape recorder to his 11th-grade American history class at Kearny High School in Kearny, N.J.
In the long march of freedom, revolutions one day are blocked by counterrevolutions that shift the aim of government from liberty to order.


Iraq Now. Iran Next?
John F. Kavanaugh
On the day I write this column, The New York Times has published side by side on its front page two articles that embody the divergent possibilities of our future in Iraq.
Toward Immigration Reform
J. Kevin Appleby

As the 110th U.S. Congress convened, with great expectations of bipartisan cooperation, one of the top items on its ambitious legislative agenda was immigration.

Saving the Jordan
Emily L. Hauser

On a stunning midwinter’s day, with blue sky above and a gentle breeze blowing, I stand on the banks of the River Jordan, a 30 minute walk from the Sea of Galilee.

Touching the Fabric of Life
George M. Anderson

A shard of bone from the body of St. Francis Xavier—I held it in my hand, gazing at this tiny remnant of a human body centuries old, contained under glass in its small reliquary.

The Fence
Janett L. Grady

In view of the sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the Catholic Church, I think it is only fair to give an example of how most Catholic priests relate to the young.

Longing for a Pentecostal Church
John Jay Hughes
"All of us long for a pentecostal church: a church in which the Spirit rules, and not the letter; a church in which understanding breaks down the fences we erect against each other.

Books and Culture

A More Fitting Image
George W. Hunt
The cover for this delightful collection of interconnected essays is the famous photo taken in 1932 of 11 ironworkers enjoying a relaxed
Stand by to Stand by'
George Lensing
Comparing himself to Flannery O’Connor, the novelist Walker Percy describes himself as a writer of the Catholic perspective in the 20th cent
Ties That Dont Bind
Joseph J. Feeney
Poor, dear, old Mother Machree: in these nine stories she’s long dead and buried, God rest her and keep her.
Richard A. Blake
Trust receives no flag-draped coffin, no posthumous medals and stirring eulogies, but it has ever been a tragic casualty of war, and we have

Columns and Departments

The Word
Three Great Lenten Themes
Daniel J. Harrington
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Joseph A. O'Hare