The National Catholic Review

April 9, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 13Whole No. 4770

Editorials

Current Comment
A Star PhilosopherWith the announcement that the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor will be soon be honored for his investigations in human spirituality, another star has been added to the firmament of Templeton Prize winners.
Loyalty or Accountability?
The reaction of Robert Gates, the new secretary of defense, to the failure to provide appropriate medical care to wounded veterans offers a striking contrast to the reaction of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to reports that eight United States attorneys had been fired for partisan political reaso

Articles

A Quiet Change of Course
Jim McDermott
Tarnished Good Guys
Jane Leftwich Curry
The Law and Chastity
Robert E. Rodes, Jr.

Books and Culture

Culture
Attuned to Gods Silence
James S. Torrens
The contemporary poet Franz Wright expresses a sense of human life as a brief hiatus between an immense before and after.
Books
Together at Last?
Joseph A. Fitzmyer
This book is the companion to the Discovery Channel’s program “The Lost Tomb of Jesus.” A well-written, interesting, often titillating ac
Books
Prophetic Messages
Richard J. Hauser
For years I have stared at the five published volumes (over 2,100 pages) of Thomas Merton’s letters arranged neatly on a shelf in my Mert
Film
A Complicated Truth
Richard A. Blake
One need not be one of those bloated bloviators of talk radio to rush to the judgment that political correctness and ethnic sensitivity c

Columns and Departments

The Word
Why Christianity Succeeded
Daniel J. Harrington
Columns
After Life
John F. Kavanaugh
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Letters
Letters