The National Catholic Review

April 9, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 13Whole No. 4770


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


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

Books and 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.

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

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

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

After Life

John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things