The National Catholic Review

April 30, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 15Whole No. 4772


Current Comment
Unrepentant MediaWith the announcement by North Carolina’s attorney general, Roy A.
Peace in Northern Ireland
The promise of a new era of peace in Northern Ireland will be realized on May 8, when the 108 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly meet and elect a 12-member administration.


Why We Must Withdraw From Iraq
Robert W. McElroy

The United States has reached a new chapter in its intervention in the Middle East, as the enormous obstacles to achieving peace are being recognized more clearly with every passing day.

Promoting the Faith
Doris Donnelly
The Office of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is reached by staircase or elevator up one level from the inner courtyard at Piazza del Sant’Uffizio, 11, near the end of the colonnade that wraps around the Piazza San Pietro. The dome of St Peter’s Basilica, designed six centuries ago by Michelangelo, is in partial view from all the office windows.
The Stories We Tell
Jeremy V. Cruz
I sat in reflective silence as my sister drove us from the movie theater to our parents’ house.

Books and Culture

Gods Agent
Daniel J. Harrington
The words “messiah” and “messianism” are often used loosely not only in popular culture but also in religious discourse, even in biblical
Turning Up the Heat
Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Most people realize that over the last 40 years, the tobacco industry has spent millions of dollars to mislead the public about the dangers
Behind the Serene Public Image'
Sally Cunneen
Assigned to read Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native in high school, I was fascinated by its evocation of our pagan agricultural
Take the Test
John A. Coleman
Stephen Prothero, a historian of American religion and the author of a much acclaimed earlier volume, American Jesus, takes his
A Winning Combination
Mary A. McCay
As the poet Joan Murray points out in her introduction to this stellar collection, the glitteringly self-deprecating Pushcart Prize has been
Long Live Matthieu
Tom Deignan
In 2002, Pete Hamill scored a bestseller with his novel Forever, which told the story of an Irish immigrant granted the gift of etern

Columns and Departments

The Word
Love Is the Answer
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Liberal Catholicism
Maggie Kast
The Deepest Desire
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Patricia A. Kossmann