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. Cooper, that he was dropping all charges against three Duke University lacrosse players wrongly charged with rape, a lengthy travesty of justice has been undone.
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
Promoting the Faith
Doris Donnelly
An Interview With William J. Levada
The Stories We Tell
Jeremy V. Cruz

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