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