The National Catholic Review

May 7, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 16Whole No. 4773


Current Comment
The Court RulesThe latest U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the prohibition on partial-birth abortion is a healthy correction of an earlier court’s overreach in establishing a legal right to abortion. In his opinion for the majority in Gonzales v.
The New Outcasts
Civil commitment is a sanitized term for statutes that keep sex offenders behind bars long after they have served their prison sentences. Indefinite commitment laws of this kind have been rapidly increasing around the country, and thousands of people are being held far beyond their actual terms.


Books and Culture

Off to a Distant Land
John T. McGreevy

In a few months we will reach the 70th anniversary of the publication of Gilbert Garraghan’s three-volume history of the Jesuits in the 19th

Claiming Converts
John W. O'Malley

Most people find few aspects of Jesuit history more fascinating than the mission of the Jesuits to China.

A Theologian in Verse
Robert P. Imbelli

In his encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI explored the relationship between eros and agape, desire and self-gift, with p

The Shore We Seek
Leo J. ODonovan

The first stage picture of "Voyage," the initial play in Tom Stoppard’s thrilling trilogy The Coast of Utopia, must rank

Columns and Departments

The Word
Openness to the Holy Spirit

Daniel J. Harrington

Another Insider's Game

Terry Golway

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

George M. Anderson

A War Story

Brian Doyle