The National Catholic Review

May 21, 2007

Vol. 196 No. 18Whole No. 4775


Beyond the Blame Game
After President George W. Bush vetoed a spending bill for the Iraq war that included a timetable for withdrawal, he and the Democratic leaders in Congress declared a desire to find common ground to support U.S. forces in Iraq. Such common ground will include recognition of serious mistakes in the postwar strategy.
Current Comment
Atheism and the TheologiansWhen Michael Buckley, S.J., presented a copy of his book At the Origins of Modern Atheism to the late Pope John Paul II, the pontiff asked, And who was at the origins


How Accessible Are the New Mass Translations?
Donald W. Trautman

The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) proposes the following translated text:

Bless Me, Father
James Martin, SJ

The statistics are alarming. According to the Center for Applied Research on the Apostolate, a survey in 2005 showed that 42 percent of Catholic adults, when asked how often they went to confession, answered Never.

How (Not) to Preach
James J. DiGiacomo

Most Catholics love to argue. Once you get past the Apostles’ Creed, there are very few things all will agree on. One is that they want to hear good homilies. Unfortunately, Catholics are often disappointed. Here, then, are a few suggestions for preachers, to help them feed the flock of Christ without leaving the people hungry or suffering from religious indigestion.

What Would Jesus Listen to?
David E. Nantais
To Hell with the Devil, they proclaimed, dressed in black and yellow spandex, with hair that hung below their shoulders.
A Time to Lament
John F. Kavanaugh
Twenty years ago I worked in Zimbabwe. It was a joy.

Books and Culture

The Depths of Connection
Peter Fink
A book review is meant to give a rough outline of the structure and content of a work, some assessment of its merits and a recommendation
DefendingArtistic Freedom
Robert F. Walch
Do not be misled by this book’s title.
Transformed in Gods Embrace
Daniel J. Harrington
The Bible presents many “explanations” for suffering: punishment for sin, part of the human condition, a test of character, a discipline
To Change the World
Michael V. Tueth
One hopes that we Americans continue to cherish the stories and heritage of the great abolitionist heroes of our history.

Columns and Departments

The Word
A Gift to Be Shared
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Musings of an Old-Time Confessor
George B. Wilson
Faith in Focus
Face to Face
Michael O. Garvey
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
John W. Donohue