The National Catholic Review

October 29, 2007

Vol. 197 No. 13Whole No. 4791 Download PDF


Current Comment
Its in the Mail

E-mail is a wonderful thing. Quick and easy to use, its an economical, paperless way to communicate with friends, family and colleagues. Who today would choose snail mail over the efficiency and speed of a T-1 line?

Amnesty and Abortion
It was both upsetting and perplexing to learn that Amnesty International has decided to support a right to abortion as part of its worldwide campaign to stop violence against women. How can an organization dedicated to the protection of human rights oppose the right to life of unborn children?


Holy Men and Women
Drew Christiansen

We need diverse models of discipleship.

Church Records and the Courts
William W. Bassett

Recent court rulings undermine the churchs promise of confidentiality.

Comfort the Sorrowful
Virginia M. Lucey

Parents of abuse victims in Boston support each other.

Books and Culture

Burgeoning Global Threat
Patrick Lang

This book has convinced me that just about any country on earth can have nuclear weapons if it wants them.

Our Highest Priority
Donald P. Kommers

In an essay in Foreign Affairs, January/February 2007, Tony Blair argued, not unpersuasively, that in the war against global extremism [w]e

Go Back to the Common Good
John A. Coleman

In many ways the subtitle captures the expansive scope of this highly original, intriguing and challenging book much better than the more pe

Columns and Departments

The Word

Daniel J. Harrington

Faith in Focus
My Confirmation Blunder

Reynold Joseph Paul Junker

Faith in Focus
Like a Cedar of Lebanon

Michael G. Rizk

Faith in Focus
Just a Little More Faith

James Martin, SJ


John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen

The Boat House

Katherine Kavanaugh Doud