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.

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.


Holy Men and Women
Drew Christiansen

Saints are tests of our willingness to be thoroughly converted.

Church Records and the Courts
William W. Bassett
Recent court rulings have undermined the church's promise of confidentiality.
Comfort the Sorrowful
Virginia M. Lucey
Five years ago, the scandal of sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy shook the Catholic Church in Boston and spread to other Catholic centers in the United States.

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
Just a Little More Faith
James Martin, SJ
Theology and theater share a stage.
Faith in Focus
My Confirmation Blunder
Reynold Joseph Paul Junker
A look back at a special day
Faith in Focus
Like a Cedar of Lebanon
Michael G. Rizk
Meeting the monk within
John F. Kavanaugh
Twenty-eight year of two families in the White House?
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen
The Boat House
Katherine Kavanaugh Doud
(after reading a biography of Dylan Thomas)