The National Catholic Review

February 18, 2008

Vol. 198 No. 5Whole No. 4804 Download PDF


Current Comment
An Upside of Dynasty

The United States has been well served by dynasties in both parties throughout its history and continues to be. Note the Romneys, the Dodds and the Kennedys. And consider the Udalls.

A Voice for the Poor?
The withdrawal of former Senator John Edwards from the Democratic primary field following his third-place finish in his native South Carolina deprives the national political debate of an uncommon degree of honesty and intelligence.


At the End of Life
Thomas A. Shannon
Are feeding tubes now obligatory?
Our Moral Duty in Iraq
Gerard F. Powers
How would U.S. withdrawal affect the Iraqi people?

Books and Culture

Two Parts of Four Million
Thomas R. Murphy
As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches, we also anticipate the 75th anniversary of a remarkable transformation in the historio
Great Books Speak to Us
Paul J. Contino
'Classics for Pleasure,' reviewed
A Shameful Heritage
Mary Donnarumma Sharnick
While Thomas Norman DeWolf’s 18-chapter memoir, Inheriting the Trade, accomplishes an artful merging of historical expl

Columns and Departments

The Word
Spiritual Thirst
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
The Ebb and Flow of Faith
Lea Povozhaev
Faith in Focus
A Dish Best Served Cold
Michael V. Tueth
A Cautionary Tale
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
James T. Keane