The National Catholic Review

October 13, 2008

Vol. 199 No. 11Whole No. 4830 Download PDF


Current Comment
An Anglican in Lourdes, The Crisis and the Campaign
Immigration's Dark Moments
The bishops speak out


Respecting Religion
Michael Sean Winters

Can politicians learn the language of churchgoers?

In Defense of Human Dignity
Justin F. Rigali, William E. Lori

On providing food and fluids to helpless patients

Washington Front
Mary McGrory
Welcoming the Stranger
Kristin E. Heyer

What Christian faith can bring to the immigration debate

Conscientious Election
J. Brian Bransfield

A moral guide for Catholics entering the voting booth

Identity Crisis
Melanie Morey, John Piderit

Dramatic action is needed to ensure a distinctly Catholic education.

Can Citizenship Be Earned?
David DeCosse

Legal remedies for undocumented immigrants

Books and Culture

Darwins Gift to Christology
Kathleen Duffy

Every age,” Ilia Delio, O.S.F., writes,“must discover Christ anew.” In her latest book,

Escaping the Political Mire
Olga Bonfiglio

Can a commitment to the common good heal a divided political culture?

Out of Kenya
Ladislas Orsy

Good books with substantial content can often be read at different levels: each of the readings may offer a fresh story and some deeper i

Columns and Departments

The Word
Render to Caesar?

Daniel J. Harrington

Faith in Focus
'You're Not My Daughter'

Linda Rooney

U-Turn on the U.N.

Maryann Cusimano Love

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Dennis M. Linehan

The Horizon after Lorea

Leonard J. Cirino


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  Questions for the Candidates II
The Editors
As the poet Robert Burns once reminded us, the best laid plans are simply those: plans. In politics, plans are always changing to accommodate a political reality that in the information age can shift directions faster than a wildfire. This was certainly true on Sept. 26 during the first presidential debate of the 2008 general election. The forum was supposed to have been focused on foreign policy, but the first third or more of the meeting necessarily focused on the worsening news from America’s financial sector and what Washington should or could do to fix its problems. The red-hot news cycle means that there is even more reason to make sure that in the remaining debates voters have some opportunity to see not only the candidates’ responses to the press of events, but also their personal philosophies, the underlying political principles that will guide their decisions as president. To that end, America’s editors recently presented ten sets of questions on foreign policy for the consideration of the moderators and candidates. Below are ten similar sets of questions focused on domestic concerns. The next meeting between the candidates on October 7 will be conducted in a “town hall” format, the topics chosen at random by the citizen-questioners. The final debate on October 15 will be a moderated forum with questions from journalists on domestic policy. At least, that is the current plan. 1.    Both of you have spoken of greed as one cause of the current financial crisis. In your judgment what is the difference between greed and a morally legitimate pursuit of profits in a capitalist system?