The National Catholic Review

December 15, 2008

Vol. 199 No. 20Whole No. 4839 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
Was Adam Smith Wrong? A Wave of Hate
The Art of the Possible
From 2008: can prolifers work with the Obama administration to reduce abortions?

Articles

Forgive Us Our Debts
Jennie D. Latta
How should we think about bankruptcy?
Congo's Lament
George M. Anderson
A country rich in resources remains mired in poverty.
A Pope in Wartime
Gerald P. Fogarty
Why did Pius XII act as he did?

Books and Culture

Culture
Do-You-Good Anthologies
James S. Torrens
Some poetry for the soul
Books
Unity Amid Plurality
Jeffrey Gros
This is the third and final volume of a historical and systematic overview of comparative theologies of the church.
Books
She Ignited the Crowds
Bill Williams
Michael O’Neill

Columns and Departments

The Word
A Dwelling Place for God
Barbara E. Reid
Faith in Focus
Joy Is on the Way
James J. DiGiacomo
Third in a series for Advent and Christmas
Faith in Focus
Books in Brief
Patricia A. Kossmann, Regina Nigro
Columns
Abortion Absolutists
John F. Kavanaugh
'The sad reality is that extremists on both sides are alienating citizens from one another.'
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Peter Schineller
Poem
Urgency
James S. Torrens
Letters
Letters

Web Only

  Uncertain Sympathies
Michael V. Tueth
The sun doesn’t shine much in the Bronx neighborhood where John Patrick Shanley’s powerful film, Doubt, is set. The atmosphere is gray and cold; its melancholy mood is disturbed only once in the film by a fierce wind storm that blows down many of the bare limbs of the convent trees. The winds of change are indeed blowing in the Catholic Church in 1964, and Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the principal of St. Nicholas parish school, seems determined to protect her domain from any corrupting influences that might be in the air.