The National Catholic Review

December 15, 2008

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


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?


A Pope in Wartime
Gerald P. Fogarty

Why did Pius XII act as he did?

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.

Books and Culture

Do-You-Good Anthologies
James S. Torrens

Some poetry for the soul

Unity Amid Plurality
Jeffrey Gros

This is the third and final volume of a historical and systematic overview of comparative theologies of the church.

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

Faith in Focus
Books in Brief

Patricia A. Kossmann, Regina Nigro

Abortion Absolutists

John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Peter Schineller


James S. Torrens


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  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.