The National Catholic Review

March 30, 2009

Vol. 200 No. 11Whole No. 4851 Download PDF


Current Comment
Science and Ideology; A Face by Any Other Name
Star Struck
Why the church should celebrate the Year of Astronomy


A Shared Meal
Rabbi Daniel F. Polish

Despite differences, Passover and Easter occupy a similar sacred space.

Reading Karl Rahner
Leo J. O'Donovan

Twenty-five years after his death, Rahner's works still illuminate.

The Smiling Christ
Peter Schineller

The final in a series for Lent

Jesus the Prisoner
John A. Coleman

A Lenten reflection on The Mocking of Christ

Greenspan's Folly
Darrin W. Snyder Belousek

The demise of the cult of self-interest

Advocate for the World's Poorest
George M. Anderson

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez on reducing extreme poverty

Books and Culture

A Vacillating Believer
Ann M. Begley

What can the letters of Graham Greene tell us about the man?

Jesus the Prisoner
John A. Coleman

Gerrit van Honthorst's painting The Mocking of Christ is a painful reminder of the cruel, sardonic mocking of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

Southern Expressions
Patrick Samway

A new biography of Flannery O'Connor, reviewed

A Vacillating Believer
Ann M. Begley

What can the letters of Graham Greene tell us about the man?

Welcome to the 'Dollhouse'
Jim McDermott

From the creator of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' a new show with much to say about the inviolability of human dignity.

The Heavenly City
Jeremy Zipple

A new PBS documentary looks at the many faces of Jerusalem.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Love to the End

Barbara E. Reid

Accounting for Torture

Maryann Cusimano Love

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Jim McDermott

Jesus and the Muses

Leonard J. Cirino


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  The Hard Hand
Jim McDermott
Luis Arriage Valenzuela, S.J., is the director of Centro de Derechos Humanos Prodh, a Mexican human rights center begun in 1987 as a response to increasingly repressive policies by the Mexican government. Centro Prodh’s goal is to defend, promote and advocate for human rights through legal assistance. I spoke to Fr. Valenzulea about the current situation of human rights in Mexico earlier this month.   What are you seeing on the ground in Mexico today? 
  A Critical Moment
John R. Quinn
At critical moments in life it is important to take stock. The demand from many Catholic bishops and lay leaders that the University of Notre Dame rescind its invitation to President Obama to deliver the 2009 commencement address is surely a critical moment in the relationship between the Catholic Church in the United States and the wider American society. Before battle lines harden further on this issue, we should take time-out to ask some hard and penetrating questions. These are some of the questions that occur to me.