April 13, 2009

Vol. 200 No. 12Whole No. 4852 Download PDF

Editorials

At the Frontiers
Welcome to the adventure of America's second century.
Editorial Announcement
From April 17, 1909
From April 17, 1909

Articles

Our Back Pages
Jim McDermott
Reminiscenses of America's editors and staff
Oops!
James T. Keane
Now and then America got it wrong
Ride the Current
Helen Prejean, CSJ
Learning to hear God's call
The Shape of the Church to Come
Timothy Radcliffe
A post-Enlightenment future
An Earthy Christology
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Jesus' cross and resurrection also bear rich potential for ecological insight.
New Habits of Thought
Martin E. Marty
Ecumenical conversations and encounters
The First 50 Years
Charles R. Morris

Charles Morris chronicles the first 50 years of America.

Books and Culture

Film
Secrets
Richard A. Blake
A film of ideas, "The Reader" sometimes suffers from its own pretensions.
New Media
The Reader
Carolyn Martin Buscarino
A review of the Kindle 2 from a reader, not a tech wizard.
Theater
Righteous
Michael V. Tueth
In 'Irena's Vow,' one woman refuses to lose hope throughout one of the most horrible events in history.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Peace That Overcomes Fear
Barbara E. Reid
Columns
Outrages
John F. Kavanaugh
'We Catholics are in danger of becoming known not by how we love but by how we hate.'
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen

Web Only

  The Threat in Spain
Charles R. Morris
In 1938, America’s comparison of the terrors of Nazism with those in Spain was probably accurate. Fulton J. Sheen estimated that 12,000 clerics and 200,000 noncombatants had been murdered by the Spanish Republicans. Those numbers are too high, but not wildly so. Hugh Thomas, in his 1986 update of The Spanish Civil War, reports that contemporary estimates of about one million deaths in the war are now considered about twice too high. Thomas estimates 7,000 murders of clerics at the hands of Republicans, which is still pretty horrific. Ultimately, the Nationalists’ murders outnumbered those of the Republicans’, but not by huge margins, and the bulk of them occurred during their post-victory “White Terror.” If the Republicans had won, they would surely have indulged in their own “Red Terror.”
  Centennial Open House
In honor of America’s centennial, and as a sign of thanks to our generous readers and supporters, all content on the Web site will be free for April and May. We hope you will share our content with friends, family and colleagues as we continue our anniversary celebrations throughout the spring. For more on America’s history, visit our centennial page.