The National Catholic Review

April 13, 2009

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


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

From April 17, 1909


The First 50 Years
Charles R. Morris

The emergence of a Catholic voice

Our Back Pages
Jim McDermott

Reminiscenses of America's editors and staff

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

Renewing, Liberating, Flourishing

An Earthy Christology
Elizabeth A. Johnson

'For God so loved the cosmos'

New Habits of Thought
Martin E. Marty

Ecumenical conversations and encounters

Books and Culture

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.

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


John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen

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  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
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