The National Catholic Review

May 4, 2009

Vol. 200 No. 14Whole No. 4855 Download PDF


Current Comment
Reviving Amtrak; New York's New Archbishop
A Modest Proposal
Silence and fervent prayer are no longer adequate responses to the priest shortage in the United States.


Lessons in Mercy
Daniel Philpott

Justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of atrocities

Liberia's Trials
John Perry

The challenge of forging a lasting peace

Soulful Leadership
Margaret Benefiel

Desmond Tutu's quest for unity

Books and Culture

Loves Proof
Angela ODonnell

For nearly 50 years, Mary Oliver has been falling in love with the world and writing poems that invite readers to fall in love right alon

The Oldest Living Institution
Thomas J. Shelley

Roger Collins' history of the papacy, reviewed

A Solitary Life
Joseph Cunneen

Thomas Cahill has interrupted his series on “the hinges of history” to present an inspiring example of human development on death row.

Where Does It End?
John A. Coleman

'Cruel and Unusual': a book about television, punishment and God

In Divine Company
Marie Anne Mayeski

Sister Marilyn Lacey’s account of her journey to and through the experience of working with refugees can be read, first of all, as an adv

A Rocky Start
Peter Heinegg

Professor William Goetzmann has had a long and distinguished career at Yale University and the University of Texas, Austin, going all the

A Snapshot of Hell
John A. Coleman

The Italian film "Gomorra" lends a more ominous meaning to the famous epithet, "See Naples and Die."

Righteous Among Women
Michael V. Tueth

'Irena's Vow' stars the actress Tovah Feldshuh, who first appears onstage telling her incredible story to a group of high school students.