The National Catholic Review

May 11, 2009

Vol. 200 No. 15Whole No. 4856 Download PDF


Current Comment
The Plight of Women in Afghanistan; Susan Boyle's Talent
Sectarian Catholicism
The U.S. church must escape the strengthening riptide of sectarian conflict and re-establish trust between universities and the hierarchy.


Four Lessons for Teaching Justice
Drew Christiansen

Education for justice requires freeing the imagination and stimulating inventiveness.

Learning, Living, Doing
Alicia Lincoln

Education in and out of the classroom

A Catholic Alternative
Robert J. Birdsell

What's missing in the debate on education

Books and Culture

The Dead Live
Karen Sue Smith

The Easter hope of Maurice Denis's 'Three Marys'

Loves Beginning
Bill Williams

Many authors have addressed the tricky subject of forgiveness.

When Reason and Revelation Meet
William J. Gould

James V.

Table Fellowship
Robert P. Imbelli

The church as a people of the bread: an ecclesiastical study

Kings and Queens
Rob Weinert-Kendt

Why do assorted crowned heads keep cropping up in our popular narratives?

Columns and Departments

The Word
God's Favorites

Barbara E. Reid

Faith in Focus
In Class With Romero

Roger Bergman

Slowing the Exodus

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen


Web Only

  Catholics and Obama
John Langan
Recent storms sighted above the Hilltop and the Golden Dome remind us that the Catholic academic community is not living through a time of political serenity, but has a continuing ability to draw lightning strikes from the media, from theological vigilantes and from concerned bishops. How are the moral and religious commitments of the Catholic community to be understood and lived in a pluralistic world where the church itself is subject to alien pressure and hostile scrutiny and where it is experiencing painful internal divisions? Does the recent significant change in the American political landscape point to significant changes in the way the Catholic church and its institutions and its members relate to the American political system? More specifically, how should Catholics respond to the Obama administration?
  Working with the Poorest
George M. Anderson
Service arising from faith in a God who cares for the world's most vulnerable: these were hallmarks of an April 15, 2009 conference that celebrated the ten-year collaboration between Catholic Relief Services and Fordham University. CRS places graduates of Fordham's International Political Economic and Development program into CRS internships overseas. Begun by the U.S. Catholic bishops in 1943, CRS assists people in the developing world to break free from grinding poverty though community based initiatives in many of the world's poorest countries. Young women and men spoke in a series of workshops of their own first-hand involvement in sustainable development efforts in half a dozen nations.
  The Case for Empathy
Douglas W. Kmiec
Justice has often been depicted as both female and blindfolded to convey impartiality. The femininity of the judicial symbol is ironic, since as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has pointed out more than once, it's lonely, gender-ly speaking, on the high bench. But what of empathy, the ability to stand in the other person's shoes? President Obama has identified this quality as essential, but does empathy require raising the blindfold to see who is before the Court, and if so, doesn't that in itself subvert impartiality?