The National Catholic Review

November 2, 2009

Vol. 201 No. 12Whole No. 4872 Download PDF


Current Comment
Galileo at the Vatican: Dr. Barnes' Little Museum
An Untreated Epidemic?
If recent statistics prove to be accurate, then we need to confront autism as a major health care crisis.


An Illusory Peace
William Bole

Why even Obama cannot bring an end to the culture wars

Mandate of Heaven
Thomas P. Rausch

Religious studies return to China.

Soldiers Home
Timothy P. Broglio

Our duty to returning veterans

A Rosary in Kandahar
John F. Butler
Pastoring Atheists
Thomas J. Santen

Books and Culture

Shaping Up the Docks
Terry Golway

"On The Irish Waterfront" promises to reshape how cultural historians view a classic 1950s film.

Age Before Beauty
Angela ODonnell

Poetry and old age are difficult human endeavors, yet Marie Ponsot makes both look Easy.

Fearless Friar
Lawrence S. Cunningham

The story of an extraordinary encounter at the height of the Fifth Crusade

A Faithful Critic
Paul Lakeland

Landislas Orsy performs a careful dance with the Vatican in "Receiving the Council."

Identity Crisis?
Robert P. Imbelli

Cardinal Francis George, with doctorates in both philosophy (Tulane) and theology (Urbaniana) is a formidable intellectual presence in th

African Journey
Scott Korb

In early April 1980, the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe met the Harlem-raised James Baldwin “for the first, and sadly last, time,” at the

Job in Minnesota
John Anderson

The Coen brothers tackle suffering in "A Serious Man."

Jake Martin

"True Blood" seeks to be sophisticated and edgy, but the only thing sharp about it is the actors' prosthetic fangs.