The National Catholic Review

November 2, 2009

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

Editorials

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.

Articles

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

Books
Age Before Beauty
Angela ODonnell

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

Books
Fearless Friar
Lawrence S. Cunningham

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

Books
A Faithful Critic
Paul Lakeland

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

Books
Identity Crisis?
Robert P. Imbelli

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

Books
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

Books
Shaping Up the Docks
Terry Golway

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

Film
Job in Minnesota
John Anderson

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

Television
Anemic
Jake Martin

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