The National Catholic Review

August 2, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 3Whole No. 4901 Download PDF


Guns and the Court
In the wake of a recent ruling, gun groups are intent on challenging a host of restrictive laws.
Current Comment
Total Soccer; The Future of Farm Workers; Death on the High Seas


Kevin O'Rourke

A Catholic hospital, a pregnant mother and a questionable excommunication

The Jesus Controversy
Luke Timothy Johnson

Why historical scholarship cannot find the living Jesus

Books and Culture

Bricklayer's Son
Doris Donnelly

A memoir from 'America's Best Theologian'

Market Maven
William J. Byron

The banker who saved London

Nancy Hawkins

Was Christianity complicit in the sin of slavery?

Confessions of a Heartland Hermit
John P. McCarthy

The new film “Get Low” contemplates the moral psychology of coming clean.

Something Out of Nothing
Jake Martin

NBC’s “Community” is one example of the complicated situation that is situation comedy.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Obedient Faith

Barbara E. Reid

The Word
Bodily Spirituality

Barbara E. Reid

Faith in Focus
Point Guards and Purpose

Stephen Martin

Faith, Hope and Humpty

Margaret Silf

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen


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  Mirada Global
Andrea Tornielli
  America is pleased to announce our formal partnership with Mirada Global, a multilingual Web site that brings together articles from Jesuit publications in North and South America. With the publication of each issue of America we will link to one article from Mirada Global. Here is our latest offering, an examination of the "uncomfortable message" of Pope Benedict XVI: It looks like one of the destinies that Benedict XVI, the theologian turned Pope at the age of 78, is similar to that of his predecessor Paul VI, who appointed him Archbishop of Munich, creating him cardinal in 1977- is that of being criticized by right and left alike even by those who profess themselves “Ratzingerians” and should therefore help him spread his message. When he was elected Pope seven years ago, the media cliché that hung over Joseph Ratzinger —who had been Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for over twenty years— was that he was a conservative “panzerkardinal”, a rigid custodian of Orthodoxy who had allegedly “hindered” John Paul II’s push for innovation, hung over him, while in fact, remained and extremely loyal and compliant collaborator. The imminent reconciliation with Lefebvrian traditionalists, preceded by the decision to liberalize the old Mass, cost Benedict XVI widespread dissent, even among some bishops: the Pope had intended favoring the possibility that the old pre-conciliar rite and the new post-conciliar rite could mutually enrich one another, by helping recuperate the sense of sacredness and the encounter with divine mystery in the Old Mass —at times too readjusted by slovenliness and by liturgic abuses— and the wealth of the Holy Scriptures introduced into the New Mass, into the post-conciliar mass. The attempt has only been partially successful because of certain reactions that didn’t always understand the Pope’s will but also because of the development of certain forms of aestheticism that bear no relevance to the essential elements of the liturgy. But Benedict XVI has also been accused by those who expected him to be tough and implement “doctrinal rectifications”. He was also expected to reaffirm Europe’s Christian identity against Islam. While the left believe him to be stuck in the past and unable to read the signs of the times, the right considers him as too weak. Also available in Spanish. Other recent articles from Mirada Global: Christianity and eco-religion The political relationship between Argentina and Chile: Colombia, The Future of FARC
  The Latest from CARA
Maurice Timothy Reidy
For decades the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)