The National Catholic Review

September 13, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 6Whole No. 4904 Download PDF


Mosque Hysteria
America is beginning to look like the crusading enemy of Islam that Al Qaeda claims it is.
Hold to the Deadline
We should focus on negotiating a way out of Afghanistan.


The Catholic Schools We Need
Timothy Michael Dolan
Liberating Catechesis
Robert Brancatelli

A call for imagination and renewal

Habits of Mind and Spirit
James J. Bacik

What campus ministers can learn from Blessed John Henry Newman

Books and Culture

On the Pilgrim Path
Richard Barbieri

Alan Jacobss criticism is reserved not for bad prose, but for bad theology,

Listen Up
Susan Lang Abbott

What the church needs to know about the next generation of pastoral ministers

A History of Violence

'The American' is a film about America today: a nation that has made too many weapons and killed too many people.

Sing a New Song
Elizabeth Elliott

Should music directors use newer songs, which may be unfamiliar to congregations, or older ones?

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Bridgeable Chasm

Barbara E. Reid

The Word
Grace-Filled Complexity

Barbara E. Reid

How Will They Know?

John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen

Of the Tibetan Lion Dog

M. B. Powell


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  The Talking Cure
Kerry Weber
The subject line of the e-mail read: “Ten reasons Muslims can’t be Americans.” The young Christian woman, who had received the chain message from a fellow member of a church committee, knew the content of the e-mail was full of lies. She chose to respond—kindly, respectfully—with the truth. As she typed her reply she drew on her experience working at the Interfaith Youth Core. As an intern with the organization she collaborated with Muslims on a daily basis, befriended Muslims, and participated in dialogue and service with them. She clicked “send” and hoped for the best.
  The Future of Catholic Schools
In the September 13-20 issue of America Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York calls upon all Catholics to recommit themselves to the mission of Catholic education. "The truth is that the entire parish, the whole diocese and the universal church benefit from Catholic schools in ways that keep communities strong," Archbishop Dolan writes. "So all Catholics have a duty to support them. Reawakening a sense of common ownership of Catholic schools may be the biggest challenge the church faces in any revitalization effort ahead." In the interest of continuing the conversation, we have asked a panel of educators, scholars and parents to respond to the archbishop. Responses follow from Melanie M. Morey, Maureen T. Hallinan, John J. Convey, Robert Sullivan, Patrick J. McCloskey, Joseph M. O’Keefe, S.J., and Kristina Chew. Formation, Formation, Formation ‘We need Catholic schools, not simply schools operated by Catholics.’ Melanie M. Morey