The National Catholic Review

October 25, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 11Whole No. 4909 Download PDF


Current Comment
Horse Sense on Immigration

Meg Whitman, a candidate for governor of California and a frequent critic of employers who hire paper-challenged workers, found herself in a paper jam of her own this month. It was revealed that Ms. Whitman fired her long-time housekeeper in June 2009 after a belated discovery that she had been dusting chez Whitman for years without legal residency. The champion anti-immigration bloviator Lou Dobbs had similar paperwork problems at his 300-acre New Jersey estate and horse farm. An investigation by The Nation magazine turned up undocumented workers tending its grounds and horseflesh and no doubt ducking every time the self-appointed border watchman made his rounds. It is always great fun to catch public figures in glass estates, but the apparent hypocrisy about immigration is a less striking aspect of these gotcha news stories than what they reveal about our national bipolar disorder on illegal immigration.

Voting Block
Owing to the many geopolitical and economic hazards of our times, this is no throwaway election.


The Talking Cure
Kerry Weber
Eboo Patel promotes interfaith dialogue as a defense agains anti-Islamic prejudice.
Truth and Power
David Golemboski
How I put my faith to work in Washington

Books and Culture

Living It
Nancy Hawkins
Terrence W. Tilley on what faith is and what is isn't
Marriage Counsel
Mark Mossa
A memoir of desire, relationships and spiritual transformation
Holy Writ
James T. Keane
Where are the Graham Greenes and Flannery OConnors of today?
Still Waiting
A teacher's take on 'Waiting for Superman'
The Problem of Pain
William Van Ornum
Melanie Thernstrom talks about her book, The Pain Chronicles with William Van Ornum
Comic Timing
Jake Martin
Can five new comedies survive the fall rush?

Columns and Departments

The Word
Out on a Limb
Barbara E. Reid
Faith in Focus
Guantánamo Pilgrimage
Luke Hansen, S.J.
Left Out
Maryann Cusimano Love
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Karen Sue Smith