The National Catholic Review

November 15, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 14Whole No. 4912 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
Homeless Soldiers; Rights Prize for Cuban; Deepwater Clean-up
Two Peoples, One State
Commentary
Israelis must ask, has the idea of an ethnic state become an anachronism?

Articles

From Intuition to Moral Principle
Kevin O'Rourke

Examining the Phoenix case in light of church tradition

Books and Culture

Books
Papal Overtures
Scott Korb

John Paul II's maestro remembers his deep spiritual friendship with the pope.

Books
Keep It Simple
Claire Shaeffer-Duffy

The exacting Christianity of the Amish

Books
Atonement
Austen Ivereigh

In his new memoir the Catholic Tony Blair remains out of reach.

Film
Life is Beautiful
Maurice Timothy Reidy

A “feel-good film” is the oddest of descriptions of a movie about human dismemberment. Yet in the case of "127 Hours," the cliché is apt.

Ideas
Dearest Forster
Robert Ellsberg

For years after their separation, Dorothy Day continued to hope that her former lover would agree to marry her.

Ideas
Dorothy in Love
Robert Ellsberg

New letters reveal the frank sexuality of a possible saint.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Royal Forgiveness

Barbara E. Reid

Faith in Focus
Sisters in Faith

Kaya Oakes

Columns
Bad Judgment

Thomas J. Massaro

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Patricia A. Kossmann

Poem
A Leper on Molokai, 1880

Joseph Soldati

Letters
Letters

Web Only

  The Center Did Not Hold
Steve Schneck
This article is reprinted courtesy of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Yeats is on my mind, following last evening's election returns. Remember the line? "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold..."