The National Catholic Review

February 21, 2011

Vol. 204 No. 5Whole No. 4922 Download PDF


Current Comment
Through Arab Eyes; Lower Rate, Fewer Loopholes; Health Care Myths Die Hard
Laity Near the Top?
Finding a way to give greater voice to the people of God


War Without End
Robert W. McElroy

After 13 years committed to war, it is time to be alarmed.

Growing Up Berrigan
George M. Anderson

Portrait of a family of peacemakers

Books and Culture

Getting Organized
William J. Byron

A history of American labor by Philip Dray

The World in All Its Richness
Piotr Florczyk

Though 87 years old, the poet Wislawa Szymborska is deeply engaged with the present moment.

The Monks of Tibhirine
John Anderson

"Of Gods and Men' is a Passion play of a very modern sort.

New Media
Praying with My iPhone
Jack McLain

A Jesuit priest reviews his favorite Catholic apps

Columns and Departments

The Word
Why Worry?

Barbara E. Reid

Faith in Focus
Waking Up in Jerusalem

Alicia von Stamwitz

Aquinas, Go With Me

John F. Kavanaugh

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen


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  Wisdom from Aquinas
John F. Kavanaugh
Among the many editions and translations of Thomas Aquinas’ work, I have found Thomas Gilby’s two handy collections of philosophical and theological texts quite helpful over the years. His thematic approach can guide your interest and lead you to the primary text. Thus, in the first quotation below, the reference is to the Summa Theologica, Ia (First Part) Ia (Question One) 1 (Article One) ad.2 (His answer to objection two). That citation will lead you to the text, whether the translation is in the Benziger collection or in the multi-volume Blackfriars translation. The specific quotations I used in the America column are marked by an asterisk. Let me know if there are favorites of your own that I should consider or if, over the years, I have muddled the citation.   General Approach to Reality *1. In the field of human science, the argument from authority is weakest. Summa Th. Ia.1. ad 2
  Uruguay Today
George M. Anderson
Who ever thinks of Uruguay? One of the smallest countries in Latin America, it receives scant attention in the media. Much about Uruguay, however, is noteworthy. Uruguayan Bishop Luis del Castillo, right, visited America House and pointed out, for example, that his homeland has a 97 percent literacy rate. “We had universal free education as early as 1880,” he said, “and the school system extends even to remote rural areas.” He added that the state university is also free. “You can get a degree in law, engineering, medicine and even a veterinarian degree.” On the down side, however, he noted that the quality of public education has been deteriorating over the past few decades on both the high school and the university level.