The National Catholic Review

May 2, 2011

Vol. 204 No. 15Whole No. 4932 Download PDF


Let's Be Clear on the Budget
Bishops and other church leaders need to speak with clarity about the budget as a moral document.
Paths of Conscience
One wonders what Gandhi or St. Francis of Assisi might have advised Father Ray Bourgeois.


The Casino Economy
Charles K. Wilber

How Wall Street is gambling with America's financial future

Books and Culture

Southern Exposure
Thomas E. Quigley

A history of the Catholic Church In Latin America, reviewed

Solomon's Epic Trek
Gerald T. Cobb

Jose Saramago takes delight in pointing out religious duplicity and delusion.

The Student Pope
Paul Nienaber

A biography of the French monk who became Pope Sylvester II

Divided We Fall
John P. McCarthy

Robert Redford's “The Conspirator” presents a hinge moment in the history of American democracy.

It Don't Come Easy
John A. Coleman

'Forgiveness' explores a virtue fraught with hope and danger

Stage Presence
Rob Weinert-Kendt

The analogies between theatergoing and churchgoing are easy to make.