The National Catholic Review

September 12, 2011

Vol. 205 No. 6Whole No. 4943 Download PDF


Current Comment
Art and Toil; Time of the Preacher; Competitive Conservatism
Libyan Freedom
The unexpectedly rapid fall of Tripoli revealed one unambiguous winner: the Libyan people.


A Fundamental Challenge
Brian B. Pinter
Three ways to combat biblical literalism
Beyond Catechesis
Michael G. Lawler, Todd A. Salzman
What is the proper role of theology?

Books and Culture

Helplessly Exuberant
Susan Lang Abbott
The Jesuit priest and educator William O’Malley has long poked, prodded, cajoled and inspired his readers.
The Song of Aibileen
Michael V. Tueth
"The Help" is about telling stories and the impact such tellings can have.
With God on the Links
John P. McCarthy
The quasi-evangelical message of 'Seven Days in Utopia'

Columns and Departments

The Word
Justice in the Reign of God
Barbara E. Reid
Faith in Focus
Student Teachers
Jay Cormier
Risking the Darkness
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen

Web Only

  A Dream of Life
Christopher Pramuk
Christopher Pramuk revisited Bruce Springsteen's 'The Rising' on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
  Theology and Catechesis: What's the Difference?
Thomas H. Groome, Thomas J. Curry, Vincent J. Miller
The editors of America have asked a selection of theologians and bishops to respond to the article, "Beyond Catechesis" (9/12) by Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman. In the coming weeks, we hope to add more responses to this page. We will also continue the conversation on the role of Catholic universities with an article by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, which will appear in the September 26 issue. UPDATE (9/19): Cardinal Wuerl's article has just been published online. UPDATE (10/17): Read the latest response by Thomas Rausch, S.J. Our symposium begins with articles by Thomas Groome, Bishop Thomas Curry and Vincent Miller. ‘Nothing is more central to the church’s mission than how it educates in faith.’ Thomas Groome