The National Catholic Review

October 24, 2011

Vol. 205 No. 12Whole No. 4949 Download PDF


Current Comment
An App for That? Earth Science; Goodbye to Happy
Church, Not State?
The conceit that churches and charities could replace government neatly ignores a few facts about giving.


The Forgotten Pope
Mo Guernon

Why Albino Luciani's holiness should be celebrated

The Changing Face of Theology
T. Howland Sanks

A tradition in process

Books and Culture

A Church in Flux
Thomas P. Rausch

From editors Michael J. Lacey and Francis Oakley, a sober assessment of contemporary Catholicism.

Becoming Pray-ers
Denise Lardner Carmody

Gerald O'Collins argues that frequent pauses for thought will allow God to clarify our hearts' desires.

Dubliners of a Certain Age
Tom Deignan

Roddy Doyle's new stories about aging are not excessively grim or whiny.

Immaculata's Miracle
Kerry Weber

'The Mighty Macs' uses the microcosm of a women's basketball team to explore the zeitgeist of the 1970s.

The Father's Way
Kerry Weber

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez on pilgrimages, families ties and the creation of their newest film.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Walking the Talk

Barbara E. Reid

The Look of Love

Margaret Silf

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen


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  Studying Theology
Maurice Timothy Reidy
In the October 24 issue of America, T. Howland Sanks looks at "The Changing Face of Theology." "Theology mediates between faith and culture," he writes. "Therefore, as the cultural context changes, so does theology. And in the last 40 years the social, cultural and historical context has changed dramatically." To illustrate the expansion of theology, Fr. Sanks offers a sample of recent dissertation topics in the field. Here we add a few titles to his list. To browse other dissertation topics visit the Web sites of Boston College, Notre Dame or Marquette University (pdf). "Love and Option for the Poor: Reframing the Moral Dimension of the US Immigration Debate"