The National Catholic Review

November 7, 2011

Vol. 205 No. 14Whole No. 4951 Download PDF


Current Comment
A Major Investment; Bring Back Bogart; All Together Now?
Fair or Flat?
Would-be supporters ought to ask serious questions of anyone who proposes a flat tax.


'Sustained by Faith'
Kevin Spinale

An interview with Robert P. George

Patrons and Companions
James Martin, SJ

When it comes to the saints, there are two extremes to avoid.

Creating South Sudan
David Hollenbach

The challenges of nation-building

Books and Culture

Into the Desert
Jon M. Sweeney

According to his biographers, St. Francis was one of the most joyous of men, yet he is rarely pictured smiling.

The Visible Man
Peter Heinegg

Does H. G. Wells still hold any interest for us? David Lodge thinks so.

Practicing Faithfulness
William Van Ornum

Robert Wicks on the tyranny of false hopes, emotional reasoning and the importance of tolerance.

Island Paradox
Charles R. Gallagher

A history of Guantanamo, one of Americas most paradoxical possessions.

The Battle for England's Soul
Joseph P. Creamer

Looking at 'Bloody Mary' in a wider European context.

A Fight for St. Brigid
Bill Williams

The saga of one church in San Francisco slated for closure

The Wrecking Crew
Kamaria B. Porter

“Margin Call” gives those clamoring for change on Wall Street fodder for their recriminations.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Unmasking Greed

Barbara E. Reid

No More Nukes

Maryann Cusimano Love

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Patricia A. Kossmann

The Day

William J. Rewak


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  Full Interview with Robert P. George
Kevin Spinale
As the holder of the McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence at Princeton University and the founding director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, is well known for his intellectual rigor and dedication to politics. One of the nation’s leading conservative thinkers, Mr. George has unofficially advised a number of U.S. Catholic bishops on matters of politics and morals; he has also led organizations that oppose same-sex marriage as well as the sexual trafficking of women and children. President Bill Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and President George W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Council on Bioethics. In July, America spoke with Mr. George in Princeton, N.J., about more personal matters: his prayer life, his advice for young adult Catholics and the relationship between his Catholic faith and his academic scholarship.The edited interview can be found here.