The National Catholic Review

January 30, 2012

Vol. 206 No. 3Whole No. 4959 Download PDF


Current Comment
Does God Listen?; Citizen Adelson; A Catholic Candidate?
Failure to Protect
The suffering and loss of children across the country demand an examination of national conscience.


The Ethical Traveler
Tim Padgett

How to escape the tourist trap

Writing Home
Kerry Weber

Literary pilgrimages to the homes of Catholic authors

Books and Culture

Master of Paradox
Jon M. Sweeney

A new biography of G. K. Chesterton, controversialist and Catholic convert

Man of the Cloth
Doris Donnelly

A new novel relates the the life and loves of a contemporary priest.

Two for the Road

On E. B. White and Henry David Thoreau

At Home with Catholic Writers
Kerry Weber

A slideshow tour of popular literary pilgrimage sites

Family Circles
Maurice Timothy Reidy

In "The Descendants," Alexander Payne has found source material that builds upon his oeuvre without replicating it.

Faith Undercover
Kerry Weber

A Catholic CEO promotes good values and good business—with a little help from reality television

Columns and Departments

The Word
Beyond Suffering

Peter Feldmeier

The Word
Healing the Leper

Peter Feldmeier

Of Many Things

Patricia A. Kossmann

On the Hunt

Kyle T. Kramer


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  Priests in Fiction
Doris Donnelly
This week, Doris Donnelly reviews Vestments, a new novel about a young priest struggling with his vocation. Here she offers a few classic novels featuring a priest protagonist. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (1940) An unnamed whiskey priest is on the run from a Mexican state that has outlawed the church. All other priests have fled or been rounded up and shot. Stripped of his life of pampered privilege, and in a haze of alcohol and fear, the priest is unwittingly tugged to minister to needy peasants while eluding an intense lieutenant who is determined to rid his country from all seeds of corruption planted by the church. The paradox of strength in weakness has probably never been novelized better than here by Greene.