The National Catholic Review

February 20, 2012

Vol. 206 No. 5Whole No. 4961 Download PDF


Current Comment
Wheels of Justice; Doubt at Davos; Just Posted
Athletes Dying Young
Sometimes the public can be shaken by a story so egregious that it shocks anyone with a moral sense.


A Lost Generation?
Patricia Wittberg

Fewer young women are practicing their faith: How the church can woo them back

What Will You Take Up?
John F. Kavanaugh, Gerald W. Schlabach, Margaret Pfeil, Thomas J. Massaro

Suggestions for action and reflection during Lent

Books and Culture

The Spiritual Hedonist
Karen Sue Smith

The life of Caravaggio is as starkly dramatic as the paintings he made.

Elusive Sanctity
Peter Heinegg

The author A. G. Mojtabai shows how nearly impossible it is to satisfy the longing for holiness.

All Is Transience
Peggy Rosenthal

A new volume from one of America's most revered poets

Madonna's Ambition
Victor Stepien

Is the Material Girl chasing artistic gravitas with her new film 'W.E.'?

A Grocer's Daughter
Karen Sue Smith

Although partly a biographical film about a world leader, 'The Iron Lady' is first the story of a woman.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Into the Deep

Peter Feldmeier

Faith in Focus
Jesus Among Muslims

Jordan Denari

Draw Near

Margaret Silf

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Drew Christiansen

Mystery Upon Mystery

Leonard J. Cirino