The National Catholic Review

February 29, 2016

Vol. 214 No. 7Whole No. 5119 Download PDF


Abuse Commission Shake-up

Having the witness of survivors on the Vatican abuse commission is essential.

A Holy Right

Moving from documenting these violations to correcting them represents a Herculean task.

‘When I Was in Prison…’

The problems with for-profit prisons are well documented.

On a Mission for Mercy

It is no coincidence that this commission coincided with the start of the Lenten season.


Islamic Awakening
Daniel Philpott

An ancient faith encounters modernity

Report From Vietnam
Thomas J. Reese, Mary Ann Glendon

The struggle between government and religion

Liberty’s Rise and Fall
Drew Christiansen

A modern history of religious freedom

Peace Is Our Calling
Maryann Cusimano Love

Catholics on the front lines of religious freedom advocacy

A Global Peril
Elias D. Mallon

The state of religious freedom today

Books and Culture

Going Live
Alfred Lawrence Lorenz

'That's the Way It Is,' by Charles L. Ponce de Leon

Movements Of Faith
Nicholas D. Sawicki

'Structures of Grace,' by Kevin Ahern

Arguments With God
Rob Weinert-Kendt

The spiritual side of two Broadway revivals

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Home of Repentance

John W. Martens

Faith in Focus
Centered by Prayer

James M. Lang

A Lenten Mystery

James Martin, S.J.

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Matt Malone, S.J.

The Burning Ladder

Dana Gioia

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Philosopher's Notebook
Lenten Freedom

John J. Conley

(Un)Conventional Wisdom
Criminal Politics

Robert David Sullivan

Vatican Dispatch
What Will Francis Say?

Gerard O'Connell