The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • Today is July 31st, your Feast Day, and here I am writing a letter to you, one of God’s illustrious saints. It seems almost presumptuous to be doing so, for someone from the 21st century—like me—going back in time to correspond with you. But it doesn’t seem like such a bad idea; after all, in your time, you, too, were a letter writer, and a prodigious one at that—you supposedly wrote over 7,000 letters! However, it was from your writings, prayers, letters and witness that a religious...

  • New York, N.Y. (July 31, 2014) – Father Matt Malone, S.J., Editor in Chief of America and Monsignor Peter I. Vaccari, Rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary and College, announced today a new event series to take place over the next year at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York.  The three part series will begin with a Flannery O’ Connor Symposium to take place October 17-18, 2014. 

  • As anti-Israel protests flare up across Europe, it’s easy to see why leaders are tense. France has the third largest Jewish population in the world, England has seen an alarming increase in reported hate crimes, and Germany has—to put it lightly—a complicated relationship with the Jewish people.

  • Ron Hansen is an American Catholic novelist, essayist, teacher and deacon. He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J.

  • The Spanish captain grimaced in pain, asking for his leg to be broken and stretched again.

    Íñigo López, age 30, had just returned home from a battle at Pamplona where an enemy shell had smashed into his legs. After he fell, the Spanish surrendered the city to its French besiegers. The enemy doctors had set his leg out of respect and sent him home to Loyola on a cart, but he was horrified at what he discovered after getting back there: One leg was shorter than the other.

  • Robert Royal is a Catholic author, academic and founding president of the Faith and Reason Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank dedicated to exploring the intersection of faith and reason in American public life.

  • Buried in the depths of a great fish, caught in the darkness of the sea and perhaps never to see the light of day again, the Prophet Jonah cried out: “Out of my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me; From the midst of the netherworld I cried for help, and You heard my voice” (2:3). Jonah was shortly thereafter cast out of the fish and went on to preach to and save the Ninevites. Folklore tells us that Jonah, after growing into old age, died and was interred in the city of Mosul...

  • Here's an AP lead you don't see every day: 

    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.

    While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations.

  • Pope Francis is well known for his early resistance to Liberation Theology. Less well known is his vocal critique of capitalism following the Argentinian debt crisis of 2002. This week, thanks to the U.S. courts, Argentina may undergo its second debt default in a decade. While its impact on the debt of nations may turn out to be less than some fear, its impact on the poor may be more damaging, undoing more than a decade of debt relief begun by Saint John Paul II in the Great Jubilee of 2000...

  • Father C. John McCloskey, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei and member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, is a writer and spiritual director based in Menlo Park, Calif. A former Wall Street broker,...