The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • Europe, just as much as Greece, is facing a crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel finds herself in a dilemma that many Christians have struggled with on both an ecclesial and personal level: that divinely intended tension between law and mercy.

    On Sunday Greece voted, in their first referendum since ridding themselves of a monarchy, to reject an already-expired bailout deal loaded with demands for even stricter austerity from its foreign creditors.

  • Our Common Home

  • It was early March in 2007 when I first heard it. I was driving a rented car from the L.A. Religious Education Congress in Anaheim to visit friends in Los Angeles and a song came on the radio that sounded like a long lost gem from a mysterious 60s girl group. The sound and feel were as familiar as a classic Motown record but the vibe and lyric were definitely 21st Century. The song was Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and I was so floored by it that I...

  • Cambridge, MA. Even in mid-summer, when our attention wanders from the news, questions of leadership keep impinging on our consciousness. We wonder about how well (or not) Alexis Tsipras is leading the Greek people in the current fiscal crisis. We saw not long ago the fall of Sepp Blatter, head of FIFA, the world football organization. Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio are fighting out battles of good government in New York. And, of course, the list of candidates for president grows, just this...

  • On this Independence Day, when the flags are unfurled and whipping in the summer breeze and the bunting is put out and the picnic tables are festooned with the arrangement of hamburgers and hot dogs, the pickles and the pretzels and potato chips, macaroni and potato salads (and don’t forget the cole slaw!), the soda and the lemonade, centered by that quintessential apple pie and vanilla ice cream that just oozes Americana, it would behoove everyone to take a few minutes to reflect about the...

  • Getting older is about to get a lot tougher, if a recent article in The Irish Times is to be believed. According to bureaucrats, politicians and social scientists in Japan, the latest phenomenon to become worried about is the problem of how to handle the increasing growth of what is called the “silver influx”—that is, the increasing rise in population of the elderly in that country.

  • Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, took “Laudato Si’” on the road, presenting the “green encyclical” from Pope Francis to a packed audience during a special conference at the United Nations on...

  • At this moment four new books on or by Pope Francis—four in an endless flood, several every week, of pope publications which have swept across my office desk in the months since the publishing world decided there was no limit to the market for a man who in the earlier stages of his career declined to call attention to himself, to give interviews, to join the world of celebrities—defined by Gertrude Stein as someone “well known for being well known.” So now we have a growing number of little...

  • Father John Belmonte, S.J. (Diocese of Joliet)

    John Belmonte, S.J., is a Jesuit priest who has served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Joliet since 2010. A native of the Windy City, he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago...

  • The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibits the infliction of “cruel and unusual punishments.” It has long been established that this ban does not categorically rule out the death penalty. After all, as Justice Samuel Alito wrote in today’s Glossip v. Gross decision, “[t]he death penalty was an accepted punishment at the time of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.” And, as Justice Antonin Scalia added, the Constitution “explicitly contemplates,” in...