The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • The influx of migrants and refugees to Europe as a result of poverty, instability and the wars in the Middle East is becoming a defining crisis of our time, a crisis Europe, with the notable exception of Germany, is failing. So is the United States, which bears a large responsibility for creating the instability that so many in the Middle East are fleeing.

  • At this point, many of us have seen the photographs circulating news networks and social media platforms: hungry children crying in the arms of parents; police blocking borders; crowds of refugees and migrants sleeping on European streets, waiting for any aid that might come their way.

  • The New York Times continues their campaign against even the most moderate and popular policies that protect the lives of prenatal children. In the last several days they have run three very critical pieces about Ohio’s proposed law protecting babies with Down syndrome, with the most recent one released today.

  • When Pope Francis disembarks from his plane the minute it lands in the United States this September, he will step onto the soil of that part of the Americas that he has never had the occasion to walk on, the America of the northern hemisphere. It will be a newsworthy event when he does; he will meet and greet a good cross-section of American society, including American governmental officials, particularly the president of the United States. Pope Francis and President Barack Obama have met...

  • One of the reasons I like “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” is that it usually gets its law right. I was therefore looking forward to its piece on churches, especially since I had talked on background with Oliver’s staff and so knew it was coming. The piece was as funny as I expected, but unfortunately it also struck a few false legal notes that are worth clarifying.

  • A few columns ago, a reader emailed me to point out that I’d made a mistake in referring to “Benincasa” as St. Catherine of Siena’s surname. He happened to be a biographer of Catherine’s and reminded me that, in 14th century Italy, surnames as we know them today were not the norm. Benincasa was her grandfather’s name, it turns out. But to history, the great saint is most commonly known by her given name and the town where she...

  • Father Robert Kaslyn, S.J., J.C.D. (Catholic University of America)

    Father Robert J. Kaslyn, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and canon lawyer who serves as Dean of the School of Canon Law at Catholic University of America—the only school of canon law in the United States. He earned his doctorate in canon law (J.C.D.) from St....

  • In “Our Segregated Schools” America’s editors seems to announce a shift in their views regarding an important social issue. The editors point to data linking academic performance, particularly graduation rates, to the amount of racial integration in schools. They cite statistics to indicate that these benefits accrue more frequently to minority students who attend majority-white schools.

  • How did all this disgraceful snapping and stabbing get started about Iran? How about: When Congressman John Boehner, right before the Israeli elections, invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here to address Congress and score points back home by harassing the President of the United States? Yes and no. Some put it earlier—1953 when, under President Eisenhower, the C.I.A.

  • Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who is refusing to issue marriage licenses because she has religiously based objections to same-sex marriage, is learning that the First Amendment is a double-edged sword. It can be wielded to cut down both intrusions on the free exercise of religion and attempts by the government to establish religious practices.