The National Catholic Review

Opinion

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    Ever attentive to the peripheries, Pope Francis sent the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, as his personal envoy to Timor-Leste to participate in the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the evangelization of the people there and to sign a historic accord between Asia’s most Catholic state and the Holy See.

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    Perhaps you’ve heard: Pope Francis is coming to Washington. Some people have been talking about this for months. Popes have come before, but this trip is different. Pope Francis has never set foot in the United States. Washington thinks it is the center of the world, but it is not the center of Pope Francis’ world. He is more at home in slums than in the corridors of power.

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    Small but Loved

    “It is a small college. And yet there are those who love it.” These words, spoken by Senator Daniel Webster in defense of Dartmouth College in 1818, remain relevant today not just to the 1,600 private, nonprofit four-year colleges in the United States but to many colleges that not only prepare students for a job but challenge students with a liberal arts curriculum. For those students, as life...

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    How do we represent fear? Much of what we see in popular culture today focuses on this. From works by H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King to shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “American Horror Story,” it is evident that the symbols of fear are much more complex than just a killer in a ski mask with an axe in the woods or the chainsaw-wielding maniac in a secluded Southern town. Fear is psychological, often arising from our own personal demons.

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    The news last week that former President Jimmy Carter has what is most likely terminal cancer was sad to hear and, strangely enough, caught me off guard. The Man from Plains is close to 91 years old now, but his still-vigorous activism very nearly obscures that fact. Until recently Mr. Carter was still swinging a hammer at Habitat for Humanity sites and teaching Sunday school for something like his 50th consecutive year, a catechetical career he did not allow even his presidency...

  • August 31-September 7, 2015

    At the end of the five-mile march to mark the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, a drumline led a spirited crowd onto the football field of Normandy High School. It was the school from which Mr. Brown graduated nine days before the African-American teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. 

  • Cristo Rei of Dili statue in Timor-Leste

    Timor-Leste, the most Catholic country in Asia, signed a historic Agreement with the Holy See as it celebrated the fifth centenary of the evangelization of the Timorese people. 

    Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo and the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, signed the accord during an official ceremony at the Government Palace in Dili, the capital city, on August 14, in the presence of delegations from...

  • August 17-24, 2015

    I am no expert on autism.

  • August 17-24, 2015

    The nuclear deal with Iran now being debated in Congress represents a rare victory for diplomacy. Americans don’t care much for diplomacy these days. With so much power at our disposal, we prefer threats, economic sanctions, military posturing and coercion to the quiet cultivation of allies and influence.

  • August 17-24, 2015

    Deal-Breakers in Congress