The National Catholic Review


  • Alice von Hildebrand is a Belgian-born Catholic philosopher and theologian who retired from the classroom in 1984 after teaching at Hunter College in New York City for several decades.

  • The recent two-week synod on the family has been an educational effort similar to that surrounding the Second Vatican Council and the U.S. bishops’ pastorals on peace and the economy. It led to hundreds of stories in media, prompted both sides of debates to make their cases on such neuralgic issues as receiving Holy Communion after divorce and remarriage and openness to lesbians and gays.

    It brought a degree of transparency even to those more comfortable hunkering down behind closed...

  • This is part one of a three-part series on Catholic colleges and universities led today by lay leaders after a history of priests or women religious at their helms.

    Catholic colleges and universities enroll an estimated 810,000 students, according to the Official Catholic Directory. For decades, and for some institutions for over a century, heads of these organizations have been members of religious orders that founded them. Others have been led by clergy.

  • In the Wall Street Journal today, Brian Casey, President of Depauw, speaks to Douglas Belkin about the value of a liberal arts education and the difficulties it faces today.

    On the challenges facing those toting Plato and quoting poetry, Casey said:

  • Over two October days, I
    attended a Flannery O’Connor forum
    in which enough people attended to make up a quorum.
    I learned many things which I didn’t know before
    about prayer and writing and everything in between—
    About how Flannery saw it all in her prayers sight unseen,
    how she wanted to be a great writer and a great pray-er
    and her struggle to combine both for her eternal
  • A guest post from Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, the English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office at the Vatican, and served as English-language spokesperson at the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome. 

  • Israel-Gaza still smolders. The op-ed pages, news stories and recent books still argue about the outcome of the war. Some even suggest that Gaza, with its 2000 dead, has won because it withstood Israel’s overwhelming land and air attack. Other commentators toy with despair because peace seems nowhere on the horizon.

  • Last week Gallup estimated that 14 percent of Americans approve of the way Congress does its job. That’s lower than in any final campaign poll Gallup has published since it began asking the question in 1974. The lack of confidence in our representatives is often cited as a reason for the low interest in this year’s midterm elections.

  • Pope Francis was given a five-minute standing ovation after he delivered an awesome address to the 253 participants at the closing session of the synod of bishops on October 18, in which he identified five temptations that he had seen at the synod, and told them “we have one year to mature.”

  • What does the final report of the Synod on the Family mean for the church?

    Essentially, the “relatio” (or report) published today, at the close of the Synod, will serve as a starting point for future discussion.  It was also presented with great transparency, including even sections that did not win the necessary votes for complete approval.