The National Catholic Review


  • The Greek referendum result, much more decisive that anyone dared to predict, is a dramatic watershed moment in European political history and in the history of the European project. Sixty-two percent of voters sided with the Syriza government in opposing the harsh austerity program demanded by the “Troika” of creditors. This means that Europe is now deeply in crisis. The European elite wanted to ensure the end of the anti-austerity movement but they may have failed. People-power, for better...

  • Over the last few weeks I've been reaching out to a wide variety of prominent Catholics in California, getting their reactions to "Laudato Si'." This week, I hope to post some of their responeses. 

  • 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...

  • QUITO: “I thank God for having allowed me to return to Latin America and to be here with you today in this beautiful land of Ecuador.” With these words a visibly happy Pope greeted the Ecuadorian people and then went onto appeal for dialogue and  reconciliation in the land, soon after arriving at Quito’s international airport on Sunday afternoon, July 5. 

  • The significance of this mounting and rapidly developing Greek tragedy, most politicians in Europe agree, is its likely effect on the stability of the single currency, the beleaguered euro, if not on the whole European project itself. If there is a Greek exit (the vaunted “Grexit”) from either the currency or the politico-economic union of 28 member states, the impact on each or both could be devastating, but nobody really knows this because it has never happened before.

  • Pope Francis returns with joy to Latin America this Sunday, July 5, and is expected to be given a rapturous welcome by millions of people during his seven-day visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.

    On the eve of his departure, he went to the Basilica of St Mary Major’s in Rome to pray before the revered image of Our Lady and entrust his visit to her. He placed a bouquet of flowers on the altar composed of the colors of the flags of the three countries he will visit, and then prayed...

  • 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...

  • It’s said to be Pope Francis’ favorite Church document.  In his lifetime of ministry, his most cited. Back in 1975, in Evangelii Nuntiandi (Proclaiming the Gospel), Pope Paul VI insisted that

  • “My hope is that Pope Francis will give us a greater sense of unity as a church and a nation, for we suffer at times from polarization which diminishes us”, Archbishop Blase Cupich said in an interview with America magazine. 

    He spoke soon after the Vatican published the program for the pontiff’s visit to Cuba and the United States next September.

  • On Saturday we celebrate the United States of America and the wonderful freedoms that inhere in being a citizen of this great country. But what, really, is freedom? It is a complicated matter, a subject for much political and theological speculation.