The National Catholic Review


  • As if it couldn't get worse for the television industry.

    Younger people are leaving TV for other modes of visual entertainment -- the computer and the smartphone, for example. This makes TV viewing more and more the province of older Americans, who have been watching the boob tube ever since the kids of the baby-boom generation welcomed the first TV set their parents brought into the house.

    Now a study, whose preliminary results were issued in July, suggests that the more TV...

  • Most questions are quickly and easily posed. It’s their answers that require the while and wisdom. These days, reading Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s sequel to the American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, many find themselves repeating a question voiced by Lee’s heroine, Jean Louise Finch. After a number of years in the quintessential big city, New York, the young woman, called Scout in her childhood, returns to visit her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama.

  • For the last month I’ve found myself deep down the rabbit hole of Netflix Instant Streaming. My addiction du jour has been that classic 1990s sci fi conspiracy thriller, “The X-Files”. I don’t know when was the last time you took a look, but --perhaps from too much time spent watching it!--I’ve started to notice a funny similarity between one of its protagonist, Fox “I Want to Believe” Mulder and Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

  • In an essay included in the book An Ignatian Spirituality Reader (a great resource for Ignatian educators), Howard Gray, S.J., offers this helpful way of understanding the relationship between Ignatian spirituality and education. I found it helpful as I prepare for the upcoming year:


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    On July 29, a temporary restraining order was granted barring the Center for Medical Progress from releasing video footage of...

  • Donald Trump may be a blowhard, but he’s raising a legitimate point about immigration and crime, writes David Frum in the Atlantic. “In their determination to quell Trump’s overheated rhetoric,” warns Frum, “Trump’s critics risk straying into an opposite and also dangerous error: denial of important facts that matter to many voters, but that awkwardly challenge the elite...

  • On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance banning the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines—that is, magazines that carry more than 10 rounds.

    Spearheaded by councilman Paul Krekorian, the measure is intended to close a loophole in city law that has prohibited the sales, import or manufacture of such magazines since 2000, but allowed ownership.

    Said Krekorian at a rally on Tuesday: “People who want to defend their families don’t...

  • Last week I shared an essay of Brendan Busse, S.J., who wrote at The Jesuit Post about gratitude as the antidote to anxiety. Yesterday, from a different angle, David Brooks reflected upon the subject at his space at The New York Times. Quoting G.K. Chesterton, and...

  • Cardinal Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responded on July 29 to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of fetal organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics.

  • Could the long court odyssey of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi finally be drawing to a close? The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), a Christian charity dedicated to helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan—which had been legally representing Bibi and campaigns for her release, reports that her death sentence for blasphemy has been stayed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.