The National Catholic Review

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  • March 9, 2015

    Policing Prejudice

  • March 2, 2015

    Prenatal Imprecision

    For decades, expecting parents have had access to prenatal tests to check for genetic disorders like Down syndrome and Edwards syndrome. But until recently they have had to choose between imprecise screenings and invasive diagnostics that, while definitive, carry a small risk of miscarriage. Today, mothers are increasingly opting for a new generation of prenatal screening tests that promise...

  • February 23, 2015

    A ‘Francis Effect’ in Cuba

  • February 16, 2015

    Richard McBrien, R.I.P.

    The late Rev. Richard P. McBrien’s outspoken manner won him a following among those devoted to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and critics among others, who saw his views—on issues ranging from women’s ordination to the virgin birth—as erroneous or misleading.

  • February 9, 2015

    St. Junípero Serra

    The most controversial comment made by Pope Francis during his in-flight media conference from the Philippines on Jan. 19 may not have been his aside that Catholic families are not required to breed “like rabbits.” Rather, it may have been the announcement that during his visit to the United States this fall, he would canonize Junípero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan and missionary to the region that is now California.

  • February 2, 2015

    Solitary Nation

  • January 19-26, 2015

    New Hope in Cuba

    Though the decision to re-engage with Cuba has outraged some in the exile community and certain U.S. politicians eyeing 2016, President Obama’s decision to seize the opportunity presented by the release of the imprisoned American Alan Gross was the right one. Isolation has been given 50 years to “work” in Cuba; that has been more than enough time to demonstrate its ineffectiveness.

  • January 5-12, 2015

    Ban the Bomb?

  • December 22-29, 2014

    Bipartisan Child Care

  • December 8-15, 2014

    The Hidden Homeless