The National Catholic Review

July 4-11, 2016

Vol. 215 No. 1Whole No. 5133 Download PDF


Via Dolorosa

Forty-nine young lives cut down in Orlando in a collection of minutes. How even to fathom that; how to fix it?

Means, Ends and Embryos

An arbitrary line in the sand does nothing to achieve real moral balance.

Boycotts Get Out of Hand

“If you boycott Israel,” said Gov. Cuomo, “New York will boycott you.”

Poverty and Puerto Rico

It is hard to imagine the U.S. government would ignore such persistent poverty levels on the mainland.


Duterte’s Tough Talk
David T. Buckley

Can the church work with the Philippines’ new president?

The Joy of Science
Adam D. Hincks

Discovering beauty and truth in the universe

Out of Kenya
Kevin Clarke

The Somali refugee crisis reaches a crescendo in East Africa.

Books and Culture

In Search of the Catholic Novel
Jon M. Sweeney

'The Relic Master,' by Christopher Buckley; 'The Man Who Loved Birds,' by Fenton Johnson; "The Thing About December,' by Donal Ryan

Landlords From Dickens
Mark J. Davis

'Evicted,' by Matthew Desmond

The Ugly Details
Lesley Hazleton

'The Way to the Spring,' by Ben Ehrenreich

Back in the Water
John Anderson

"Finding Dory” might be a more interesting movie than “Nemo” without being any better, or having a message that will resonate quite so resoundingly with young viewers.

Columns and Departments

The Word
One Necessary Thing

John W. Martens

The Word
Lord of All

John W. Martens

Faith in Focus
My Life, Unstuffed

Christopher Mari

Feminism Has Not Lost Its Soul

​Helen Alvaré

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Matt Malone, S.J.

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There Grows the Neighborhood

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Vatican Dispatch
The Abolitionist

Gerard O'Connell