The National Catholic Review

August 29-September 6, 2016

Vol. 215 No. 5Whole No. 5137 Download PDF


Commending Phoebe

If the church discerns it enjoys the freedom to admit women to the diaconate, should we?


Still Separate, Still Unequal
Michael Pasquier

White Catholics and the perduring sin of racism

Saint of the Darkness
James Martin, S.J.

An interview with Brian Kolodiejchuk, the promoter of Mother Teresa’s cause

Reinventing Catholic Schools
Charles Zech

The system as we know it must change

Books and Culture

The Eggbeater Idea
Leo J. O'Donovan

“Everything I have done since,” the artist later said, “has been based on that eggbeater idea.”

Saved By a Book
Mike St. Thomas

'Lit Up,' by David Denby

Friend of Francis
Timothy O’Brien, S.J.

'The Enthusiast,' by Jon Sweeney

18th-Century ‘Progressives’
Jeffrey Von Arx

'The Catholic Enlightenment,' by Ulrich L. Lehner

Columns and Departments

The Word
Weigh the Cost

John W. Martens

The Word
God’s Joy

John W. Martens

Faith in Focus
Godparents to Godfriends

Kaya Oakes

Merkel’s Mettle

Margot Patterson

Of Many Things
Of Many Things

Matt Malone, S.J.


John McAndrew

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Our readers

Vantage Point
Who Gets to Serve?

Phyllis Zagano

Of Other Things
My Unhappy Facebook

Kevin Clarke

Vatican Dispatch
New Cardinal Rules

Gerard O'Connell