The National Catholic Review

July 6-13, 2015

Vol. 213 No. 1Whole No. 5094 Download PDF


Mother and Sister Earth

It will take years to take the full measure of “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment, and assess its impact.

Current Comment

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate approves federal torture ban.


‘Pastors, Not Princes’
Diego Fares, S.J.
The role of the bishop under Pope Francis
The Migrant Pope
J. Kevin Appleby
How Pope Francis focuses world attention on modern sojourners
False Beauty?
Paul J. Schaefer
The tension between ethics and aesthetics in Wagner
‘Far Away From God’
Susan Srigley
Flannery O’Connor’s struggles with a demanding faith

Books and Culture

In Living Color
Leo J. O'Donovan
Timothy J. Clark’s poetic realism
Pastor From Another Planet
J. Greg Phelan
"The Book of Strange New Things: A Novel," by Michel Faber
The Costs of Closings
John A. Coleman
"Lost Classroom, Lost Community," by Margaret F. Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett
The Oldest Tradition
Dennis M. Leder
"No Man's Land," by Elizabeth D. Samet and "Loving our Enemies," by Jim Forest

Columns and Departments

The Word
Where Do You Live?
John W. Martens
The Word
Shepherd Us
John W. Martens
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.
Reply All
Our readers
Washington Front
A Change in Focus
John Carr
Generation Faith
Fortified Faith
Robert Minton
Of Other Things
‘God Only Knows’
Bill McGarvey
Vatican Dispatch
Offering Up Easter
Gerard O'Connell