The National Catholic Review

May 2, 2016

Vol. 214 No. 15Whole No. 5127 Download PDF


Guided by Faith

According to the report, 73 percent of Catholics “look to their own conscience ‘a great deal’ for guidance on difficult moral questions.”

Justice Delayed

President Obama has extended more pardons than his six predecessors combined.

Putin’s Hidden War

A new book reveals activities by the Russian president to train small military units in Western Europe.

Judicial Roulette

Let’s figure out how to stop playing Supreme Court roulette.


Back to Wonder
John Savant
The search for mystery in a scientific world
An Astounding Mercy
Raymond P. Roden
After devastation, a prisoner finds a liberating prayer.

Books and Culture

A Big Bet for the Met
Karen Sue Smith
A new museum of contemporary art opens in New York.
17th-Century Terrorism
Nicholas Farnham
'The Witches,' by Stacy Schiff
The Most Wonderful Thing
James P. McCartin
'The Givenness of Things,' by Marilynne Robinson
Who Bears the Cost of Mercy?
Cynthia-Marie O'Brien
'Thirteen Ways of Looking,' by Colum McCann

Columns and Departments

The Word
The Value of Each Life
John W. Martens
Faith in Focus
Still Searching
Felicia Agibi
Beyond Divorce
Helen M. Alvaré
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Ashley McKinless
Reply All
Our readers
Philosopher's Notebook
The Francis Gaze
John J. Conley
Vatican Dispatch
A Milestone on the Road
Gerard O'Connell