The National Catholic Review

December 8-15, 2014

Vol. 211 No. 18Whole No. 5072 Download PDF


Impunity in Honduras

In a small Central American country, campesinos agitating for land rights, journalists challenging the status quo and attorneys and advocates working for social justice face continual threats or acts of violence and intimidation.

Current Comment

Twenty-five years later, remembering the church’s role in Cold War-era resistance.


Family in Focus
Robert P. Imbelli
How do we continue the conversation started by the synod?
Zero Tolerance
Celso Perez
Why Catholics must condemn anti-gay violence

Books and Culture

A Spiritual Perspective
Leo J. O'Donovan
In honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Spanish master El Greco, significant exhibi
From Argentina with Love
Peter Steinfels
Three biographies of Pope Francis
The Death Railroad
Diane Scharper
'The Narrow Road to the Deep North,' by Richard Flanagan

Columns and Departments

The Word
Waiting on Hope
John W. Martens
The Word
Fulfillment of Hope
John W. Martens
Faith in Focus
Everyday Sacraments
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Life’s Second Half
James Martin, SJ
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.
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Our readers
Of Other Things
Love and Death in New Jersey
Raymond A. Schroth
Vatican Dispatch
Call to Conversion
Gerard O'Connell