The National Catholic Review

December 7-14, 2015

Vol. 213 No. 18Whole No. 5111 Download PDF


Staring Down Terror
Editors: There are no easy choices, but a few bad examples

The perhaps most treacherous mistake in the aftermath of the Paris attacks is to be deceived by the glamour of retribution.

Reconciliation at Georgetown

Georgetown’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation seeks “to foster a creative response to this shameful part of our history.”

He Did Not Fear Death

To the end, John Schlegel, S.J., was teaching his public how to die well.

You Were Once Aliens

The clear linking of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris to Islamic State strongholds sparked a heated debate over whether to turn away Syrian refugees.


The Lessons of Paris
Pierre de Charentenay
The language of war will not help fight terrorism.
Who Is He to Judge?
Brandon R. Peterson
Magisterial authority in the modern world
Singing About The Dark Times
Philip Metres
A writer’s Advent journal
Proclaim the Jubilee
Marc Tumeinski
Reviving an ancient biblical practice for the Year of Mercy

Books and Culture

There’s No Business Like…
Michael V. Tueth
'Joy Ride,' by John Lahr
United in Death
Claire Schaeffer-Duffy
'We Are All Children of God,' by Zacharie Bukuru
Sinatra’s Century
Bill McGarvey
Sinatra invites us to participate in an act of the imagination in which we are aware of our limitations and yet, at the same time, believe that we are not defined by them.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Embrace the Smallness
John W. Martens
The Word
Prepare to Rejoice
John W. Martens
Faith in Focus
Under the Gun
Brittany Conkle
The Princess Next Door
Margot Patterson
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.
St. Brendan Celebrates
Ruth Saxey-Reese
Reply All
Our readers
Generation Faith
People of the Street
Maggie McConnaha
Of Other Things
Pathfinding in Spain
Ashley McKinless
Vatican Dispatch
The Votes Are In
Gerard O'Connell