The National Catholic Review



  • December 7-14, 2015
    Out of the Spotlight

    Re “ The Big Dig ,” by Maurice Timothy Reidy (11/16): As a priest and native of Boston who happened to be visiting family there when The Boston Globe began its “Spotlight” coverage, I am not sure I will be watching this movie. I hope I am wrong, but I am willing to wager that it will not include the material that makes it clear that upwards of 90 percent of all...

  • November 30, 2015
    Puerto Rico’s Problems

    Re “ Help for Puerto Rico ,” (Current Comment, 11/9): The government solution to Puerto Rico’s problems in the 1950s was to provide generous tax incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture on the island. But government incentives can be capricious, and they very frequently come to an unhappy end. Wait until they stop paying investment...

  • November 23, 2015
    Model of Discourse

    Re “ Keep It Civil ,” by Bryan Vincent (11/2): I welcome Bryan Vincent’s thoughtful analysis of the current trends in American civic discourse. With a few reservations, I find he presents a sensible way of convincing our fellow citizens of the correctness and appropriateness of our various pro-life positions. I do find it ironic, however, that within our churches...

  • November 16, 2015
    Place of Privilege

    Re “Breathing Space,” by Alex Mikulich (10/26): Thank you for this very powerful article. As an African-American woman who has taught in Jesuit schools for 14 years, I appreciate Mr. Mikulich’s acknowledgment of white privilege in Jesuit institutions. Many Jesuit schools offer wonderful opportunities to students of color, but often the students’ ability to cope...

  • November 9, 2015
    Islam in Review

    I was deeply troubled by Bill Williams’s review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic ( “At a Crossroads,” 10/19). Neither the book nor the review sheds light on Islam; rather, they play into Americans’ fears and misunderstandings. In calling for “Islamic reformation,” Ms. Ali cherry-picks Quranic verses and interprets them out of context, focuses solely on violent...

  • November 2, 2015
    The Humble Truth

    Re “Doctrinal Challenges,” by Peter Folan, S.J. (10/12): I find it interesting that Jesus was able to launch all of Christianity in just a few years, an achievement beyond comparison in the Western world, without much if any reference to sophisticated intellectual theology. His genius seemed to be his ability to share profound truths about the human condition...

  • October 26, 2015
    Tribunal Changes

    Re “Family Matters, Part 2,” (Editorial, 10/5): Having discussed Pope Francis’ recent reforms to the annulment process with a former member of an archdiocesan tribunal, it seems there are three major changes, not all of which, in his opinion, are for the good.

    First, the removal of a second review is a good change, whose...

  • October 19, 2015
    Exposing Euthanasia

    “Tired of Living” (9/21), by John Conley, S.J., regarding euthanasia in the Netherlands, is on target. But there’s trouble here in the United States as well. Dr. William Toffler, a physician in Portland, Ore., in a Wall Street Journal op-ed (8/18), recently exposed the dark side of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, which has been put forward as a model for...

  • October 12, 2015
    Conversion in Cuba

    Re “A Tale of Two Countries,” by Miguel Díaz (9/21): It is beautiful and appropriate to wax poetic about mercy. We should all abide by these timeless truths. Yet the call of Christ is conversion. To simply plead for mercy in Cuba while not demanding conversion of the Castros misses the mark. If they refuse to convert, we cannot reward Cuba with tourism. Argentina’s...

  • October 5, 2015
    The Missing Half

    Mention of the ordination of women to the priesthood was conspicuously absent from the letters that were chosen to deliver to the pope, or at least the topic was not mentioned in “Dear Pope Francis,” by Elizabeth Groppe (9/14). I am certain Pope Francis is not so foolish as to think that women have abandoned the idea so that it does not need to be continuously...