The National Catholic Review



  • October 3, 2016
    Who are “Real” Catholics?

    Re Of Many Things , by Matt Malone, S.J. (9/12): Is the answer to “Who gets to say who real Catholics are?” not “the church”? Our Lord gave the church as the final arbiter in matters of sin between brothers, going so far as to say that if the accused would not listen to the church we are to treat him as a non-member of the community (cf. Mt 18:17)....

  • September 26, 2016
    An Open Invitation

    Superintendents and the National Catholic Educational Association respond to “Reinventing Catholic Schools,” by Charles Zech (8/29).

    Charles Zech fails to mention the incredible work being done in Catholic schools across the country today. As the superintendents of Catholic schools and the head of the National Catholic Educational...

  • September 19, 2016
    The Class System

    Re “Commending Phoebe” (Editorial, 8/29): While I am in strong favor of women's ordination to the diaconate, I fear this will only lead to expanding the “class system” that already seems to exist in the diaconate office. Already we have a distinctive separation in the diaconate. Deacons are classified as either “transitional” or “permanent” in order to distinguish clearly those deacons...

  • September 12, 2016
    Incompatible Positions

    Re “Defend the Hyde Amendment” (Editorial, 8/15): There is no such thing as a pro-life Democratic Party position. It was excluded from the party in 1992 when they refused to let Pennsylvania’s Gov. Bob Casey Sr. (a defendant in that year’s Supreme Court case, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey) speak at the Democratic National Convention. He...

  • August 29-September 6, 2016
    Not So Different

    In “Longing for Communion” (7/18), Timothy P. O’Malley presents an important view on our relationship as Catholics with Lutherans, Anglicans and Methodists and on our different approaches to the Eucharist. Many of the comments on this article take me back to discussions I was involved with as a younger student. Now I wonder how important these differences are. We are all...

  • August 15-22, 2016
    Union in Communion

    “Longing for Communion,” by Timothy P. O’Malley (7/18), presents the concrete situation confronted by many Catholic-Lutheran partners today in the United States. The starting point for a pastoral approach to these couples ought to be the union, however imperfect, that already exists between the Catholic and Lutheran churches, not the theological issues around the credentials...

  • August 1-8, 2016
    Who Are ‘They’?

    Re “Feminism Has Not Lost Its Soul,” by Helen Alvaré (7/4): I take little exception to the author’s general conclusions about the enduring political pandering to the ideologies of two generations ago. But the frequent apparent disinterest with which Professor Alvaré clumps whole globs of caricatured populations of “them” does not honor her main...

  • July 18-25, 2016
    Church Walls

    I could not agree more with Matt Malone, S.J., when he writes, “It will also be useful to have in Washington a diplomat who represents the vicar of Christ, the one who breaks down walls” ( Of Many Things, 6/20 ). I only wish the church had not built so many during its long tenure. It has been a very divisive force at times. I am thankful Pope Francis was elected since...

  • July 4-11, 2016
    Obama’s Missed Opportunity

    Re “Steering the Ship of State,” by Robert David Sullivan (6/6): This is not an objective look at our president’s legacy. President Obama has represented this country with grace, style and, for the most part, magnanimity. I have been grateful for his presence at all international events and for his contribution to race relations....

  • June 20-27, 2016
    A Gift to New Mothers

    Re “Life After Birth,” by Kerry Weber (5/23): Congratulations to Kerry Weber. My heart is with her. If only I had known, especially after my first child, that I was not alone. Indeed, it felt as though I was. My mother helped me, but she was not prepared to listen to my laments—many of which Ms. Weber eloquently describes in this column. After giving birth...