The National Catholic Review

Of Many Things

  • May 25-June 1, 2015

    If you search for 417 Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, Calif., in Google Street View, you’ll get a picture of the spot where a U.S. presidential election was decided. Today this place is a modest semi-urban intersection, the sort of unremarkable confluence of concrete and steel you’d find in Anytown, U.S.A. In the summer of 1916, though, the Virginia Hotel stood there and was playing host to the Republican presidential nominee, Charles Evans Hughes.

  • May 18, 2015

    If someone handed this issue of America to Pope Francis and he was able to spare some precious minutes to read it, he would get a good idea of some of the major issues facing the U.S. church. That was the idea, at least, when we dreamed up this papal preview issue a few months ago. I have to say, after looking through it again, that I think we’ve largely succeeded in painting a portrait of the church Pope Francis will encounter during his pastoral...

  • May 11, 2015

    A mere half mile from the spot where Our Lord was born, nine children are born each day at Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem. Though it offers a full range of health care services, the hospital specializes in prenatal care and delivery. At the invitation of Pope John Paul II, the medical facility has been supported and administered since 1990 by the Knights of Malta and houses a...

  • May 4, 2015

    Matt Malone, S.J. is traveling abroad this week. Michael Rossmann, S.J., is the editor of The Jesuit Post.

    Just over three years ago, my friend Paddy called and asked if I wanted to be part of a new website that would deal with sacred and secular issues and everything in between. He envisioned it being about Jesus, politics and pop culture; about...

  • April 27, 2015

    The principal approach to Buckingham Palace, which Americans will know from its occasional use for royal wedding processions, is a relatively recent addition to London’s urban landscape.

  • April 13, 2015

    On March 28, America and St. Joseph’s Seminary welcomed Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, to the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York. You will recall that Father Spadaro was the person who interviewed Pope Francis last year on behalf of Civiltà and America as well as 14 other Jesuit journals around the world.

  • April 6, 2015

    One of the greatest Christian writers who ever lived is the unknown author of this ancient homily from the second century, a meditation on Holy Saturday. Happy Easter from the editors and staff of America.

  • March 30, 2015

    The work of John Courtney Murray, S.J., once an associate editor of this review, continues to dominate political theology in the United States.

  • March 23, 2015

    Once again the fate of the president’s signature domestic achievement is in the hands of the chief justice of the United States. That was clear enough last week when the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

  • March 16, 2015

    My first foray into Republican politics was in the winter of 1980, when George H. W. Bush was battling Ronald Reagan for the presidential nomination. At the invitation of Marty Flynn, a local Republican and an old Central Intelligence Agency chum, Mr. Bush made a whistle stop on Cape Cod en route to the New Hampshire primary. Well, it wasn’t literally a whistle stop, but rather a quick speech at the Red Coach Grille near Barnstable Municipal Airport. My...