The National Catholic Review

Opinion

  • July 6-13, 2015

    A Senate Vote Against Torture

  • July 6-13, 2015

    The late Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., a frequent contributor to these pages, is remembered in more scholarly circles for his most famous work, Models of the Church, a postconciliar examination of the principal ways in which Catholics describe the essential identity of the church.

  • July 6-13, 2015

    This column is about broken precedents.

  • July 6-13, 2015

    Pope Francis surprised the world when, speaking to an international gathering of priests in Rome on June 12, he announced that the Catholic Church was “ready to renounce” its method of calculation of the date of Easter in order to reach an agreement with the Orthodox Church, so that all Christian churches can celebrate Easter on the same day.

  • July 6-13, 2015

    ‘I’m writing a teenage symphony to God,” Brian Wilson told guests gathered at his home for dinner in late 1966. The leader, songwriter and producer of the Beach Boys was fresh off the success of the groundbreaking single “Good Vibrations”—the biggest hit of his career—and the album “Pet Sounds,” which was hailed by critics as a pop masterpiece.

  • July 6-13, 2015

    It will take years to take the full measure of “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment, and assess its impact.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    The conference on nuclear disarmament at the United Nations ended on May 22 not with a bang but a whimper. After weeks of wrangling, the review conference on the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which convenes every five years, had at its tepid close little to show in the way of accomplishment—again.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    Pope Francis is onto something in his recent linking of the crisis of faith to the crisis in the alliance of the man and the woman and the radical task this link implies. This insight is as old as Genesis; but, as usual, Francis brings old truths to life in new and straightforward ways.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    Since the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death at the end of the federal trial against him for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, I have been thinking a lot about the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I think it needs to be updated.

  • June 22-29, 2015

    Pope Francis returns to South America on July 6; and, consistent with his preferential option for the poor, he has chosen to visit the three poorest countries in the region: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay.

    This is his second visit to the continent of his birth since becoming pope, but the first of his own choosing. The visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day in July 2013 had been planned before his election; he respected...