The National Catholic Review

Opinion

  • May 4, 2015

    Nearly 50 years after Pope Paul VI pleaded “No more war, war never again,” at the United Nations, his call remains as urgent as ever as members of the so-called P5-plus-1 group work to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. The members, led by the United States, hope that the details of a framework deal reached in early April will be hammered out by the end of June and that the terms will help to forestall a potentially disastrous arms race.

  • May 4, 2015

    Twelve years ago Pope John Paul II made a last-ditch effort to prevent the war in Iraq. After speaking out publicly and getting Holy See officials to speak with many governments, he sent his personal envoy to talk with President George W. Bush to prevent a war that the pope and his advisors foresaw would have disastrous consequences.

  • May 4, 2015

    The day is almost here: the beatification of Oscar Romero. Thirty-five years after his martyrdom, hordes of pilgrims will descend on El Salvador on May 23 to honor Romero’s life and witness. The archbishop of San Salvador was a “sign of contradiction” in every sense of the phrase, from the theological to the political to the commonsensical, and his devotees include many...

  • May 4, 2015

    First, they came for the intellectuals. On April 24, 1915, Turkish troops arrested 250 prominent Armenian journalists, professors and business leaders in Constantinople. They would not return.

  • May 4, 2015

    A Trafficking Jam

  • 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 news, though ground-breaking, went largely unnoticed. The Vatican has given its clearance to open the cause on May 3 for the canonization of Dom Hélder Câmara, the “bishop of the poor” and one of the most influential Latin American church leaders of the 20th century.

  • April 27, 2015

    There are huge risks to talking about women, qua women, in the church. Let me count the ways: generalizing, stereotyping, demeaning, ignoring marginalized women in favor of the privileged, putting women up on a pedestal in order to get them out of the way, ignoring history, shortchanging men and, let’s not forget, plain old getting it wrong.

    So forgive me for veering in any of these directions while trying mightily to avoid...

  • 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 27, 2015

    Mothers on Hunger Strike