The National Catholic Review


  • Over the past several months, the Catholic Book Club at America has considered recently published works about Jesus. In March, we read Christ Actually by James Carroll. The book inspired a great deal of discussion, much of which debated whether or not Mr. Carroll was a legitimate commentator on the life of Christ and the Catholic appropriation of revelation.

  • Kevin Clarke, author of "Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out," reflects on how the archbishop's ministry was grounded in the Beatitudes. 

  • Peter Schineller, S.J., talks about some of the metaphors of Jesus he has encountered—a bridge, a boat, a great thumb—while working as a missionary and a theologian.

  • On, there is an amazing statistic: 9,089 people reviewed or commented on Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Jesus.  The vast majority of these reviews are quite favorable.  The audible version of the book has 2,129 reviews or comments. There are around 700 reviews of the book on Barnes and Noble’s website. Just to put this into some perspective, only 321 customers commented on Benedict XVI’s trilogy about Jesus of Nazareth, and 545 Amazon customers...

  • Characteristic of our times are the many uses and abuses of the Bible. What is the meaning of a biblical passage and how do we find it? This question divides Christians into a variety of camps, often creating competition and hostility. To find common ground we must go back to the wisdom of the ancient church.

  • Peter Schineller, S.J., a theologian and former missionary, talks about what we can learn about Jesus from looking at his friends.

  • This is the third selection in our series of modern books about Jesus. You can find the first two selections and see future picks here

  • Beginning in December with Jim Martin’s book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, the Catholic Book Club at America will read and discuss recently published books on the person of Jesus Christ. The Book Club will consider a wide spectrum of perspectives that speculate on the historical Jesus in light of Scripture. We will discuss the following books:

  • Peter Schineller, S.J., explains why are we called to be Jesus' hands, heart, feet and ears in this world.

  • February 2, 2015

    I have cringed every time—during 45 years of studying and teaching Scripture in Catholic universities and dioceses—I heard Scripture being quoted out of context and used in support of any number of opposing positions. The Bible has been dragged into arguments to justify war and to argue for pacifism, to support slavery and to oppose it, to keep women “in their place” and to insist on their liberation, and most recently to support government programs...