The National Catholic Review


  • August is a spectacular month in the northeast of the United States. It is hot, the days are long, the ocean is warm enough for swimming, and the trees and shrubs wear a deep green.  Northeasterners know that this will not last, that just on the other side of a short autumn will be a grim winter. Yet, during August, there is still time to linger outside, to listen to baseball on the radio, and to read books that are truly, truly enjoyable.

  • A reflection from Meghan J. Clark of St. John's University on the Old and New Testament roots of Catholic social teaching.

  • “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, what is man that you are mindful of him, or the Son of Man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

  • At the dawn of the twentieth century, French film pioneers Lucien Nonguet and Ferdinand Zecca produced one of the world’s first feature length films. Its subject matter: the life of Christ.

  • June 8-15, 2015

    The data just keeps piling up. Since the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey from the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life first noted a substantial increase in the number of Americans reporting no religious affiliation, report after report has confirmed what religious leaders outside the evangelical resurgence of the 1980s had known for some time: checking “no religion” is increasingly normal in the United States.

  • 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.