The National Catholic Review

In All Things

A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.

May 2015

  • May 21 2015 - 1:43pm
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    NEW YORK, NY – The boards of trustees of America Media and of the Saint Thomas More Chapel and Center at Yale University are pleased to announce that Philip J. Metres III has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters.

  • May 21 2015 - 9:02am
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    Washington, D.C. Ecumenical officers, bishops, scholars, students and interested parties from the Jewish, Muslim and Catholic communities have been meeting at the Catholic University of America to honor the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II’s epochal document on interreligious dialogue. From time to time, a speaker has risen above reviewing the history of the respective dialogues or spelling out the current agenda between the faiths, to ask about dialogue...

  • May 20 2015 - 9:25am
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    Folks interested in some different perspectives on Romero's life, death, impact, and "meaning for the rest of us" might profit from the following articles and essays.

  • May 20 2015 - 8:18am
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    Rosario Rodriguez (photo provided)

    Rosario Rodriguez is a Los Angeles-based Catholic speaker and survivor of two violent crimes who has spent most of her life working in the US, Canada, Mexico and the UK. Her work has included inner-city youth, campus ministry, pro-life work, CCD/RCIA, and outreach to...

  • May 18 2015 - 8:08pm
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    These past few days I have had to resist the temptation to pack too early for my trip to San Salvador for the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero this weekend (I will be posting updates here from Thursday through Monday).

  • May 18 2015 - 11:48am
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    Man holds sign reading 'Death penalty is murder' outside trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber.

    My first reaction to the Friday morning headlines that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been condemned to death by the Boston jury for his role in bombing the Boston Marathon was anger — an emotion I more or less put on hold many years ago and which very rarely surfaces. The second was sadness.

  • May 18 2015 - 10:15am
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    Does Don Draper find spiritual enlightenment in the series finale of “Mad Men”?

    Does he realize, thanks to listening to another person's experiences, that he has been loved all along?

    Does he recognize, through his tears for Betty, that he has been able to love?

    Does his desperate phone call to Peggy remind him that someone cares about him?

    Or does his last, faint, enigmatic smile on the beach mean that he has just come up with the 1970s Coke ad that concluded the...

  • May 17 2015 - 8:41am
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    Cambridge, MA. This is an in-between time in the academic calendar. Classes have ended, but exams are being written and papers finished, and the final push on grading is still to come. Professors like me are not on summer holiday, to be sure, but neither are we as busy as we were during the hectic weeks of the semester; and we know that we will be very busy again before the students graduate and summer truly begins. Some of our students have had a wonderful year; a few have suffered too much...

  • May 15 2015 - 7:16am
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    DETERMINED TO PURSUE CO-DETERMINATION: In an update on a storyline central to Thomas Geoghegan’s recent book Only One Thing Can Save Us (see America review here), the United Auto Workers union has presented a draft proposal for a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant...

  • May 14 2015 - 2:05pm
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    On Sunday Pope Francis will elevate to the rank of saint two religious women who lived and died in the Holy Land, Miriam Bawardy, a Carmelite nun, and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, a co-founder of Jerusalem’s Rosary Sisters. An apostolic congregation, the Rosary Sisters now minister throughout the Middle East.

  • May 13 2015 - 8:45am
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    Leah Darrow (photo provided)

    Leah Darrow is an American Catholic speaker, author, and former professional model based in Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two children. Before her reality television debut on America’s Next Top Model in 2004, and her career as a model, she earned a bachelor’...

  • May 12 2015 - 3:04pm
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    One of the more demanding and absorbing conversations I have been part of was a recent discussion of polarization in the American Catholic Church. Held at the University of Notre Dame, our gathering included sociologists, ethicists, theologians, bishops, students and others.

  • May 9 2015 - 8:40pm
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    We have many teachers in our lives, and I remember my first one very well. She has always been very special to me and encouraged me in every way. As she taught, she did so with great patience and fortitude and with an equally great and fervent faith, not only in her charge—me—but also in God. And while she might have only had a National School certificate from a small country village in the west of Ireland, the lessons she taught loomed large—and still does.

  • May 8 2015 - 5:50pm
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    Retired baseball commissioner Fay Vincent has had his own experiences with tough disciplinary calls, but on his two most famous cases—those of Cincinnati Red Pete Rose and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner—wrongdoing was never in doubt. “It was just a question of the punishment,” he says.

    He worries the case, such as it is so far, being made against Superbowl Champion Tom Brady makes a far messier proposition for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

  • May 8 2015 - 5:07pm
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    In an op-ed defending PEN American Center’s choice to give the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo an award for courage in free expression, the president and executive director of PEN praise “Charlie Hebdo’s bravery in defending the right to be disrespectful.” 

  • May 8 2015 - 4:19pm
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    The chapel of Divine Providence Hospital in El Salvador is one of the most visited places by local and foreign pilgrims. They come wishing to learn more about Archbishop Oscar Romero, the controversial archbishop who has become a Salvadoran icon.

  • May 8 2015 - 2:49pm
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    It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome.

    The theological movement that focused on the poor emerged out of the church’s social justice ferment in the 1960s, but it was always viewed by conservatives as an irredeemably Marxist version of the gospel.

    Worse, they said it was a tool of Soviet communists who were using the Roman Catholic Church to foment revolution...

  • May 7 2015 - 3:13pm
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    Business magazines seldom decry the mistreatment of workers, but even Fortune Magazine was agog when a Workers’ Memorial Day report from the AFL-CIO showed that employers responsible for a fatal accident paid a median penalty of only $5,050.  It’s a pretty shocking number, for sure, but you can easily check out what kind of fines firms are paying...

  • May 7 2015 - 2:51pm
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    That Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment will be an important event for both the church and global civil society is abundantly clear in the very public jostling to disarm and discredit it before its release.

  • May 7 2015 - 1:57pm
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    As this is being written, the general election of 2015 will have been concluded in Britain; the voters will have cast their votes and a long night will await those who have campaigned incessantly in the five-week period leading up to this day.

  • May 6 2015 - 9:50am
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    Judy McDonald with her service dog Daisy (NICK ABADILLA PHOTOGRAPHY: courtesy USD Magazine)

    Judy McDonald is an American Catholic stand-up comedienne based in San Diego, Calif. Since 1994 she has performed her faith-based stand-up routine in TV shows, military bases, conferences, comedy clubs and parishes.

  • May 5 2015 - 3:03pm
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    In the fifth installment of "The Living Word" lecture series, University of Notre Dame scholar and author Msgr. John P. Meier will present "Unfashionable Views on the Parables of Jesus."

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:30pm

    America Bible Society

    1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

    Reception to follow.

    The event is free and open to the public. Please respond by May 15 to Margaret Sarci:...

  • May 5 2015 - 9:42am
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    I’ve had troubles with work for a long time. In the 1960s my struggles to get into graduate school as a wife and mother alerted me to feminist discrimination in the system. Today women still face difficulties in the workplace but other problems also plague our work world. I see my grown children and their peers battling to get a foothold in careers with a future. Middle-aged friends are hit with sudden unemployment when they are downsized by companies that merge, close down or move away.

  • May 4 2015 - 1:09pm
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    On Tuesday, April 28, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that will decide whether the U.S. constitution requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and/or requires states to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state. To answer these questions, the court must first come to a consensus on the...

  • May 1 2015 - 7:21pm
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    “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

    James Baldwin first said these words over 60 years ago; and these words were on my mind as I once again marched along with my fellow New Yorkers on Wednesday night. This time, we marched in honor of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American killed while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. Baldwin’s call for national reflection...

  • May 1 2015 - 10:47am
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    On April 29, New York City government officials, community organizers and allies against sexual violence gathered on the steps of City Hall for the 17th annual Denim Day. The event sounds like the name of a Levis jeans cyber-sale, but the actual background may startle you—or at least, I hope it does.