The National Catholic Review

September 29, 2003

Vol. 189 No. 9Whole No. 4623



There is a sense of relief in Boston, and in the rest of the country as well, now that the Archdiocese of Boston has finally settled the suits filed against it by the victims of sexual abuse.


John F. Kavanaugh

Recently I presented a short reflection on academic integrity to some faculty members at Saint Louis University.

The Lay Vocation and Voice of theFaithful
Thomas P. Rausch

One unanticipated effect of the sexual abuse scandal that has been convulsing the Catholic Church in the United States is a growing realization on the part of the laity of how little real say they

Snake Eyes or a Seven?
Richard A. McGowan

William Bennett’s gambling habits and million-dollar losses initiated a short-lived national discussion of the morality of gambling and its addictive character.

Is Nuclear Deterrence Still Moral?
Nancy Small

Twenty years ago, the Doomsday Clock, a well-known barometer of how close the world was to nuclear holocaust, stood at three minutes before the fateful midnight hour.

The Man Born Blind
Katherine Schneider

It happened one too many times. My Seeing Eye dog and I went to church and heard another totally uninspiring homily about John 9, the story of the man born blind.

Books and Culture

Visionary and Moral Tales
Thomas R. Murphy
So far, the 21st century has witnessed a remarkable resurgence of anti-American feeling around the world.
Angelic Doctor
Stephen J. Pope
Aidan Nichols presents a brief, accessible and clear introduction to the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Gulag Erin
Richard A. Blake
Given the choice between dental surgery without anesthetic and The Magdalene Sisters, call your dentist for an appointme

Columns and Departments

The Word
We Can't Really Live Alone
Dianne Bergant
Faith in Focus
Art in America
George M. Anderson
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson
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