The National Catholic Review

December 20, 2004

Vol. 191 No. 20Whole No. 4675


The Orient From on High
In the Liturgy of the Hours, the church salutes the expected Messiah as the Orient from on high (Lk 1:78).


Christmas Conscience
John F. Kavanaugh
On the weekend before Advent’s onset, CNN ran a special called The Fight Over Faith.
A Eucharistic Church
Avery Dulles

Karol Wojtyla has always had a deep eucharistic piety. In 2003 he released his most recent encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, emphasizing the bonds between the Eucharist and the church.

The G-Men and Me
Terry Joyce Darken
The image of the Christ Child wrapped in swaddling clothes in the straw-filled manger surrounded by nodding donkeys and loving, weary parents is so familiar to us, it is as though we were eyewitnesses

Books and Culture

Peter Heinegg
There’s a well-worn Yiddish story about a yeshiva bokher (seminarian) who defiantly informs his old rabbi that he has become an ap
We the (Faithful) People
Daniel J. Harrington
This illuminating and engaging book examines similarities and differences in the techniques employed to interpret the Christian Bible and
A Life of Depth and Mystery
Rachelle Linner
In Wonderful and Dark Is This Road, Emilie Griffin, the respected author or co-editor of 14 books (including Turning: Reflections
The End of Cinema
Richard A. Blake
Had I been writing this column 80 years ago, I would probably have lined up with those critics vigorously opposed to the talkies.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Family Ties
Dianne Bergant
The Word
What Do You Make of It?
Dianne Bergant
The Word
Come One, Come All!
Dianne Bergant
The Audition
William Greenway