The National Catholic Review

September 11, 2006

Vol. 195 No. 6Whole No. 4743


Current Comment
Defying the Rules of WarIn this issue, George A. Lopez argues that the war on terror has led us into a no man’s land of Dirty Harry ethics.
Politics and Terror
As the nation prepares to observe the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, national security is poised to become once again the central issue in the electoral season.


The Ethical Legacy of Dirty Harry
George A. Lopez

Pundits have been busy since mid-summer speculating about “where we are” five years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Abortion and Public Policy
Blase J. Cupich

Voters will decide the fate of the nearly total ban on abortions that was recently passed overwhelmingly by the South Dakota Legislature and signed by that state’s governor, Mike Rounds.

Alarm Bells in the East
Drew Christiansen

I have been anguishing over the fate of Christians in the Middle East.

Where Have We Been?
James Martin, SJ
When I left the World Trade Center in October 2001, after working there for several weeks alongside fellow Jesuits and other volunteers, I wondered what would become not only of the physical site but

Books and Culture

En-Gulfed in Disaster
Kristin Shrader-Frechette
Years ago my husband and I spent a grim, rainy day at the former Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany.
Beyond the Self
Emilie Griffin
I owe a great deal to Henri J. M. Nouwen. His writing, which I first discovered in the 1970’s, helped clarify the spiritual life for me.
War? Crime? Emergency?
Kimberly E. O'Leary
In his new book, Before the Next Attack, Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman takes a complex constitutional proposal directly to the Am
There Is No Plan
Richard A. Blake
One scene in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center encapsulated the entire film for me.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Accepting Suffering
Daniel J. Harrington
Faith in Focus
Life After Death Is Not a Red Herring
Stafford Betty
The Ethics of Risk
Maryann Cusimano Love
Touching the Tears
Margaret Silf
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Jim McDermott
Enclosures of Violence
Osvaldo Pol