The National Catholic Review

December 21, 2009

Vol. 201 No. 20Whole No. 4879 Download PDF

Editorials

Current Comment
The Gender Gap; Christmas Commerce: Original Altruism
A Simple Contemplation
In these difficult times, what might the experiences of the Holy Family say to us in our world?

Articles

Parish Revival
Bruce Cecil

What Catholics can learn from Protestant megachurches

Books and Culture

Art
Object of Devotion
Gregory Waldrop

For centuries worshippers had credited the “Madonna della Strada” in Rome with healing powers, though no one called it an artistic masterpiece.

Books
Common Good Sense
John A. Coleman

Michael Sandel wants us to think of ourselves as citizens, not just consumers.

Books
The Sun Rises in the East
Peter R. Beckman

Is it really inevitable that China will rule the world?

Film
No God. No Problem?
John P. McCarthy

The hope and solace provided by "The Lovely Bones" is fleeting at best--secular humanism with special effects.

Television
What is Justice?
Thomas J. Massaro

Students in Michael Sandel’s class accept with studied nonchalance ethical choices at which Catholic ministry students rightly shudder.