The National Catholic Review

April 12, 2010

Vol. 202 No. 12Whole No. 4890 Download PDF


Current Comment
The Bishops and Health Care; Census Controversy
The Millstone
The church needs to respond to the burgeoning sexual abuse crisis with the urgency it demands.


David Cortright
Reviving the nuclear nonproliferation agenda
The Pastor's Toolbox
Thomas J. Healey, John Eriksen
How your parish can get down to business

Books and Culture

A Soulful Pray-er
Vincent D. Rougeau
Thea Bowmans struggle to open the Catholic Church to African-American spirituality.
Urbanity in the Wilderness
Gerald T. Cobb
T.C. Boyles newest collection of short stories in one way or another feature lost or threatened souls.
Living Outside Time
Matthew Weiner
'The Sabbath World' makes a compelling case that a little downtime benefits everyone.
In the Gloaming
John P. McCarthy
Though it may scare you at times, the film “The Eclipse” ultimately bestows a sense of tranquility.
Rob Weinert-Kendt

Columns and Departments

The Word
Arms Outstretched
Barbara E. Reid
The Word
Washed in the Blood
Barbara E. Reid
Baselines of Faith
John J. DiIulio, Jr.
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
George M. Anderson

Web Only

  Taking Responsibility
Thomas J. Reese
When the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded in the United States, most Vatican officials and European churchmen considered it an American problem. Then when Canada and Ireland experienced a similar crisis, it became an “English speaking” problem. Rather than seeing the crisis in the United States as a warning to put their own houses in order, too many European bishops continued with business as usual, believing that the crisis would not touch them. Now that the crisis has arrived in Europe, what can the European bishops and the Vatican learn from the U.S. experience? Begin with the context. The sexual abuse crisis did not start in Boston; it first came to public attention in the mid-1980s with a court case in Lafayette, La. The crisis was covered by the National Catholic Reporter long before the Boston Globe noticed it. It was in the mid-80s that insurance companies told bishops such cases would no longer be covered in their liability insurance. This should have gotten the attention of any prudent C.E.O.
  Cul-de-Sac Catholicism
Nicholas P. Cafardi
Why did the bishops fight health care reform until the end?
  Reexamining the Health Debate
Daniel DiNardo, William F. Murphy, John Wester
The U.S. bishops responds to 'Cul-de-Sac Catholicism'