The National Catholic Review

April 22, 2013

Vol. 208 No. 13Whole No. 5008 Download PDF


Current Comment

The new pope might consider the cause of Oscar Romero with renewed seriousness.

The Austerity Trap

Why are some in Washington starstruck by austerity, a bad idea whose time has not come?


Mass Evangelization
Scott W. Hahn
Sharing faith with the Eucharist
Do This In Memory of Me
Robert P. Imbelli
Vatican II calls us to a renewed realization of the primacy of Christ.

Books and Culture

The 'Secret Encyclical'
Giuliana Chamedes
The story of how an American Jesuit helped shape Pius XI's condemnation of Nazism.
A High Keening
Kelly Cherry
Louise Glück has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Book Award
A War of the 1 Percent
John Matteson
Bruce Levine’s study of Confederate society seeks to correct the errors of generations past.
When Satire Sours
Dennis O'Brien
Al Capp was as much a celebrity as L'il Abner, one of his chief creations.
A Tale of Two Thomases
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
Anyone who has visited the Frick Museum in New York and entered the main parlor, whose walls are hung wi
Nothing like Kansas
John Anderson
If it only had a brain, one is tempted to suggest, Oz the Great and Powerful might have been as

Columns and Departments

The Word
Love Without Ceasing
John W. Martens
Faith in Focus
Other Gods
Richard B. Patterson
The Downloadable Wasteland
Kevin Clarke
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.
A Fallen Bird's Nest
Jim Nawrocki
State of the Question
Our readers
Washington Front
A Pope of the Poor
John Carr