The National Catholic Review

January 18-25, 2016

Vol. 214 No. 2Whole No. 5114 Download PDF


Put Students First

The public school teachers’ union voted overwhelmingly in mid-December to go on strike.

Peace Through Mercy

In World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis reminds us: “God is not indifferent!”

U.S. Weapons Over Yemen

The U.S. could be morally categorized as an accessory to coalition’s possible war crimes

Working for Women

Despite America’s commitment to freedom and liberty, women are not afforded “their rightful place as citizens of the world’s leading economy.”


A City Under Fire
Judith Valente
Can Chicago offer an example of a path away from gun violence?
Teacher, Heal Thyself
Raymond A. Schroth
Fixing the nation’s education crisis requires elementary thinking.
From Churches to Church
Thomas P. Rausch
Assessing the movement toward Christian unity
Saving Syria
Michael Peppard
ISIS seeks to control the country’s future by destroying its Christian past.

Books and Culture

A Mother’s Love
Dennis Vellucci
'The Mare,' by Mary Gaitskill
Of and for the Poor
Paul Lakeland
Fernando Cardenal, S.J., whose work for the Sandinista government led to his dismissal from the Society, died on Saturday.
Worse Than It Seems
Kyle Kramer
'The Reproach of Hunger,' by David Rieff
A Road Not Traveled
John Anderson
While ostensibly a comedy, “The Lady in the Van” is also a profoundly serious movie.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Proclaim the Good Word
John W. Martens
The Word
What Is Love?
John W. Martens
Faith in Focus
Competing Together
Matthew Wooters, S.J.
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.
Reply All
Our readers
Washington Front
A Path for the New Year
John Carr
Of Other Things
Bill McGarvey
Vatican Dispatch
Pope of Mercy
Gerard O'Connell