The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • I went to Detroit last week looking for the concrete, for the tangible stuff I’d heard was there—guerrilla farms carved into abandoned lots, foreclosed homes turned into communes and other such peeks into the apocalyptic future that maybe other cities have coming their way when the American dream abandons them, too. Those were there all right.

  • Cambridge, MA. As readers of this blog know, I occasionally post a reflection related to a homily I’ve just given on a given Sunday, in the parish where I help out. Preaching of necessity clarifies my thinking, and though I never write out a homily, I don’t mind sharing it with you. But for this coming Sunday, Oct. 26 (30th Sunday of Year A), there is an interesting challenge in the first reading, on which I have decided to seek your input several days in advance. Namely, we have...

  • This is part three of a three-part series on Catholic colleges and universities led today by lay leaders after a history of priests or women religious at their helms. Read Part 1 on Trinity University Washington here and part 2 on the Catholic University of America...

  • This is part one of a three-part series on Catholic colleges and universities led today by lay leaders after a history of priests or women religious at their helms. Read Part 1 on Trinity University Washington here.

    John Garvey, The Catholic University of America

  • Alice von Hildebrand is a Belgian-born Catholic philosopher who retired from the classroom in 1984 after teaching at Hunter College in New York City for 37 years.

  • The recent two-week synod on the family has been an educational effort similar to that surrounding the Second Vatican Council and the U.S. bishops’ pastorals on peace and the economy. It led to hundreds of stories in media, prompted both sides of debates to make their cases on such neuralgic issues as receiving Holy Communion after divorce and remarriage and openness to lesbians and gays.

    It brought a degree of transparency even to those more comfortable hunkering down behind closed...

  • This is part one of a three-part series on Catholic colleges and universities led today by lay leaders after a history of priests or women religious at their helms.

    Catholic colleges and universities enroll an estimated 810,000 students, according to the Official Catholic Directory. For decades, and for some institutions for over a century, heads of these organizations have been members of religious orders that founded them. Others have been led by clergy.

  • Over two October days, I
    attended a Flannery O’Connor forum
    in which enough people attended to make up a quorum.
     
    I learned many things which I didn’t know before
    about prayer and writing and everything in between—
    About how Flannery saw it all in her prayers sight unseen,
    how she wanted to be a great writer and a great pray-er
    and her struggle to combine both for her eternal
    Happiness....
  • A guest post from Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, the English language assistant to the Holy See Press Office at the Vatican, and served as English-language spokesperson at the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome. 

  • Israel-Gaza still smolders. The op-ed pages, news stories and recent books still argue about the outcome of the war. Some even suggest that Gaza, with its 2000 dead, has won because it withstood Israel’s overwhelming land and air attack. Other commentators toy with despair because peace seems nowhere on the horizon.