The National Catholic Review

In All Things

  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Islamic State militants terrorizing the Middle East are a distortion of “genuine” Islam much as the Irish Republican Army was a “perversion” of Catholicism.

    Dolan’s comments to CNN on March 3 reflect similar statements about the Islamic State group from Pope Francis, but they also echo some of President Obama’s controversial remarks on Islam, Christianity and the history of violence carried out in the name...

  • Elizabeth Scalia is an American Catholic editor, writer, speaker and managing editor of the Catholic portal at, where she blogs as The Anchoress. Ms.

  • Part the First

    Recently I heard the author Tobias Wolff read from his short story, “In the Garden of the North American Martyrs.” In the last lines of the story a woman is giving a lecture to students at a renowned college in upstate New York. She is also calling out a group of arrogant and patronizing professors observing the class. “You have deceived yourselves in the pride of your hearts, and the strength of your arms,” declares the woman, Mary. “Though you soar aloft like the...

  • If an academic pedigree is an indication, the hierarchy of the U.S. bishops took a big step forward with the promotion of Auxiliary Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Francisco to Bishop of San Diego on March 3. News of the appointment was broken by blogger Rocco Palmo, March 2.

  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., agreed to address questions on criticisms of Pope Francis, political responsibilities as the archbishop of the nation’s capital and the forthcoming Synod on the Family in October. 

  • As the Vatican prepares for the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Oct. 4 to 25, various individuals and groups are offering input on issues they want the synod to address. I asked several U.S. Catholic pastors and other experts to note issues on which people go to clergy for help.

    Most emphasized family relationships more than the theological questions that certainly underlie the issues. The need for permanence in marriage stands out, for example.

  • As state legislatures across the nation have opened for their 2015 sessions, some (such as Wisconsin and West Virginia) are debating so-called "right-to-work" laws. These laws do not, of course, give anyone a right to a job. Rather, they create a special "right" for workers to refuse union membership even after a majority of their co-workers have voted to form a union. This creates a perverse incentive: any individual worker can enjoy all the benefits of union contracts while shirking dues...

  • Cambridge, MA. In promising to offer more or less weekly reflections on “the Bhagavad Gita in Lent,” I had imagined staying with chapter 2, which I sampled briefly in my first entry earlier in the week; I am sure I will return to it. But it is also valuable to stay closer to the rhythms of Lent, and more particularly, to the Sunday readings (Year B). How can we read the Gita on Sundays?

  • On Feb. 26 Father Theodore Hesburgh, the longest serving president of Notre Dame University one the most influential priests in the history of the American church, passed away at the age of 97. He was known, among many other things, as an innovator in Catholic higher education. 

  • “Drew, wait up, how are you?” The voice shouted to me as I was leaving a burial at Notre Dame’s Holy Cross cemetery. The burial was for Fr. Bill Lewers, C.S.C., a former provincial of the Congregation of Holy Cross and my predecessor once-removed as director of the bishops’ conference’s Office of International Justice and Peace. I turned around to see who was hailing me. It was Notre Dame’s emeritus president, Fr. Ted Hesburgh.