National Catholic Reporter

The National Catholic Reporter is a Catholic newsweekly. It was founded in 1964 and is published 44 times a year by National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company Inc.Subjects include religion. The editor is Thomas Roberts.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 41, September 22

A Mother Grieves in a Parallel Universe
Though I ought to be shocked by yet another explosion in Baghdad or Beirut, the truth is, the news usually registers with a flicker of disgust and despair; then I move on. I suppose it's overload--I can't really fathom what this incremental body count...
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Catholic Hospitals to Report on 'Community Benefit'
It's Capitol Hill 101: When the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee hints that he is considering taking away billions of dollars in tax benefits from your industry, it's wise to do what you can to get in his good graces. That's exactly what...
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Citizen Diplomacy in Iran: Peace Group Finds a Culture That Belies Many American Presumptions
The crisis over the development of Iran's nuclear capability is complex. Although the evidence suggests that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapons program, the Western media subtly imply that Iran's intentions are aggressive--and nuclear....
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Coalition Begins Campaign to End Iraq War
A coalition of 350 peace groups--half of them religious--have given the Bush administration and congressional leaders until Sept. 21 to develop a comprehensive plan for troop withdrawal from Iraq and support for an Iraqi-led peace process. If the deadline...
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Fighting the Muslims to the Last Israeli: An Unnecessary War in Lebanon, Encouraged by Bush, Is a Setback for Israeli Security
In the weeks since the end of Israel's 35-day war against Lebanon, it has become increasingly apparent that in addition to the damage wrought upon the Lebanese people, the war has been an enormous setback for Israel's legitimate security interests...
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Immigration Seen through a New Lens
It is often said that the Catholic social justice tradition is one of the church's best kept secrets. It is one of the ways the Gospels mean something in the world and the way that believers flesh out faith in real ways. Perhaps it is not as well-known...
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Jesus' Mother Gains Spiritual, Iconic Import
For Hollywood screenwriters, it's all about character. Even when you're writing about the mother of Jesus. "Character drives the story," said Mike Rich, the Portland, Ore., screenwriter whose films include "Finding Forrester," "The Rookie" and "Radio."...
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Newly Ordained Are Older, More Diverse, Study Says
According to a new study, the current generation of recently ordained priests is older and more culturally diverse than 15 years earlier. The major theological influence on newer priests' lives was Pope John Paul II. German Jesuit Fr. Karl Rahner,...
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Papal Trip More Pastoral Than Political
When Pope John Paul II first returned to Poland in 1979, he boldly stood in Warsaw's Victory Square and prayed that the Holy Spirit would "renew the face of the earth, of this earth," pointing to Polish soil. It was a bold challenge to a clear enemy,...
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Religious Publisher Causes Uproar; Theologian's Book Contends Bush Administration Was Complicit in Sept. 11 Events
A denominational press published a controversial book by a theologian in July that has raised the ire of many within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Westminster John Knox Press, a division of Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, printed 7,500 copies...
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Russian-Born Nashville Artist Commissioned to Paint Pope Benedict
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Looking out the front picture window of his home, Igor Babailov takes in the sweeping view of the rolling green hills below. "The best artist in the world is God; look at this beauty," he said. "The design of all this is total harmony."...
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Starting Point
We are blessed. We live under church bells. Three times a day they stop us in our tracks and remind us who's Who. How do they do this time after time, every time, without ever losing us or boring us? With three single gongs sounded breathlessly apart...
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Survey Shows Evangelicals Undercounted
For years, researchers have thought the number of people unaffiliated with religion has been on the rise. But new research from Baylor University says some people who were thought to be disconnected are actually in the pews --they're just not linked...
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The Monk and the Corporate CEO
When Kenny Moore was leading the ascetic life of a monk for 15 years, he didn't know he was in training for a successful corporate career. It wasn't until he left the priesthood and took a job in human resources at KeySpan that he found out just how...
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Three Men with Whom I'd like to Spend the High Holidays
During the upcoming Jewish High Holidays--Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement)--Jews will gather in large numbers in synagogues throughout-the world to participate in special services that welcome the religious year, 5767....
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U.S. and Iran: A Tangled History
Iran is developing nuclear technology with the intent of manufacturing nuclear weapons. Iran's president is a fanatic who feeds on religious extremism and hates Jews and wants to see Israel gone from the face of the earth. Iran supplies terrorist groups...
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U.S. Helped Create Migrant Flow; Labor Demands of Two World Wars, NAFTA Inequities Drew Workers across Border
As Congress considers building a 300-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to "protect" us from the country that is also our second-largest trading partner, history reminds us that we share much of the responsibility for today's immigration flows. ...
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What Tim Russert Should Have Asked Dick Cheney
Dick ("We'll be greeted as liberators") Cheney appeared on "Meet the Press" Sept. 10. It was a moment for Tim Russert, the NBC asker, to pose some questions that would have brought about that movement grandmaster Bobby Fischer referred to when he said...
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Wishing 'So Long' to Katie Couric
From the moment CBS News announced that its new anchorperson--its public face, the one who would guarantee that what was known as the "Tiffany Network" would be true to its tradition--was NBC "Today" show's Katie Couric, it launched a public relations...
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Women's Issues Take Long Time to Gain Church Recognition
The Korean Catholic bishops' Subcommittee For Women, set up five years ago to empower women in the local church, has made steady progress, even though some of its members have found the pace frustrating. "The women's subcommittee almost stopped...
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