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. 34, No. 23, April 10

Catholics, Jews Ponder Pius XII, 'Shoah.'(Vatican Document, 'We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah,' and Speculation about the Possible Influence of Pope Pius XII Had He Spoken out against the Nazi Killing of Jews)(Brief Article)
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Could Pope Pius XII have stopped the Holocaust by vigorously condemning the Nazis' killing of Jews? That is a question that Jews asked Catholics face to face March 23 under the lighted crucifix that forms the centerpiece...
Economic Stations Champion the World's Poor
D.C. marchers pause at global institutions during Way of Cross WASHINGTON -- On Good Friday, for the third year in a row, Christian activists will lug a heavy wooden cross through the streets of the nation's capital. They will pause for prayers on...
Eyebrows, Questions Raised by Kinder, Gentler Vatican
Forgive the average Catholic some confusion or at least some giant questions over recent reports from Rome. One can hardly avoid asking if the papacy is turning mellow with age. Or is the millennium ushering in a Jubilee -- a time of forgiveness...
Father Roy: Inside the School of Assassins
We have grown accustomed to seeing our nation's history revised, our leaders demystified and our foreign policy exposed after about 25 years, a decent interval that protects not only reputations but our own sensibilities from the shock of so much...
Funeral Giants, Church Make Two New Deals
Los Angeles -- Two new alliances between corporate funeral industry giants and Catholic institutions were announced last month, raising anew questions about the influence of private, for-profit entities over church life. The Tucson diocese announced...
Internet Bishop Sets Mouse on Injustice
If the name of Bishop Herbert Hermes sounds familiar, that may be because the Sept. 19, 1997, NCR carried a story about his work with the destitute in Brazil. The bishop, a Kansas-born Benedictine monk who has spent 35 years in Brazil, is back,...
Men with Guns
Primary Colors (Universal) is more a media event than a movie. It's hard to tell whether its rushed nationwide release will benefit from frenzied attention to alleged White House improprieties or suffer because of the public's sense that reality is...
ND Priest Resigns over Policy on Gays
Holy Cross Fr. David Garrick said his resignation last month from the University of Notre Dame was done as a "heartfelt protest" of the institution's refusal to grant homosexuals explicit legal protection from discrimination. Garrick, 53, a professor...
No Love, No Life: It Really Is That Simple
After her husband's sudden death, a friend of mine told me that in their 54 years of marriage he had every day brought her flowers and sang to her the song "My Irish Girl." It occurred to me then how especially hard his death must have been for her,...
Primary Colors
Primary Colors (Universal) is more a media event than a movie. It's hard to tell whether its rushed nationwide release will benefit from frenzied attention to alleged White House improprieties or suffer because of the public's sense that reality is...
Rome's Okay of SLU Sale Could Be a Trojan Horse
The recent agreement involving the Jesuit-sponsored St. Louis University, the Holy See and the archbishop of St. Louis regarding the sale of the university's hospital to Tenet, a for-profit health care corporation, has the shape of a Trojan horse....
Synod for Asia: Asian Bishops, Vatican Differ on Key Church Issues
The following is one of a series of articles published in preparation for the Synod for Asia, which opens April 19 at the Vatican. This week NCR looks at the Vatican's lineamenta, or preparatory document and the responses to it from bishops' conferences...
The Bear Was Such a Nice Guy, His Gift Obscured until He Died
His name was John, but everyone knew him as "the Bear." The nickname had nothing to do with his personality. It had to do with his low, gravelly voice and his short, stocky frame. He was one of five or six men who hung out in a small Italian grocery...
The Field Afar
Bangkok, as I remember it from my two-day visit on the way to Vietnam three years ago, can be one of the most depressing cities in the world. The travel folders and posters focus on the splendors of the Wat Pra Keo and Wat Po, the dazzling royal...
Time-Out to Win Back Government
There will be no campaign finance reform this year. On March 30, the Republican House leadership used some crude sleight-of-hand to keep a bipartisan bill -- flawed and grossly inadequate but the best U.S. citizens were likely to get for now -- from...
Twilight
Primary Colors (Universal) is more a media event than a movie. It's hard to tell whether its rushed nationwide release will benefit from frenzied attention to alleged White House improprieties or suffer because of the public's sense that reality is...