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. 38, No. 2, November 2

Addenda
MIKE NELSON has been named editor of The Tidings, Los Angeles' archdiocesan newspaper. Since January, Nelson, 48, has been The Tidings' acting editor. A journalism graduate of California State University Northridge, Nelson started his career in 1975...
A Letter to My Grandson, Felix. (Viewpoint)
Dear Felix, I am writing to wish you a happy birthday, and the same to Tyler and Mommy and Daddy, too. I am being corrected here because the government says that I have been a bad boy. I have to stay in timeout, but it isn't just for 10 minutes....
At Synod, Church Leaders Disagree on War: Power-Sharing in Church an Issue Too. (World)
As the Synod of Bishops drew to a close in late October, two points were generating lively debate: What to say about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, and whether to use the concept of "subsidiarity" to describe how power should be exercised in the...
Catholic Pioneers in the Suburban Landscape: Scholar Examines How Exodus from Cities Changed the Church. (Word Made Fresh)
Ask not, said scholar Anthony Smith, what Catholics did to the surburbs. Ask, rather, what the suburbs have done to Catholicism. Could it be that the 1960s migration to the suburbs was what caused so many American Catholics to so wholeheartedly...
Experts Say Bombing Is Risky Strategy: Terrorism -- Its Roots and Realities -- Resistant to Violent Response. (Cover Story)
By most measures, the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan has received widespread support from the American public as justifiable retaliation for the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Few voices of dissent are heard in news...
Extremist Violence Has Roots in Monotheism: Naive to Ignore Aspects of Islam That Breed Militant Fundamentalism. (Column)
As the nation and the world at large attempted to sort out the meaning and consequences of the terrorist raids on New York City and Washington on Sept. 11, one topic remained always at the center of the mix, namely, the role of religion as a motivating...
Feminine Impulse in Religion Gains Strength: If We Survive the War, a Deeper Spiritual Force May Await Us. (Viewpoint)
Since Sept. 11, priests, mullahs, rabbis and ministers in the United States have officiated at ceremonies of grief. What no priest, mullah, rabbi or minister confesses is how religion has brought us to this terrible moment. Instead, it was British...
Heralding Ricci; Pope Sets Heartening Tone. (Editorials)
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, 115 EAST ARMOUR BOULEVARD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111. TEL: (816) 531-0538 Pope John Paul II's reconciling words last week to the Chinese people are reassuring. Marking the 400th anniversary of celebrated Jesuit missionary...
History Tour Ends at Ground Zero. (Perspectives)
I returned recently from a two-week vacation with my husband to the East Coast. We rambled our way east and north from Missouri through Virginia, up the Hudson River and through the New England countryside, visiting along the way with relatives not...
Human Rights Lawyer for Church-Run Center in Mexico Shot, Killed
By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Mexico City A former nun who was one of Mexico's leading human rights lawyers was shot dead in Mexico City Oct. 19 in what authorities were calling a politically motivated killing. Digna Ochoa Placido, head of the legal...
Inside NCR. (Openers)
O God, I do not know where to turn in a time of terrorism. I have no easy answers or solutions to acts of terror against the innocent," begins a prayer written by Benedictine Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki. "When buildings explode without warning, when the...
Men of Good Will. (Letters)
The compelling photo of the Mass at the month-long synod of the bishops in Rome drew my attention. My first thought was how timely that the Holy Spirit had arranged for the bishops of the world's largest Christian denomination, Roman Catholicism, to...
No Just War. (Letters)
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, 115 EAST BOULEVARD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111. E-MAIL: LETTERS@NATCATH.ORG. I first realized the cardinals and bishops were not preaching peace after the Sept. 11 horror when my own Long Island bishop made some noncommittal...
Pope Apologizes to China, Pleads for Dialogue. (World)
By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE and NCR STAFF In a renewed plea for an official dialogue with the government of mainland China, Pope John Paul II apologized for any actions taken by Catholics that offended China or gave an impression of disrespect for...
Pope Beatifies Husband and Wife Together. (World)
VATICAN CITY: For what is believed to be the first time in the history of the Catholic church, the pope has beatified a husband and wife together, calling them a couple who lived an ordinary life in an extraordinary way. The beatification of Luigi...
Recovery and Remembrance Dubrovnik after War: Ten Years after Serb Bombardment, Croatia's `Pearl of the Adriatic' Has Rebuilt, but Deep Scars Remain. (Special Report)
From the airport, the Adriatic coastal road that winds around the mountains to Dubrovnik offers spectacular views of bare, stony mountains dropping down to crystalline blue sea. When Dubrovnik appears in the distance, the sight is one more beautiful...
The Perils of Afghanistanism. (Starting Point)
Back before I discovered the Catholic church, I was going to be a journalist -- a chip off the old Dad. I took a few journalism classes at the University of Oregon, the institution where I wasted my father's money until he came to his senses and made...
World Steeped in Fear, but Jesus Says, `Be Not Afraid' (Column)
As a nation we have learned lessons about freedom, and hubris, and the art of perpetual motion. Now we are learning the varieties of terror. Our education began with hijackers who slowed and took aim, then flew straight into their own deaths. We...