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. 30, No. 29, May 20

Brazilian Women Leaders in Fight for Equal Rights
RIO DE JANEIRO - Until 1962, Brazilian law classed women with "minors, spendthrifts and backwoodsmen." Until 1988, females couldn't travel with their children across state lines without their husband's consent. Today, however, 38 women legislators...
French Protestants Few in Fragile Church; Secular Spirit Sapped Transcendence, Led to Links with Catholics
"Happy as a Protestant in France," a phrase in a recent column of L'Express, seems more and more ironic as one studies Protestants today and talks with them about their future. The writer in L'Express was probably responding to the fact that though...
Gun Battle Is Far from Over: Gun Control Advocates Seek Stricter Laws
WASHINGTON - Jubilation may have been overdue for gun-control advocates May 5 when the House of Representatives - by a margin of two votes - handed the National Rifle Association a major defeat by banning 19 assault weapons. But the victory was...
Legal Wrinkle Opens Back Door to Anglican Bishop
OXFORD, England - Dr. Graham Leonard, former Anglican bishop of London, Church April 6, the Wednesday of Easter week, and conditionally ordained as a Catholic priest in the private chapel of Cardinal Basil Hume at Westminster Saturday, April 23, feast...
Let's Turn Down Volume on Abortion Controversy
I did a column a few weeks ago about angels. Most readers are familiar with the old saying about going into places "where even angels fear to tread." This week's column revisits the issue of abortion. There probably won't be any angels coming along...
Panel Calls for Truth Commission in Guatemala
WASHINGTON - Guatemala may be the next country to come under the scrutiny of a truth commission, a device increasingly used in recent years to shed light from the outside on the internal political, social and military workings of a country where human...
Parishes Called to Save World
The U.S. Catholic bishop's firt big step to address environmental concerns landed recently on the doorsteps of the nation's Catholic pastors in the form of a booklet aimed at increasing awareness and inspiring action. Title Renewing the Face of...
Parish Priests Cope with Mess; Chanceries Tangled Up in Rules
It's prohibited, but it's allowed," a Vatican official told a friend of mine years ago. Those were the days "when the church was nuanced," another friend observed. "The Roman church views the commandments and all that other stuff as ideals to be achieved...
Ruiz's Trip to Rome Stirs a Flurry of Speculation
CUERNAVACA, Mexico - Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, the embattled leader of San Cristobal de las Casas diocese, jolted the country and set the speculation mills buzzing May 6 when he announced that he was immediately leaving for Rome. Ruiz's recent...
S. Africa, on Mandela's Words, Soars above This Age's Clamor
Nelson Mandela, new president of the new South Africa, personifies a politics of hope in an age of political cynicism and has shown a graciousness toward former captors and apponents that is a jolting departure from the constant news of violent retribution....
Synods, Meetings Are Prelude to Conclave: Next Pope and Electors Have All Been Mingling
ROME - Not long after the Synod for Africa, actually in mid-June and once delayed because of Pope John Paul's accident, comes the fifth meeting of the entire college of 141 cardinals. Until this pontificate, the cardinals never met as a body except...
Synod Somersaulted Its Limits and Became African, Isn't Over
Two African bishops arrive back home, exhausted after a month of discussions at the synod. Their plane is late. There is no one to meet them. The driver of the last battered taxi puts their luggage in the trunk. Their bags are heavy with paper. ...
U.N. Holds Best Hope for Human Rights but U.S. Is Reluctant to Play Its Part
At the end of World War II, the nations of the Earth acted on their determination that never again would the people of an entire nation like Germany have no place in the international arena to make known the brutality being exercised against them....
U.S. Can Squeeze Accord from Haiti without Armed Force
President Clinton insists that the United States is "not changing its policy on Haiti." Alas, he might be right. However, he did alter things sufficiently for fleeing Haitians last week that Randall Robinson of TransAfrica returned to solid foods after...
Vatican Is Ridiculed at Population Meet: Nations against Pope May Be Cairo Scenario
NEW YORK - It was no secret that the upcoming International Conference on Population and Development, to be held in Cairo, Egypt, in September, was shaping up to be a face-off between the Vatican and almost every other state over the issues of human...