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. 30, May 27

Ban on Antiabortion Protests Raises Questions of Free Speech
WASHINGTON -- A bill that makes it a federal crime with mandatory fines and jail terms for even peaceful protest outside abortion clinics has injected a new topic -- free speech -- into the debate between abortion activists and antiabortion forces....
Classic 27-Day Hunger Strike Convinces Clinton
Civility, not rancor, marked the 27-day hunger strike of Randall Robinson, the director of TransAfrica Forum. Robinson vowed to starve himself to death unless the Clinton administration shifted to fair-minded and humane policies regarding Haitin refugees...
Congress Should Know Great Health Care When It Sees It
President Clinton has had one really great achievement in office: He has tapped into the country's anxiety over its health care -- and lack of it. Along the way he has also: * Come up with a proposal for universal coverage -- migrant workers...
For Activists - a Sweet Cause, a Sweeter Sentence
Jesuit Fr. Daniel Berrigan, erstwhile denizen of nuclear weapons sites and prison cells, is back in newspapers and magazines and on TV, this time pushing ice cream as nonviolently as he once protested warmongering. Berrigan is one of eight social-activists-turned-models...
Ice Cream with a Different Flavor: Ben & Jerry's Offers Taste of Productivity, Social Activism, Fun
Want a definition for decadence? Try Wavy Gravy, one of Ben & Jerry's recently introduced ice-cream flavors: caramel-Brazil nut-cashew ice cream with chocolate-hazel nut-fudge swirl and roasted almonds, delivered in the first-ever tie-dyed ice-cream...
Liberals Should Be Sounding Alarm over Abortion Protest Restrictions
It is ominous to see the U.S. Congress passing legislation aimed at protesters at abortion clinics. It is disconcerting, meanwhile, to see traditional supporters of free speech silent or supportive of the bill. Mandated penalties against nonviolent...
Lutheran Has a Gloomy View of Protestantism's Future
NEW YORK -- A leading ecumenical theologian, who is also a close friend of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is gloomy about the future of mainline Protestant churches whose faith and identity he finds "wavering." The adaptation of certain of these churches...
Ministry to Gays Investigated: Vatican Revives Case against Priest and Nun
Fr. Robert, Nugent and Sr. Jeannine Gramick, whose often troubled but thriving ministry to gays has repeatedly placed them at the center of controversy in the church, are back in the spotlight again, the subjects of a revived Vatican investigation....
Sayers' Folks Stagger toward Redemption
If you are one of seven kids, you have to be resourceful to stand out. If you're from the uptight town of Due East, you can stand out by being the school slut. If you are also a Catholic, it takes creativity to be good at the same time. If, furthermore,...
The Russian Orthodox, KGB, and Vatican: Patriarch Alexis Report Reveals Old Dilemmas
In October 1968 a young Russian Orthodox bishop found himself in Rome. Since he had left Moscow for business connected with the World Council of Churches rather than the Vatican, his instructions were to take no initiatives but to wait and see what...
Vatican Could Learn from Those It Wants to Crush
The Vatican's latest assault against Sr. Jeannine Gramick and Fr. Robert Nugent is another sad power play by church authorities who insist on reverting to the bullying strategy of silencing those who raise unsettling issues. The commission appointed...
Vatican Warmly Welcomes Ruiz; Pope Indirectly Shows Support, Sources Say
CUERNAVACA, Mexico -- Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, who not long ago was in danger of losing his diocese, recently saw the tables turned on his nemesis, Archbishop Girolamo Prigione, the papal nuncio to Mexico. During a May 8-16 trip to Rome that many...