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. 43, No. 2, October 27

Anonymous Clergy Group Castigates Egan; Priest's Council Defends N.Y. Cardinal after Letter Calls for Vote of No Confidence
The Priest's Council of the New York archdiocese rallied to support Cardinal Edward Egan Oct. 16 after an anonymous letter that circulated among archdiocesan priests and on the Internet urged a vote of no confidence in Egan. A group, calling itself...
Diwali Celebrates Light over Darkness
Vasudha Narayanan was browsing in a Walgreen's in Gainesville, Fla., last year when she saw something she'd never seen before in an American drugstore--greeting cards for the holiday Diwali. "I was so happy," said Narayanan, who was born in India....
Faith in the Political Realm
Here's some backstage info: We had a far different issue planned until early this week when Religion News Service moved a package about Democrats getting religion. It was well-reported and timely, given the season and the continued interest in where...
Film Puts Spotlight on Clerical Sex Abuse
A new documentary film on the scandal of clerical sex abuse in the Catholic church opened to the public in Boston, Los Angeles and New York Oct. 13. "Deliver Us from Evil," was prescreened twice in this area, once at the Boston Film Festival, and...
Genuine Strength: 'The Queen' Finds It in Elizabeth II, 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' in Queens
When I first heard about The Queen, a movie about Elizabeth II, it seemed like something I could safely ignore since I'm not a great admirer of British royalty. But this new film of Stephen Frears ("My Beautiful Laundrette") has an especially subtle...
Life Issues Beset S.D. Governor
A political drama with Catholic overtones is playing out in South Dakota, pitting Gov. Mike Rounds, a Catholic Republican, and the church's teachings on the dignity of life. The first act is fairly well known. Early this year, a re-election year...
Lost Tribe of Jews Migrates from India to Israel
CHENNAI, India -- A group of 218 people belonging to an Indian tribe recently recognized as "lost descendants of ancient Israelites" will soon be welcomed to their new homes in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The emigrants are members of the...
Mother Guerin, an American-Style Saint
Mother Theodore Guerin, declared a saint of the Catholic church Oct. 15, is a about as American a saint as one could imagine. Though French by birth, her sainthood came amid the rugged work of building a community and institutions in Western Indiana...
Nuns Call on Voters to Recognize 'Privacy and Conscience' in Abortion Debate
The National Coalition of American Nuns is calling on Catholics to support candidates who "recognize the right of women to make reproductive decisions and receive medical treatment according to the rights of privacy and conscience." The provisions...
Religion as Politics' Victim
It's become a Washington ritual. A former Bush administration insider writes a book or gives candid interviews revealing the dark underbelly of the White House and the president's spin machine goes into overdrive. Former Treasury Secretary Paul...
Starting Point
There are many paths here at the monastery that wind through ample acres of fields and wooded areas. When I go for walks, I often take the same ones but every now and then I will venture onto one that I haven't tried before. The change of scenery is...
Stem Cell Initiative Involves Misdirection
Henry Thoreau once observed that "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk." He was referring to how milk sellers at the time were trying to stretch the goods in order to make profits during a milk strike. It's...
The Mission of Ray McGovern: Former CIA Analyst Tours Country Saying U.S. Not the Solution in Iraq, It's the Problem
Back before the term became suspect, Ray McGovern would have been called a crusader. A man with an unmistakable sense of mission, he likes to quote the words chiseled into the marble entrance of the CIA headquarters where he worked for 27 years: "You...
The Nuclear Double Standard: North Korea's Recent Test Is Both a Crisis and an Opportunity
North 'Korea's apparently successful nuclear test Oct. 9 will surely be viewed as one of the major foreign policy failures of the Bush administration. There were many warnings from North Korea that this test was coming. As far back as 1993, North...
U.S. Bishops, Journalists Locked in Union Battle
A long-simmering dispute between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the journalists who staff the Catholic News Service went public last week as workers charged that the bishops' conference is seeking to limit union bargaining prerogatives....
With the Help of a Dozen, Democrats 'Get Religion'
Maligned as hostile to faith and forsaken by swaths of religiously minded voters in recent elections, Democrats have spent the last two years wringing their hands over how to "get religion." Party leaders have lamented that Democrats ceded the moral...