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. 29, No. 32, June 18

African Cardinal Defends Rome Synod Site
OXFORD, England -- Cardinal Francis Arinze gave a heavy-hitting interview in the Italian missionary magazine, Mondo e Missione, in which he rounded on the critics of the African Synod scheduled to begin in March 1994. As the leading African in the...
Alternative Health Care Looks beyond Body
NEW YORK -- Alternative health care is in. Almost anywhere you look here, offers for herbal medicines, stressmanagement courses, nutrition clubs, fitness clubs and church healing services testify to the growing trend as more Americans become disillusioned...
Christian Tries to Bring Hope to Desperate Youth
MOSCOW -- A year ago John David Varoli was content teaching English at the Czech Technical University in Prague. The 1990 Cornell University graduate held a degree in American diplomatic history and Russian studies and had already had a well-paying...
Church Thrives on City's Fervency, Ethnic Diversity
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Father Januarius Izzo has shed 45 pounds since arriving here 10 months ago. He has not been dieting. Living on the local economy provides a good opportunity for downsizing, he noted. With his long, grizzled beard and simple...
Corruption, Not Communism, Rears as Guatemala Democracy's Bugaboo
GUATEMALA CITY -- This country with one of the worst human rights records in the hemisphere is suddenly being led by an advocate who has struggled to expose that record to the world. Since Ramiro de Leon Carpio's election by a special session of Congress,...
Could Steak-Loving Warriors Withstand Vegetarian Assault?
While we're on the apocalyptic subject of defending America's fighting forces from gays and lesbians, I think the ban should be broadened to include another threat: vegetarians. In the Twin Falls, Idaho, Times News, Robert Johnson, a facetious citizen,...
Dangerous Fault Lines Persist in South African Society
In early June, the white-ruled South African government and antiapartheid forces led by the African National Congress neared agreement on a 1994 date for the first nonracial and truly democratic elections in South Africa's history. This should be...
Flynn Flap Focuses on Job's Substance, Style
BOSTON -- Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, ambassador-designate to the Vatican, has rung concessions from the State Department to expand his scope of authority and budget. The unprecedented public flap over diplomatic duties followed Flynn's announcement...
Holding African Synod in Rome Miffs Africans
NEW YORK -- Unhappiness has grown over the Vatican decision, announced in February, to hold the 1994 African Synod in Rome rather than Africa. People for peace in Kenya -- in a letter published June 1 by the Nairobibased New People Feature Service,...
Murder in the Heartland
However, the most questionable offering by far was "Murder in the Heartland." Here Tim Roth portrayed Charley Starkweather, a Nebraska teenager who, in the late 1950s, took off with his girlfriend, Caryl Fugate, on a killing rampage. Starkweather eventually...
New Voices, Visions Opening Up Liberation Theology
Latin American liberation theology emerged in the 1960s with the foundational writings of priest-theologians such as Gustavo Gutierrez and Leonardo Boff. For 20 years the focus was on class and national oppression, the dependency of Latin American...
Political Fallout Rains on Waste Dump Idea
COACHELLA, Calif. -- Environmentalists and others who fret the prospect of a low-level nuclear waste dump near Needles, Calif., say their concerns are not being heard, leaving the Mojave Desert site hot with political fallout if not radioactive waste....
Pondering Small, Simple Things That Matter
Religious systems purport to convey a fullness of meaning, a womb-to-tomb assurance that all we are is on a positive redemptive track. Religious systems are grandmeaning carriers, enabling those who trust in them a certain clarity and focus in life....
Pope, Talking Pluralism, Lights Path to Polls
OXFORD, England -- The local elections in Italy June 6 were the first opportunity for Italians to break free from the "partiocracy" that has prevailed since the war. Milan, Turin, Catania and other cities were due to elect their mayors directly,...
Posters to Knock Walls Down and Raise Activists' Spirits Up
MINNEAPOLIS -- The boldly colored silk-screen poster beside him proclaims the words of Brazilian Archbishop Dom Helder Camara: "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." ...
Russians' Lament: 'We Don't Live, We Survive:' Darwinism Replaces Communism, Causing Crime, Deprivation
MOSCOW -- Father Norman Meiklejohn, 64, spent the evening of March 9 in his flat at 7 Kutuzovsky Prospekt reflecting on how well his first seven years in Moscow had gone. The New Hampshire Assumptionist wondered if he now faced seven lean years. ...
The Laughter of the Church Is Still the Mortar of His Soul
Dear Paul: Much of the news about priests has been so bad lately that I have enjoyed contemplating your birthday -- 77, the good number of Revelation, multiplied elevenfold. Soon it will be 45 years since you were ordained, 40 years since your final...
Tide of Evangelism May Swamp Religious Freedoms
MOSCOW -- Concern is growing among religious people here over proposed amendments to the religious freedom law. After decades of repression of religion, the October 1990 legislation allowing for freedom of conscience and freedom of religion had been...
U.N. Report on Minorities: U.S. Not Measuring Up
NEW YORK -- We often think of our country as a melting pot, where varied ethnic and racial groups interact to the mutual benefit and advancement of all. Yet a recent United Nations report suggests that the United States is closer to being several different...
Why Murder in May Brings Good Things to Life for Networks
Controversy about violence on television is as old as the medium itself. For 45 years now, generations have come of age watching daily doses of carnage and mayhem on the tube -- from the cartoon slapstick of "Tom and Jerry" to the reality shock of...
Without Vision, Clinton's Presidency Will Perish
Watching President Clinton stumble across the country in his headlong flight toward the political center is downright embarrassing. Errors in judgment and tactical blunders from a largely young and inexperienced staff could easily be forgiven. What...
World Youth Day Far Short of Goal for Volunteers
DENVER -- Now that the flap between World Youth Day organizers and the Arapahoe County sheriff has been all but resolved, the conference's organizers say they are busying themselves in preparation for Pope John Paul II's August visit to Denver. ...
Worried Americans Rethinking Gun Control
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- "People now understand that we are in danger of losing the next generation to gunfire," said Cheryl Brolin, a spokesperson for the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, referring to a recent poll that shows a majority of Americans...