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. 11, January 14

Across the World, Gypsies Are Hated, Mistreated
Premier Vladmir Meciar of Slovakia is reported to have called his nation's Gypsies "socially unadaptable and mentally backward." Meciar thus reflects the attitude of many Europeans toward Gypsies, who are among the world's most unrepresented people....
Activists Ready to Fight Environmental Racism
WASHINGTON -- A new phrase has made its way into the environmental vocabulary: environmental racism. Translation: The poor and minority communities get the incinerators and toxic dumps in their backyards. To alter that situation, environmental activists...
Bishop Narrowly Escapes Bomb during Mass in War-Torn Sudan
WASHINGTON -- "They have declared a holy war," Bishop Paride Taban of Torit said after a Soviet-built Sudan air force bomber attacked the Chukudum Catholic mission while he celebrated Mass there on Dec. 28. Twelve bombs were dropped on or near the...
Bishop's Visit Shows Difference between Rome, Canterbury
OXFORD, England -- The New Year visit to Sudan by Anglican Archbishop George Carey of Canterbury was politically and religiously controversial. It might be called a disaster. By confining himself to the mainly Christian southern Sudan, where one...
Church Bankruptcy May Be a Hidden Blessing
Catholics in the Santa Fe archdiocese are today pondering the unimaginable: the bankruptcy of their archdiocese. The two major insurance companies that have primarily covered the archdiocese since 1977, Interstate Insurance and the financially troubled...
Did Priest's Sermon on Murder, Mercy Betray His Confessor?
OXFORD, England -- The parishioners of Santa Lucia in the Mafia-infested area of Palermo, Sicily, heard a sermon at midnight Mass this Christmas that kept them all awake. Don Paulo Turturro, their pastor, illustrated the depths of divine mercy by telling...
Government Blames Church for Chiapas: Mexican Uprising Fed on Poverty, Oppression
CUERNAVACA, Mexico -- As armed Mexican guerrillas, calling themselves the Zapatista National Liberation Army, EZNL, seized control New Year's Day of San Cristobal de las Casas and several other southern Mexican cities and towns, the first official...
Hartford: Bishop Not a Soup Kitchen Guy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No stranger to controversy since he took over the Hartford, Conn., archdiocese two years ago this month, Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin, 66, enters the new year at the center of a new dispute. The latest furor erupted two days after...
In '94, May the U.S. Deem the Death Penalty Unjust
There are encouraging signs that 1994 might be the year the United States turns away from its obsession with the death penalty. Americans should now give capital punishment as big a rebuff as the Brady bill gave the National Rifle Association. U.S....
Inside NCR
It gives me pleasure to announce that with this issue Tom Roberts, former editor-at-large for Religious News Service, joins our staff as senior news editor. Roberts has been with RNS since 1984, from 1984 to 1991 as news editor. RNS Executive Director...
Lawyers' Strategies Vie in Bankruptcy Case
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The two major insurance companies that have primarily covered the Sante Fe archdiocese since 1977, Interstate insurance and the financially troubled Lloyds of London, are refusing to pay claims that Archbishop Michael Sheehan says...
Mexico's Troubles Need New Religious Task Force
Commandante Marcos and about 1,000 Mexicans -- for whom Spanish is, at best, a second language -- last week put their lives on the line for Mexico's poor. What should be the response of the North American religious community? As a starter, we need...
News Media Boldly Tread Narrow Terrain
In a country that boasts so loudly about the First Amendment and freedom of the press, it is a shock to discover how unequally that freedom is enjoyed in practice. The following is an excerpt from the new book, False Hope: The Politics of Illusion...
They Turn Broken Houses into Warm, Happy Homes
Gary Bahman is living the life every business administration student dreams of. The 43-year-old father of three, barely out of graduate school, is chief executive officer of a Tucson, Ariz.-based corporation. Well, may be not every business student...
To Paint Picture of Stability, Government Ignored Guerrillas
SAN FRANCISCO -- The New Year's Day offensive launched by the self-proclaimed Zapatista Army of National Liberation comes as no surprise to the citizens of Chiapas, Mexico's most southern and most impoverished state. Since last spring, armed Indian...
U.S. Did Not Know What Was Going on in Mexico
WASHINGTON -- In the U.S. capital, the New Year's Day armed insurrection in Mexico, North America's trading partner and neighbor, took the U.S. government completely by surprise. At the same time in Mexico City, the government of President Carlos Salinas...