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. 27, May 6

And Now Nationalism Rears Its Ugly Head
When communism collapsed under its own dead weight just a few short years ago, many of us were filled with joy and amazement. Who can forget the euphoric scene at the Berlin Wall where newly reunited West and East Germans happily smashed away one of...
And the Answer: 'Simple Living;' Question: 'What Is the Greatest Gift We Can Offer the Planet?' (Excerpted from Book, 'Adventures in Simple Living: A Creation-Centered Spirituality')(Starting Point) (Column) (Column)
It all started in the blackberry patch. One hot July day when I was a kid growing up in Kansas City, I was taken to an overgrown pasture outside of town where gallons of this delicious wild fruit hung, free for the taking, on thorn-bristling vines...
Bishops Will Allow Altar Girls, Some Freely, Some Grudgingly
Within a year, altar girls will likely be as commonplace as altar boys in the United States. After the Vatican announced approval of female altar servers, leaving the choice of having them to each bishop, NCR asked several bishops or their representatives...
Churches Take Big Mutual Step to Renew Genesis Ecology
Our churches are beginning to taste the first fruits of the of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment campaign, a $4.3 million effort to place environmental issues at the heart of religious life. It is a hopeful moment. Four major...
Embargo Still Hurts Children in Intransigent Iraq
NEW YORK - A top Iraqi delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz left New York earlier this year without obtaining an agreement from the U.N. Security Council that the global embargo against Iraq would be lifted. Aziz returned to a nation...
Guadalajara's New Bishop Is Good News for Ruiz
CUERNAVACA, Mexico - The appointment of Juan Sandoval Iniguez as new archbishop of Guadalajara was widely viewed here as a victory for supporterss of liberal Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia and an embarassing setback for papal nuncio Archbishop Girolamo...
Insolvent Bishops Opt for Lyrical Approach: Critics Say Church Is Shirking Accountability
WASHINGTON - Five years ago, the U.S. Catholic bishops rounded up a committee to draft a pastoral letter on financial problems that appeared then to be spreading quickly through the church. But there was a hitch. "The (National Conference of Catholic...
Mary Jo Leddy Leaves Sisters of Sion after 30 Years
Mary Jo Leddy, the Canadian who has been in the forefront of the renewal of religious life, has left the Sisters of Sion, the congregation she joined 30 years ago. The author of Reweaving Religious Life: Beyond the Liberal Model (Twenty-Third Publication)...
Media's Religious Ignorance Now in Spotlight
Asked for some secular counsel on ways to better use their divine right to report the news, Billy Graham suggested to a gathering of editors that they begin to get religion. Get, as in understand. As an example of how a large part of the media...
New Museum Will Offer Unique Look at the Church by Way of Fifth Avenue
A new Catholic Museum of America, approximately $50 million in the making, is scheduled to open on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue in October, coinciding with Pope John Paul's visit to the United Nations. The museum is the brainchild of Christina Cox,...
Nixon Revisionism at Odds with Often Unsavory Career
In the hours and days following former President Richard M. Nixon's death April 24 there was an outpouring of sympathetic commentary and assessment of his place as one of the dominant figures of the 20th century. Kindness in death is a natural and...
Panama's Big Chance to Escape the Past: Politics, Promises Take Center Stage as Election Draws Near
Politics, promises take center stage as election draws near PANAMA CITY, Panama - Elections seldom are dull in Panama. At least no one in this Central American nation has forgotten what happened the last time they went to the polls. In 1989 a...
Pope Draws Sharp Distinction between Priests, Lay Ministers
Pope John Paul wants to purify our language about ministries. He told a recent meeting of Congregation for the Clergy that our ministry language is confused and booby-trapped. While John Paul spoke of the "joyful recognition "of the development...
The Truth about What Mary Did and the Right to Bear Witness
OXFORD, England - Saturday by Saturday more and more women are being ordained in the Church of England. April 23 St. George's Day, 35 were ordained in Coventry Cathedral in central England. German bombs destroyed the old redbrick cathedral one night...
U.S. Seminarians: Dedicated and Different; New Breed Is Eager to Serve, Less Curious
"It's interesting to hear you talk about the days you used to be in the priesthood," the Hispanic seminarian said. "But sometimes when I hear it, I'm a little ambiguous about it. I have no experience with the relationships you speak about. I'm a part...
Voices from Africa Speak out for Change
Inculturation called key to bridging gap VATICAN CITY - The need for local freedom in inculturation and for a forceful proclamation of the church's social teachings emerged as important themes in the midterm report of the special Synod of Bishops...
Voters Prefer Continuity to Change in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - An exit poll here shows that in the first elections to include former guerrillas as candidates, the people chose continuity and familiarity over change in handing Armando Calderon Sol an overwhelming victory in the recent...