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. 34, No. 7, December 12

A Church with a Heart Is Place to Be Thankful For
Last week my children brought home a Sunday school handout about the story of the widow who gave her last two coins to the temple collection. Jesus lauds her for giving all she had, though his friends protest that the rich men have given bags and...
As Racism and Intolerance Linger, Change Hints at Hope
History did an ironic little somersault recently in Stone Mountain, Ga., birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. The town elected its first black mayor. As if to rub salt in the racist wound, Mayor-elect Chuck E. Burris is living in the house once occupied...
Blair: IRA Deserves Credit for Progress in Talks
After 28 years of conflict, the Irish Republican Army might well claim to have won the battle, though not the war. The "hard men," as IRA members are sometimes called, have capitalized on their recent ceasefire and now their representatives, Sinn...
Catholic Artists Struggle as Christian Music Draws Fans
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here's some vocabulary you're not likely to encounter at most gatherings of adult Catholics: "mosh pit," "crowd surfing,n and "Dude, that last band was the bomb!n But at the Nov. 20-23 National Catholic Youth Conference, such...
Christian Diets Point to Getting 'Slim for Him,' the Weigh Down Workshop Inc
Taking "Baywatch" as an indicator -- and, for better or worse, millions do -- Americans like their bodies lean, trim and fit. Taking McDonald's as another indicator -- and, again, millions do -- Americans have a hard time matching their eating...
Christianity Gives Family Values New Spin
I grew up surrounded by nurturing "aunts." There was Aunt Betty, an artist, who inspired my early forays into the fine arts; Aunt Helen, a social activist who took me on marches on behalf of the Farm Workers and to War Resisters rallies; Aunt Mimi,...
Feminist Spirituality Core of Unique M.A
LOS ANGELES -- Mary Gilvarry approached Kathlyn Breazeale in October to apologize for arriving late at the fourth annual "Dance of Change," a meeting of approximately 200 Los Angeles women of faith. "I know I am a dibble," the Irish Catholic woman...
Fired Dean Made 'Pious Phrases Policy
Suppose, as the first female dean of a law school in Texas, you take its Catholic mission statement seriously: Run the school with a commitment to justice, dramatically increase minority enrollment and develop legal clinics to serve the region's poor...
N.C. Bishops Call for Economic Justice
DURHAM, N.C. -- Despite a booming economy and one of the nation's lowest unemployment rates, the plight of North Carolina's poor has worsened and Catholics have a moral duty to respond with action and compassion. That's what the bishops of North...
New Vatican Instructing on Lay Ministry Feels like a Hit
Pushing the voice mail button recently on my office telephone. I retrieved he following message: "Received the ester and I hear the support of our bishops and I am appreciative. But, Joe, it feels like another hit and you know after a while you just...
Rabbi Finds Papal View of Jews Ambiguous
Bernard of Clairvaux was an inspired and practical man. Spiritual leader of the second crusade (1144), Clairvaux took the time to study the mistakes made during the first crusade (1096). One was the slaughter of more than 5,000 members of the Jewish...
Restoring Collegiality New Pope's First Task
I have not regretted becoming a Catholic. The church nourishes me. But part of the vision that many saw at the time I made my move into the church -- shortly after John XXIII's Second Vatican Council -- has faded. At the end of the second millennium,...
Role of Synod: To Listen, to Learn, Not to Decide
ROME -- "The synod is a discussion group," Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk of Cincinnati told journalists at the Vatican press office November 29. He was summing up the work of some 300 synodal fathers and collaborators who during the previous two...
Simplicity, Not Spending Delivers the Spiritual Goods
Capitalism is the dominant spirituality of our time. It comes complete with a highest good (individual pleasure), sacraments (purchase and consumption), apostles (advertisers), and a moral code (get the most for your dollar). There's just one...
Spirit's 'Giddyap; Won't Move Dead Horses: Meeting Seeks Trinity's Third Person at Work
HALES CORNERS, Wis. -- "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and ..." Most Catholics could probably finish that sentence. How much more they could tell you about the third person of the Trinity is, however a different matter. Speakers and...
Spirituality, Unlike Religion, Grows Inside Out
I told a friend one of my favorite Twelve Step stories. As is often the case with powerful expressions, he both got it and didn't. There is too much truth to get it all at once -- or ever, perhaps. And it can quite confuse the literal-minded. ...
Synod Strives to Make American Church 'More Roman,' Dissenters Say
ROME -- Late fall was deliberately chosen for the Synod for America as it had been for the four sessions of Vatican II and for previous synods. Although often rainy, it can also present Rome's best weather, sunny skies brisk air. Via della Conciliazione,...
Teens Offer Diverse New Agendas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One week before 14,000 Catholic teens met here, another Catholic group -- Call to Action -- drew 3,500 participants to its annual conference in Detroit. It would be hard to imagine two Catholic gatherings with more disparate...
Teens Seek More 'Youth Friendly' Liturgies: Sponsors See Youth Conference as '17,000 Pieces of Good News.' (Biennial National Catholic Youth Conference, Nov 20-23, 1997 at Kansas City, MO)(Cover Story)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Organizers who brought thousands of Catholic teenagers here Nov. 20-23 wanted to discern the voice of the young church, and the yearning it seemed to speak most clearly was for more youth-friendly Sunday liturgies. "Kids get...
Two Liturgies Match Swords with Plowshares
This was great liturgy. A congregation of over 2,000 people gathered from the four winds, wonderful music to pace and focus the long ceremony toward its central act of worship, the gospel proclaimed simply, powerful preaching to apply it, over 600...
Wisdom Ways Group Celebrates Pentecost
St. Paul, Minn. -- "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place" (Acts 2:1). Eighteen or 19 came together, more women than men, on another Pentecost -- this one a Sunday evening in 1997. They spoke not in many languages, only...