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. 41, No. 34, July 15

Applause for a Reporter's Courage
As we were going to press this week, New York Times reporter Judith Miller was going to jail. Some may cheer that eventuality as just retribution to the "liberal" press or as overdue comeuppance to a group--reporters--that expects special privileges....
Bush Faces Payback Time
One can hardly blame the religious right for insisting that the president nominate a constitutional hardliner--a "strict constructionist"--to the nation's highest court. They put their political capital and their votes on the line for George W. Bush...
Catholic Light: Beauty through the Seasons for the Spiritual Retreat
Easter's living imagery proclaims God's holy face in sweet and subtle ways: the glitter-wrap of chocolate eggs on green confetti grass, the flashy violet of crocus, the snowy pink of cherry blossoms carpeting our parish. In a myriad of other ways--sculpture,...
Catholic Right Gears Up for Supreme Court Fight: Activists Reject Gonzalez as Nominee for Reputed Tolerance of Roe
Front and center for the Catholic right in the fight to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with a "strict constructionist" are two veterans of the recent judicial appointment wars, each with impeccable credentials as conservative activists...
Catholic Theological Society Honors Young Asian
Gemma Tulud Cruz, a feminist theologian from the Philippines, won the Best Academic Essay Award to New Scholars granted by the Catholic Theological Society of America. Cruz, a regular contributor to the Global Perspective Web column on NCRonline.org,...
Chipping Away at Wrong Ideas
I am fascinated by the growing discussion about Mary Magdalene. Setting aside the more farfetched claims about her, as well as the vast conspiracy network of Dan Brown's imagination in The Da Vinci Code (which I found a great airplane book), Magdalene...
Conference Considers Ecumenism's Future
"Human beings, not Bibles or synods," are the real key to the future success of ecumenism, according to Anglican Bishop Mark Santer. Speaking at a conference here commemorating the 10th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Ut Unum Sint ("That...
Deportations Show Broken System
Marie Gonzalez, who graduated from Helias High School in Jefferson City, Mo., in 2004, wants to be an international lawyer. The 19-year-old honor student is certainly familiar with the law--especially the one that was used to deport her parents July...
Divestment Doesn't Promote Peace, Jewish Groups Say
As more groups join the effort to divest from companies that do business in Israel, American Jewish organizations are criticizing the movement as the work of a fringe, destructive minority. Last month, the divestment movement grew when the New England...
'Doctrines Are Benchmarks of Wisdom': Amid Confusion of Spiritual Resources, Tradition Offers Guides
Spirituality is a hot topic and big business today. Publisher's Weekly found last year that 18 percent of the 10,000 consumers it surveyed had purchased a spiritual or religious book in the past year. The largest group of buyers, 28 percent, were...
Even in Rome, Caravita Liturgy Is a Cut Above
Rome is the Catholic city par excellence, so virtually everything that happens here is in some sense exemplary. Yet even against this backdrop, the 11 a.m. Sunday liturgy at the Oratory of St. Francis Xavier "del Caravita" is still, in the eyes of...
Family, Bishop Join to Support Seminar for Laity
An idea born during a family gathering following a baptism has grown into an event that in each of the last three years has drawn more than 400 Catholics from Missouri and Kansas to set aside the first Saturday in June to contemplate the state and...
Growing the Circle of Healing: A Doctor and Traditional Healers Empower a Community
I think of it as Albuquerque's circle of healing: an unpaved cul-de-sac where, in a small stucco house, a collective of women healers offers traditional Mexican and Indian treatments, from herbs to spiritual cleansings, called limpias--this in the...
Mercy of God Dazzles the Faithful in Rome's Church-Poor Suburbs
A chartered bus exited Rome's medieval walls and plunged into the sprawl of dilapidated apartment high-rises. Outside the passenger window, piazzas morphed into parking lots and cobblestones gave way to asphalt. By the time the bus reached its destination,...
On the Station Churches Route: English-Speaking Catholics Revive Ancient Custom in the Eternal City
Anyone traveling to Rome during Lent will not want to miss the tradition of daily Mass at the station churches, a practice that reaches all the way back to the fourth century when popes would visit each of the churches in Rome on fixed days. The...
Prelate Urges Better Consultation
Turning the church into a real communion means making better use of the church's consultative structures, Archbishop V. James Weisgerber of Winnipeg, Canada, said June 24 in an address in Washington. Yet he acknowledged that implementation of parish...
Resurrecting Mary Magdalene: Historians, Mystics and Artists Debate Her Significance amid a New Surge of Popular Devotion
Two years ago in France, shortly after my 50th birthday and two years after a painful divorce, I became a pilgrim. Though I did not put a scallop shell on the brim of my cap or walk with a staff, I asked Mary Magdalene to be the patroness of my quest...
Reticent Bishops Shift Away from Wider World
We are grateful for the candor of Archbishops Wilton Gregory and Joseph Fiorenza of Atlanta and Galveston-Houston, respectively, who provide, in recent remarks, a structure against which to understand the changes that have been underway in the U.S....
Salvadoran Hunger Strikers Protest Lost Lobs, Benefits
Eight laid-off government workers have been on a hunger strike since May 26 outside the cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador, to protest labor policies that left them with no benefits or social security after years of government employment. The...
Serious Fantasy: 'Howl's Moving Castle' Entrances; 'Batman Begins' Tries a Little Too Hard
Movie producers want to turn us all into children for the summer. When they put director Hayao Miyazaki ("Princess Mononoke") in charge, it's not a bad idea. In Howl's Moving Castle, this Japanese master of animation has adapted a British fantasy novel...
Siena's Centuries-Old Holy War Played out on Horseback: Neighborhoods' Fierce Rivalry Culminates in Summer Palio Races
On a balmy Sunday morning in Siena, Italy, hundreds of townspeople gathered before pools of water under a massive gothic archway. A line of mothers cradling infants had formed, and the crowd watched intently as each parent approached the waters and...
Slovakia at the Crossroads: Small Nations with Rich Histories May Have Much to Teach Us
Devin Castle sits on top of a 2,000-foot rock at the intersection of the Danube and Morava Rivers. From it you can see Austria to the west, Slovakia and its capital Bratislava to the east, and, just over low mountains to the south and north, Hungary...
Starting Point
AARP. It used to stand for "American Association of Retired Persons." Now it's just a set of initials. Or maybe it's that exclamation of disbelief as one hits 50--"half a century!" as my sons never tire of pointing out. AARP! Some of the cliches...
The Challenges Facing Christian Minorities
Dominican Fr. Timothy Radcliffe recently spoke in Bologna, Italy, on the contribution of Christianity to the future of Europe. Fr. Radcliffe is the former master general of the Order of Preachers and a widely noted author and lecturer. Fr. Radcliffe...
The Crossroads of Catholicism
My wife and I moved to Rome almost exactly five years ago, arriving on July 2, 2000, which happened to be the first day of an international Gay Pride festival in Rome. It was unfolding smack in the middle of the Great Jubilee called by Pope John Paul...
The Papal Itinerary
Most visitors to Rome come hoping, among other things, to see the pope. Generally speaking, there are two standing opportunities to do so each week--the Wednesday general audience, and the Sunday Angelus (or, during the Easter season, the Regina Coeli)....
U.S. Bishops Look to Narrow Focus of Issues
In the future, the U.S. bishop's conference will be more narrowly focused on core objectives related to Catholic identity, especially catechesis, liturgy and evangelization, producing fewer documents on social questions and relying more on regional...
U.S. May Be Laying the Groundwork to Attack Iran
The United States may still attack Iran, and for all the wrong reasons. Two recent analyses, both appearing a day before Iranians elected former Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the presidency June 23, reveal how this may happen and what the...
What the Da Vinci Code Owes to Women
For more than four years Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code has topped The New York Times' bestseller list. While church hierarchy, historians and theologians variously denounce, debate or debunk his reworking of a 12th-century myth that Jesus was married...
Where Prayer Is on the Menu: Evangelization, French Cuisine Served at Lay Carmelites' L'Eau Vive Restaurants
The patrons were well into their second course, sipping glassfuls of Bordeaux and slicing into thick filets, when the background music stopped and a voice came over the speaker system. "Dear friends," the voice said. "Let us pray to Mary for Pope...