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. 35, No. 7, December 11

A Journey for Those Left Behind
Sao Paulo, Brazil Pushing his child in a stroller, the man seemed undaunted by the 60 mph traffic whizzing by less than 10 feet away. Ahead a, few hundred feet, leading the crowd, a nearly 300-pound man waved a red flag on which was printed in yellow...
All Saints Day Takes on New Meaning after Trip to Chiapas
We were standing in line to check baggage when I saw the newspapers on the counter. I and 15 other members of the Interfaith International Peace Council were leaving San Christobal, Mexico, the home diocese of Bartolomeo de Las Casas, the first great...
Annan: `Peace Is Never a Perfect Achievement'
Human rights cannot be protected where there is no peace. No one knows that better than United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who came to his new post in 1996 after serving as U.N. undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations. Annan...
Austria's `Sacred Experiment' Renews Momentum for Change
A kind of sacred experiment" was John Paul II's blessing upon the Oct. 23-26 Dialogue for Austria, an official gathering of the Austrian Catholic Church. The outstanding success of this experiment (NCR, Nov. 6) reminds us of the U.S. bishops' 1976...
Carry Catholic Values into Everyday Life, U.S. Bishops Say
Editor's note: While the divisions and tensions within Catholicism are abundantly evident, even at the annual meeting (Nov. 1619) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (see NCR, Dec. 4), there are clear areas of common ground. One of those...
Church's Human Rights Record a Mixed Bag
Evaluating the Catholic church's record on human rights in the past 50 years is a lot like deciding whether a glass is half full or half empty. From one point of view, it's a stow of breathtaking transformation, In 1948, when the United Nations...
Delegates Take on `Formidable Task' of Creating Labor Party
When Buzz Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto workers, spoke to the Constitutional Convention of the Labor Party, held here Nov. 13-15, he couldn't hide his pleasure. "I never thought I'd see a Labor Party in the USA," he said. Neither did...
For Christmas Gifts, Still a Few NCRs Left
How's your Christmas shopping coming? Time is running out, just a week or two left by the time you read this. Without wishing anybody ill, I do hope you're having a hard time finding those suitable -- not to mention affordable -- gifts. This may sound...
Human Responsibility the Basis for Human Rights, Kung Says
It's not that Hans Kung is too big for the Catholic church, or the church too confining for his scholarship. It's rather that the Swiss theologian has gradually turned his attention to a broader arena -- the world -- since the Vatican sacked him as...
Keeping Faith
Pursuing peace and justice has taken siblings Sarah and P.J. Park to far-flung places, from Iraq, where P.J. defied U.S. sanctions, to Honduras, where Sarah saw the destruction of Hurricane Mitch firsthand. P.J., 17, joined a group sponsored by...
Letters
NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, 115 EAST ARMOUR BOULEVARD, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111. E-MAIL: NCRLETTERS@AOL.COM Dialogue for Austria * Both your editorial "Can dialogue like that happen here?" and John Allen's lead article "A dramatic step toward reform"...
Mitch Washes Injustices to the Surface
It was poor people in Honduras, pushed to the margins and the hillsides, who lost their byes and neighborhoods When the rains of Hurricane Mitch fell heavily on Central America for days on end, the houses swept away in the resulting flood were the...
Montreal Catholics Vote for Women, Married Men Priests
Resolutions supporting the ordination of women as priests and deacons and calling for married priests, a greater lay role in decision-making and a new approach to divorce all received broad Support at a synod of the Montreal archdiocese Nov. 29 and...
Nation
Former death row inmates gather at conference One by one, 29 former death row inmates marched across the stage at the Northwestern University Law School in Chicago and signed their names on a blackboard that read, "We are alive today despite the criminal...
Oceania Bishops Express Pastoral Frustrations
When a Samoan native was recently ordained a priest, he appeared at the start of the ceremony dressed according to the local culture's tradition --"inadequately, but not indecently," said New Zealand Cardinal Thomas S. Williams. The Samoan donned his...
President Takes Oath as Bishops Debate It
Catholic University `should lead the way in showing what it means to be Catholic.' --Fr. David M. O'Connell As U.S. Catholic bishops struggled in mid-November with tensions related to Vatican norms for higher education, one U.S. university president...
Tactics Shift as Protest Swells
Army escorts 2,319 protesters away from the School of the Americas without incident or arrest Lil Corrigan was back in Columbus, Ga., this year, older and wiser at 75, clutching a light blue stole over her small shoulders to give her the courage...
The Next War: Over the Fate of the Earth
The major conflict of the early third millennium will be the battle for he earth. It will be waged -- if we may generalize -- between materialists and environmentalists. In the initial analysis -- which is where we are now -- it is a war within...
Vatican Official Criticizes Jews
Head of effort to canonize Pius XII says Jews need an `examination of conscience' for injuries to Catholic church A German Jesuit responsible for the cause of Pope Plus XII's canonization said that Jews were the "managers" of Soviet communism in...
World
Religious group provide most famine relief Buddhist, Catholic and Protestant groups in South Korea have contributed more than half of all the donations received from nongovernmental groups to aid famine-stricken North Koreans, a Red Cross official...