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. 39, No. 19, March 14

Activists Battle Bush Assault on California Green Laws
California, the state with the nation's toughest environmental laws and regulations, faces an attack on all fronts from the Bush administration, according to the state's conservation activists and leaders. From undermining the Golden State's recent...
Anglicans Enthrone `a Saint': New Archbishop of Canterbury May Face Storms, but for Now, He's a Star. (Analysis)
"We have a saint for our leader now," claimed one of the Anglican bishops after the enthronement of Dr. Rowan Williams in Canterbury Cathedral Feb. 27. The new Archbishop of Canterbury would have winced to hear that, but certainly Anglicans have a...
Behind the Protest: A Lifelong Organizer. (Behind the News)
The police said 100,000. The organizers said 900,000. The real number of protesters at New York's antiwar rally Feb. 15 probably lies somewhere in between. With many protesters shuffled away from the action on First Avenue, counting was difficult....
Black Catholics Raise Joyful Noise in the Bronx: St. Augustine Churches Hold Jazz Mass to Celebrate History. (Nation)
Making a joyful noise unto the Lord has been the hallmark of the St. Augustine Gospel Choir in the South Bronx for almost 30 years. Last month the jazz quartet of St. Augustine Catholic Church in New Orleans joined the 18-voice Bronx choir for a liturgy...
Bringing Far-Off Mysteries Close. (Starting Point)
When we were young my mother took my brother, Jimmy, and me to the planetarium in New York City. We sat in the enormous auditorium waiting for the show to begin. There was a machine there that looked like a metal monster, made of copper or brass. Its...
Exhibit Is Powerful Reminder of Slave Trade Horror: Revelations Offer Compelling Evidence in Favor of Reparations. (Column)
The Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture in Washington recently opened an impressive exhibit on the gruesome story of how some 13 million Africans were brought in irons to Brazil, the Caribbean...
God, Our Rock, Our Strength. (Reflection)
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Scripture Readings Exodus 20:1-17 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 He who thinks that loving one's enemies is impractical doesn't take into account the practical Consequences of hating one's enemies. --Erich...
Inside NCR. (Openers)
Last issue, publisher Tom Fox made a plea on the back page for the pope, who has so strongly opposed the looming war with Iraq, to travel to that country. The reasoning was that the mere announcement of a papal trip to Baghdad would trip up U.S. war...
Mission to White House Sends Message to Islam. (Threat of War)
Though Pope John Paul II's last-ditch appeal to President George Bush to avoid war in Iraq packs undeniable drama, there's a sense in which Cardinal Pio Laghi's mission has precious little to do with changing minds in the White House. The 80-year-old...
New Bishop Faces Old Problem. (Church in Crisis)
If Catholics in Palm Beach feel dismayed by a sex abuse scandal in the Catholic church that has removed not one but two bishops from the diocese, the new bishop of Palm Beach, Sean O'Malley, may himself be suffering from a case of deja vu. O'Malley...
N.H. Diocese Releases 9,000 Pages of Files: Documents for 40 Priests Show Sex Abuse Allegations Spanning 50 Years. (Church in Crisis)
The New Hampshire attorney general's office on March 3 released 9,000 pages of Manchester diocesan personnel files regarding about 40 priests accused of sexually abusing minors in the past 50 years. The documents were released along with a 200-page...
Papal Envoy, President Dialogue and Disagree: Cardinal Laghi Makes Case for Peace, Bush Is Unpersuaded. (Threat of War)
As Cardinal Pio Laghi, perhaps the last opponent of war President Bush will meet face-to-face prior to a U.S.-led attack against Iraq, made the case for peace, the president was engaged and attentive. "He was interested, listening to me, communicating...
Priests Say Bishop Issues Gag Order. (Church in Crisis)
Under penalty of excommunication or suspension, a Pennsylvania bishop imposed a gag order for all his priests, forbidding them from voicing public disagreement with diocesan policy. Speaking on condition their names not be revealed, some priests...
Report Details Weakened Environmental Protections
The Natural ,Resources Defense Council, a national environmental advocacy group with more than 500,000 members and headquarters in Washington. released its aroma] report covering the year 2002 in late January. Titled "Rewriting the Rules: The Bush...
Scandal's Fallout Still Settling in Palm Beach: After Losing Two Bishops in Sex Abuse Crisis, Florida Diocese Struggles to Recover. (Church in Crisis)
In Palm Beach, Fla., the first Sunday in February was the kind of warm, sunny day that snowbirds fly south for. On the grounds of Holy Name of Jesus Church in West Palm Beach, Boy Scout Troop 197 was holding a pancake breakfast to raise money for the...
Sequoias Face Loosened Logging Regulations
The earth's largest life forms are the sequoia trees that grow on the lush western slope of California's Sierra Nevada range. One of these famous cinnamon-colored giants, the "General Sherman," was already a few hundred years old when Jesus walked...
U.S. Force Necessary to Liberate Iraq. (Viewpoint)
Last September, I wrote a column for NCR that opposed the coming war. I said at the time that the United States was overstating the threat from Iraq while downplaying more real dangers. But I am revisiting the issue because I now believe that to not...
Who Do We Say We Are?
One bit of hope to be drawn from the run up to war with Iraq is that so many have earnestly made the case against the use of force. Perhaps this young century, then, will not simply be a continuation of the futile and massive state-sponsored violence...