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. 42, No. 22, March 31

A Request of Cardinal George
Chicago Cardinal Francis George acknowledges responsibility for the fiasco that evolved out of what is supposed to be that archdiocese's child abuse prevention program. He is right to do so. But we are left wondering what he means by that. The...
A Victory for Religious Freedom: Court Decision Introduces the Writings of Chief Justice Roberts
It is a happy day when the Catholic bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals and the American Civil Liberties Union win a unanimous decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on an issue related to religious freedom. That day came Feb. 21 when...
Catholic Church in Cuba Strives to Reestablish the Faith
Second of two parts The Catholic church, suppressed for decades, is undergoing a slow revival in Cuba in recent vears. While it still exists under restrictions and its numbers have dropped, it is able, as one bishop said, "to humbly put forward...
Churches Take Immigration Reform Fight into the Streets
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Catholics followed up a massive rally for immigration reform in the nation's capital March 7 with rallies in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Chicago. Bishops in California, Colorado and Georgia issued pastoral statements on the issue....
Church Lobbyists Battle to Limit Abuse Suits: More Than a Dozen States Consider Lifting Statutes of Limitations
In a series of emotional hearings taking place in state capitols across the country, clergy sex abuse victims and church lobbyists both say they want justice, though there's no consensus on what that might look like or how to get there. Proposals...
Commuters on the Go Take to Jesuit Spirituality on the Move
LONDON -- Jesuits in Britain have successfully launched a "pray-as-you-go" Web site aimed at putting stressed-out commuters and other travelers in touch with God via their iPods and cell phones. Since Ash Wednesday, March 1, the Jesuit Media Initiatives...
Expensive Catholic Words
I don't know if "prudence" is in Archbishop Pius Alick Vundla Ncube's vocabulary, but the Zimbabwean prelate has placed himself squarely in the front lines of advocacy for the country's poor and that means also squarely in opposition to Robert Mugabe,...
Iraqi Resistance You Don't Hear About
Eclipsed from the headlines by the carnage in Iraq, there is a civil resistance in the country that opposes the occupation, the regime it protects and the jihadist and Baathist "resistance" Mike. This besieged opposition--under threat of repression...
It's Time for Beautiful 'Feminine Blooms': The Wisdom of the Syriac Fathers Inspires Feminine Images of God
"All we have of God is metaphor. We don't have anything else," said Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Nancy Lee Smith. An iconographer, the 66-year-old Sr. Smith recently held an exhibition of paintings to expand the metaphors available in people's minds...
John Allen Headed for New York
NCR STAFF John L. Allen Jr., the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter based in Rome for the past six years, will be relocating to New York in July, a move that will allow him to report more extensively on the Catholic church...
Modest Cut in Arms Spending Could Help Solve Real Problems
Returning home in 1945 after taking part in the grisly business of bombing cities, I was amused to find civilians stalwartly digging victory gardens while holding up bravely "for the Duration" under the burden of sugar and gasoline rationing. You had...
Reaching across the Boundaries: 'Joyeux Noel' Follows WWI Christmas Truce; Multiracial 'Crash' Didn't Deserve Its Oscar
It's too late to wish readers a Merry Christmas, but the just-opened Joyeux Noel is a French movie that might make you feel joyous even in these times. Based on a real happening during World War I, it follows events behind the Christmas Eve truce of...
Report: No Effective Monitoring in Chicago
Eighteen Chicago archdiocese "accused priest abusers" live at church-owned facilities under an "honor code" system where their activities and whereabouts are largely unsupervised. Some have regular access to children and other vulnerable people, such...
Starting Point
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world. --Ephesians 6:11-12...
Students in School 12 Hours a Day: Washington Jesuit Academy Adopts a Winning Approach to Education
Ample praise is heaped on Jesuit educators for running 74 U.S. high schools and 28 colleges and universities. I was lucky to have studied at one of the schools and am privileged, too, to be teaching at another. I've visited dozens of others over the...
The Picture of Forbearance: Gerrit Van Honthorst Depicts Christ Holding His Peace before Caiaphas
Art historian Sr. Wendy Beckett is writing NCR's Lenten series. Each week during Lent, she discusses a work of art as it illustrates the life of Jesus. FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT: "Christ before the High Priest," by Gerrit van Honthorst, c. 1617 So...
Zimbabwe, Low on Food, Close to Chaos under Mugabe
In 1980, at the end of a civil war, Zimbabwe was relatively prosperous. This southern African state--formerly Rhodesia--was the breadbasket of the region. Robert Mugabe, the guerrilla leader turned prime minister, had won independence from Britain,...