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. 33, No. 44, October 17

Church Needs Renewed Petrine Ministry
This is the second of 11 articles exploring the future of the papacy. The essays, edited by Gary MacEoin, will be expanded and published as a book, The Papacy and the People of God, by Orbis Books. in the near future. This essay was translated from...
Fabing's Music Echoes in Teresa's Life, Death
Like tens of millions of Catholics worldwide, Jesuit Fr. Bob Fabing was moved by the death of Mother Teresa. Fabing's private mourning was cut short, however, when he was called back into action as a minister -- this time, helping the Missionaries...
Familiar Papal Themes Repeated on Brazil Trip
RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil -- Despite obvious infirmity and the 90 degree heat Pope John Paul II presided at four events during his Oct. 2-5 Brazilian visit, delivering a firm defense of the indissolubility of marriage and the sanctity of life from conception....
Here Are the People Behind the Welcome
BILOXI, Miss. -- At the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it's the people who make this community so dynamic, so alive and so welcoming. Jim Russell When Jim Russell came down from upstate New York in 1967 to see if he...
Hospitality Pays off in Biloxi Parish
BILOXI, Miss. -- In 1699, on Feb. 13, when the French nobleman Pierre Lemoyne, Sieur d'Iberville, touched land in Biloxi Bay, his chaplain, Recollect Fr. Anastasius Douay, said the first Mass on the sand. Three hundred years later, where Lemoyne's...
Immigrants Uncertain as Deadline Nears
LOS ANGELES -- Julio Cerna is a clown. An immigrant from Peru, he has spent much of the last decade making American children laugh. He also runs a small video business and works as a disc jockey at a Los Angeles club. Cerna is one of hundreds...
Martyrs Are Not a Thing of the Past
The book world is a merciless place where special books fight a losing battle with raw commerce. Amid the best-sellers being huckstered and hyped at your local megastore, you are not likely to find How Far to Follow. The Martyrs of Atlas, by Bernardo...
Mass in Oakland Too Critical to Shrug Off
So a group of women and some men got together in downtown Oakland for an outdoor liturgy heavily loaded with reformist language and rituals that the average Catholic won't find in the average parish church. The temptation, of course, is to leave...
Program Builds Shared Ministry in Parishes
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Maybe the average parish never was the quiet place suggested by Catholic nostalgia, but it's clearly not so today. At most places, demands for ministry outstrip existing resources. From running soup kitchens to providing day care,...
Reaching Kids through Rock Music, Scully's a New Kind of Radio Priest
HAYS, Kan. -- "I coulda been a contender," Marlon Brando says in that famous, anguished scene from On the Waterfront. "I coulda been somebody." For many people, the remembrance of things past is a lot like that. Reflection on paths not taken can...
U.N. Convention Ties U.S. to Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court this term is considering a case from Piscataway, N.J., involving a school district that -- needing to lay off someone -- chose a white teacher rather than a black teacher in order to maintain racial diversity. Both teachers were...
Women Candidates Transform Irish Politics
An all-woman slate running for the presidency of Ireland? Go away, as the Irish say to obvious nonsense. But it won't go away -- the stunning reality that even the major parties have put up female candidates untainted by the scandals and corruption...
Women Stake Claim to Rites
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Before Sunday's "Critical Mass," I was thinking about theological nuances, liturgical dance, ritual gestures, disagreement and dialogue, the time and energy our planning meetings took away from my writing, the Real Presence, practical...