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. 36, No. 4, November 12

Academic Leaders Hope to Head off Bishops' Vote on Ex Corde Norms
Catholic university presidents are making a last-ditch effort to head off a Nov. 17 vote by U.S. Catholic bishops that many academics say could threaten the future of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. Until the vote, it's...
Addenda
A SUSPECT has been arrested in connection with the murder in India of an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons, who were burned alive inside their vehicle in January. Andha Naik was arrested in a village in India's Bihar state, the same...
`Again Setting Foot on Common Ground'
Declaration finds consensus on salvation In prayerful but festive ceremonies over the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31, top Roman Catholic and Lutheran officials said in a joint statement that the two faith bodies now hold similar views on salvation --...
Attention Is Deep Hunger in All of Us
I paid attention to the sausages this morning. Tended each one individually, rolling it carefully onto the white side strip and gently supporting with the spatula until the grease sizzled it as all-over brown as a nudist in the tropics. Usually I plunk...
Author Morris West Lived in `Shadow of Eternity'
Morris L. West, the best-selling author whose novels foresaw the election of an East European pope and a papal assassination attempt, died Oct. 9 at his home in Sydney, Australia. He was 83. A lifelong Catholic, West said in a 1996 interview that...
Catholics, Lutherans Celebrate Signing Accord
With gestures as evocative as the nailing of a declaration on a church door or as intimate as an invitation to a coffee klatch, Catholics and Lutherans in the United States and Canada marked the Oct. 31 signing of an agreement on justification. ...
Here, Kid, Try This Machine Gun
It was a wonderful warm spring day in 1991 when I walked into the local mall and discovered the ground floor had been turned into a military encampment. Camouflage material was draped everywhere. The space where local groups normally pitched their...
Letters
Bambi-ization of law * If Eugene Kennedy's intent in writing is to "unsettle," he achieved his purpose again in "Georgetown joins Bambi-ization of law" (NCR, Sept. 17). Reading his article stirred several questions in me. I wonder out of which cosmology...
Nation
Carter working with Graham to help suffering Iraqis Former President Jimmy Carter has sharply criticized the U.S. policy of sanctions against Iraq and said he is working with evangelist Billy Graham to help people who are suffering in that country....
New York Reflects America's Best and Worst
New Burns film tells the city's story If you don't like New York City -- and there are a few who don't -- well, stay tuned anyway. The American Experience presentation, "New York: A Documentary Film," a six-part series to be broadcast on PBS...
No Turning Back
Pilgrim church has ventured beyond the fortress Hope is the oxygen of the soul. Many today are afflicted with fear and hopelessness and find it difficult to breathe in the church. Air is such a striking image of grace. How do we find air to breathe...
Return to Readers' Favorite Books
Cathie D'Auria Phoenix Ask to Fire: A Contemporary Journey Through the Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila by Carolyn Humphreys (New City Press, 1997, $9.95) is realistic, practical and easy reading for those laity and theologians who are seriously...
Some Say, `Leave the Church Alone, Get out There and Evangelize'
Just before his death in June, Cardinal Basil Hume, archbishop of Westminster in England, warned against the "danger of concentrating too much on life within the church, of being too inward-looking. I suspect it is a trick of the devil," he wrote,...
There's Still Writing Room in the Bottle
Do you hear that sound? (I'm doing my best to be dramatic here.) It's us hurtling toward that fuzzy, inaccurate, overhyped, under-understood but nevertheless resounding moment when we pass over from this millennium to the next. If we sleep through...
Time for Academies to Teach U.S. Youth to Wage Peace
From the window of the high school where I taught for three decades, I rarely gave a second look or thought to military recruiters stepping lively into the guidance department to encourage students to make the military their career choice. Yet,...
Vatican Offers Symbols of Harmony
Interreligious summit tried to avoid clash, but the issues remain Symbols sometimes go where words cannot -- or dare not -- follow, and for advocates of detente among the world's religions, a Vatican-sponsored summit of spiritual leaders Oct. 24-28...
Why Do I Want to Join This Church?
I am 45 years old, have worked as a religious professional for 22 years in the Unitarian Universalist Association, and now I am about to join the Roman Catholic church. "No thinking person would do that," I am told. No thinking woman would do that....
World
Indian government condemns campaigns against papal visit India's new pro-Hindu government told parliament for the first time that it condemns Hindu nationalists' campaigns against Pope John Paul II's visit to India, and it stressed that the "pope...