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. 44, October 13

Bells and Whistles That Annoy and Save
Reporters stand five deep in line in the hallway, waiting to use the conference's free Internet access to check their e-mail. I contemplate my usual e-mail -- soppy inspirational messages, long stupid jokes, graphics I can't open, online shopping promotions...
Bush V. Gore Is Only Part of the Debate
In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville observed nearly 170 years ago, "I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America." He was explaining then that when a majority public opinion...
Charities Workers Say Many Are Left Behind
While the latest government reports paint a rosy picture of the U.S. economy, people working on the front lines of Catholic Charity agencies across the nation have a much different view. At mock "legislative hearings" held during the Sept. 29-Oct....
Conflict of Interest Charge Rocks Refugee Agency
Two officials of the Atlanta archdiocese have resigned amid allegations that refugees lived in squalid conditions under the church's refugee resettlement program, conditions that included substandard housing owned by the wife of one of the officials....
Food for Poor Head Resigns amid Scandal
Allegations of sexual and financial misconduct are swirling around Food for the Poor, prompting the resignation Sept. 25 of the charity's founder and president, Ferdinand Mahfood. Food for the Poor, the 66th-largest charitable organization on an...
Hate.Com
HBO documentary on Internet hate groups sidesteps messy questions of First Amendment for naive mishmash How do you say something bad about a guy who sticks up for Jews and blacks? With trepidation. But we'll see. Some years ago one of the several...
He Was God's Agent in Hollywood
On Oct. 3, a memorial service was held for Paulist Fr. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser at the theater of the Writers Guild of America in Beverly Hills. Kieser, 71, died of complications following cancer surgery Sept. 16. Kieser produced the feature films "Romero,"...
Inside NCR
It is easy to identify with the person who says, in Sr. Evelyn Mattern's account on page 13, "Africa is off my mental map." Africa is such an enormous and varied reality that it is easy to push it off into the pile of geo-political clutter one always...
Kenya
Visit to desert town is daunting When I asked a cardiologist friend to help me get medicines to take to a clinic in northeast Kenya, he said, "Of course. But Africa is off my mental map. We hardly hear about it in the U.S." His comment resonated...
Law Aids Faith-Based Groups with Land Use Problems
A law protecting religious freedom passed by Congress and recently signed by President Clinton will not in all probability bring about major changes in American life. But the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 gives more guarantees...
Letters
Editor's note: Because of the volume of letters received in reaction to Our coverage of the Vatican document, Dominus Iesus (NCR, Sept. 15), we have dedicated the entire Letters space this week to that subject. We trimmed some letters more than usual...
Nation
Michigan church wants apology for cartoon Michigan church officials demanded an apology from the Detroit Free Press for its Sept. 26 editorial cartoon, which they described as anti-Catholic. The six-panel cartoon by Mike Thompson blasted a school...
New Chinese Saints Raise Old Animosities
Vatican, Beijing each has own version of history While the Vatican has accused Beijing of being "partial and nonobjective" in its criticism of the Oct. 1 canonization of 120 Chinese martyrs, some observers believe the version of Chinese Catholic...
The Times Are Good with Pee Wee
Pee Wee and I work side by side. We wrap and ship bonsai pots from a barn here at the monastery. I am white; Pee Wee is black. We are the about the same age. One day I asked Pee Wee what it was like growing up here in Georgia. We were stuffing paper...
Use Surplus for Affordable Housing, Group Says
A religious coalition formed last year to deal with the nation's housing crisis has petitioned President Clinton and other political leaders, asking them to assign a projected $5 billion surplus in the nation's federal housing budget to creating more...
U.S. Troops to El Salvador
Opponents cry foul as soldiers, once withdrawn, return to fight drugs U.S. armed forces, withdrawn from El Salvador under the 1992 Peace Accords, are active again in that country unders a controversial agreement that opponents say violates the peace...
World
Two missionaries killed in Africa Pope John Paul II appealed for victims of violence in Africa, including two Italian missionaries killed in armed attacks. Speaking at a general audience Oct. 4, the pope offered special prayers for Comboni Fr....