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. 37, No. 36, August 10

Abortion Rift Troubles Pax Christi
Controversy over pro-choice speaker raises `seamless garment' questions Liberal Catholics have often squared off against conservative Catholics over abortion. What makes a recent battle over abortion and free speech unusual, though, is that contenders...
African Bishops Reject Condoms to Counter AIDS
Debate adds to growing body of conflicting views among world's bishops The Southern African Bishops' Conference released a statement in late July saying the promotion of condom use to combat HIV/AIDS was an "immoral and misguided weapon against...
Appointees Spark Controversy
Bush's picks linked to Reagan-era Latin American policies Despite recent claims that he wants to chart new waters in Latin American relations, President Bush is pressing ahead with filling key foreign policy posts with figures connected to Oliver...
Appointments Insult Human Rights Cause
Whatever qualities President Bush may recognize in his recent appointments to several key foreign policy posts, what much of the rest of the world sees is a brusque affront to the cause of human rights and a particular insult to several countries in...
Black Catholic Women Seek Renewal
Speaker calls on them to regain their roots At the National Gathering for Black Catholic Women, the spirit of sisterhood enveloped Notre Dame de Namur Sr. Patricia Chappell. Wherever she turned, women stopped her to chat, steal an embrace or...
Cardinal George Fires Gabe Huck, Longtime Liturgical Publisher
Move marks escalation of campaign to change direction of liturgical renewal since Vatican II The recent firing of Gabe Huck, longtime director of one of the major publishers of liturgical materials, is the latest indication of a campaign to change...
Historians Suspend Study of Vatican Archives
VATICAN CITY: Five historians appointed in 1999 by the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations suspended their study of the Vatican's role in the Holocaust,...
Honoring a Giant of the Anti-Apartheid Fight
Georgetown President John J. "Jack" DeGioia and his wife, Theresa, last month honored retired Archbishop Denis Hurley of Durbin, South Africa, at a dinner. DeGioia succeeded Jesuit Fr. Leo J. O'Donovan as Georgetown's 48th president and its first lay...
Hopes Rise That U.S. Will Adopt Fair Policies for Immigrants
Catholic and other immigrant advocates have expressed optimism about the chances for new laws and regulations that they hope will make immigration more legal, orderly and safe, including amnesty for some people in the United States illegally. Mexican...
How about a Cardinal Who Is Mamabile?
New qualities needed in a new age The recent gathering of cardinals in Rome has come and gone. I suppose it was quite something to see a giant swell of red hats in waves of motion: standing, sitting, kneeling in unison. I heard on the radio that...
Iconography Rich as Leaders Meet
Symbolism aside, pope is `sir' to President Bush When a pope meets a U.S. president, something more is in the air than usually attends meetings of world leaders. More than political titans, these are embodiments of two mythic institutions. The White...
If Bishops Teach, Do They Need a Mandate?
America's Catholic bishops voted recently to require all those who teach theology in Catholic colleges and universities to receive a mandate from them, in effect a license, as a guarantee that theology teachers will convey Catholic doctrine in the...
Injured Priest Helps Wounded South Africans Heal
`More of a priest with no hands than I ever was with two hands' There are times when Fr. Michael Lapsley would like to clap, pat himself or another person on the back. But he cannot. Eleven years ago someone in the South African government sent...
Inside NCR
Columnist Kris Berggren regularly shakes up the status quo with disarming arming questions that come from her fresh view of this old world and an imagination that is constantly wondering about new possibilities. She sees things differently. All of...
Pakistan Upholds Death Sentence for Blasphemy
A Pakistani appeals court last month confirmed the death sentence of a Christian charged with having made derogatory remarks against the Muhammad. The case of Ayub Masih received international attention when Pakistani Bishop John Joseph of Faisalabad...
Pope-Is-Antichrist Campaign Meets with Resistance
By CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE A billboard near the Oregon-California border that calls the pope the Antichrist and a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle describing the Catholic church as the "Mother of Harlots" have raised concern about a new...
Priest's Testimony Leads to Man's Release after Years in Jail
In a case that raised questions about what constitutes a sacramental confession, a man imprisoned for murder for 13 years was freed July 24 after a priest testified that another man had long ago confessed to the crime. U.S. District Judge Denny...
Professor Pitches Hard-Line Sanctions Policy toward Iraq
Oil for food program debated; Rumsfeld, Powell choose sides While Washington reconsiders its strategy for Iraq, Michael Rubin, professor of history and visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is pitching a hard-line agenda...
Publisher Gave Long Tether to Post Writers
Fair-minded professionalism marked her career Before being hired by The Washington Post in 1969 to write editorials and columns, I was asked to meet with Katharine Graham, the publisher. We talked mostly about writing. She had read some of my articles...
Report: Welfare Reform Leaves Most Needy Behind
By RELIGION NEWS SERVICE Washington As politicians nationwide tout declining welfare rolls as evidence of successful welfare reform, most of those who leave welfare remain mired in poverty without the means to meet basic needs such as food and health...
The Day It All Fell in on Me
My kindergarten teacher was Miss Temple. I went to Jackson Street School, which, wonder of wonders, was on Jackson Street in Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y. My twin, Jimmy, and I walked there every school morning in the year 1953. I think that was the...
Thomas Berry
Earth's crisis is fundamentally spiritual A woman started it. Then a soft-spoken Catholic priest deepened its scope. The ecology movement began in .earnest in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and her warning that our use...
Why Deterrence Is Better Than Missile Shield
For the past five decades, the United States has relied on a policy of nuclear deterrence as a way of averting nuclear war. U.S. and Soviet leaders knew that if either fired nuclear weapons at the other, mass mutual destruction would be the result....