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. 41, No. 2, October 29

Arizona Bishops Oppose Proposition: Initiative Will Not Solve Complex Immigration Problems, Says Statement
A proposition before Arizona voters Nov. 2 intended to prevent undocumented workers from voting or receiving some government benefits will do nothing to solve "the complex immigration problems" of Arizona, according to the state's bishops. If passed,...
Boston's Gifts to the Wider Church
We'll try to resist the temptation to delve too deeply into the Boston Red Sox as consoling metaphor for the beleaguered members of the Catholic community in Boston. It is enough to say, perhaps, that the Red Sox going to the World Series is proof...
Candidates Not Welcome in Maine Catholic Churches
A state lawmaker, scheduled to address a women's guild meeting Oct. 5 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Augusta, Maine, was uninvited by direction of the Portland diocese. Even though State Rep. Arthur L. Lerman, a one-term Democrat, was scheduled...
Catholicism as Political Commodity
It took Joe Feuerherd more than a few phone calls to finally track down the details on the Kerry non-excommunication (see story on Page 6). I can't say that I was terribly surprised that a Vatican official could be so used in this election season....
Condemnations Fly Fast and Easy
Less than two weeks remain until Election Day in an election year that has taken on a curious importance for Catholics. The importance is not so much in who wins or loses, but more in what happens within the Catholic community in the aftermath of this...
Diocesan Bankruptcies Place Church Workers at Risk: Settlements Have Potential to Create New Set of Victims
The caller left her number on my answering machine and asked that I contact her ASAP. The urgency in her voice left me puzzled. I wondered what had happened and why she was so insistent that I call her back right away. I had known her as a nun in...
Dioceses Fund Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage Ban
LANSING, Mich. -- The Catholic dioceses of Michigan have provided more than half of the $1 million raised thus far to secure voter approval of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the state. According to campaign finance reports filed Oct....
Disunity Decried: Episcopalians Rebuked but Not Sanctioned for Ordaining Gay Bishop
The Episcopal church should apologize for stirring disunity but will not face serious sanctions for confirming an openly gay bishop, an Anglican church panel said in long-anticipated recommendations made Oct. 18. The panel's 92-page report, issued...
Evangelizers Aim to Build Students' Faith
For just six years a group of young Catholic evangelizers has been catechizing college students across the nation, doing Bible study and teaching church doctrine to hundreds of students at 25 universities in 13 states. The evangelizers have charted...
Globalization in the Classroom: Tensions over Raising Ethical Questions in a Complex Subject
Fairfield (Conn.) University communications scholar Robbin Crabtree wants her students to feel pain. Yes, that's right. Pain. In her undergraduate course titled "Globalization, Media and Culture," Crabtree explores communication with an international...
Globalization: More Than a Three-Credit Course
The concept of globalization encompasses a wide range of issues, from the economic impact of international trade agreements and the protests against them to the influences of corporations, technology, media, tourism and immigration. Such issues have...
Haitian Priest, Advocate of the Poor, Is Imprisoned: Human Rights Activists Say Arrest Was Illegal, No Evidence for Allegations
Human rights activists in Haiti and the United States have strongly criticized what they claim is the illegal arrest of Fr. Gerard Jean-Juste, a Haitian Catholic priest and well known advocate of the poor. The priest was seized last month while serving...
Kerry's 'Excommunication' Short-Lived
Until last week, the Los Angeles canon lawyer seeking to have John Kerry excommunicated for his pro-abortion views had experienced only modest success in publicizing his cause. That changed Oct. 19 when The New York Times picked up the story, giving...
Key Changes in Bishops' Abuse Policy Review Board
More than two years after the U.S. bishops appointed a lay-run board to oversee implementation of their child-protection plans and investigate the causes of the clergy sex abuse crisis, it is transition time. Key members are leaving the panel, which...
Liturgists Want Inculturation That Fosters Active Faith
Liturgy must speak through culture to the local reality of life if it is to fully nourish people's faith and active participation as church, Catholic liturgy experts in India say. Twenty specialists of the Indian Liturgical Association marked the...
Multicultural Approach a Growing Campus Ministry Need: Catholic Ministers Take on Challenge of Diverse Student Population
"God is so happy. We're all here on Washington Square worshiping him," said Fr. John McGuire. The Dominican priest and native New Yorker has directed Catholic campus ministry at New York University for nine years, during which he has seen a growing...
Nurturing Academia in a War Zone: Holy Land's Only Catholic University Brings Hope in Face of Violence, Security Clampdowns
after Jerusalem, perhaps even more than Nazareth. the favorite site for Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land has been Bethlehem. the famous "City of David" where tradition tells us Jesus Christ was born. There's little in Bethlehem today, however, to...
Persistance for the Future: Getting to School Was Worth the Risk for Bethlehem U. Grad
Like recent college graduates the world over, Annaliza Younan is proud of her achievement, graduating with honors from her university's School of Business. Unlike some college grads still scanning the want ads, she's fortunate to have found a good...
Plant a Tree and Save the World
The ash tree in my front yard--with its vaulted branches and massive trunk--is close to 50 years old. I've lived in this house only two years; still, the tree is like an old friend. The tree's many dead branches moved my father to consult an arborist....
Poverty Cuts Children's Chances for a Future
Part Eight: Children Photos of Latin America's charming children can take your breath away. But behind many of those images are stories that shock and numbers that overwhelm. About 27.4 million children under the age of 14 in Latin America are working....
Programs Couple International Study and Service
University of Notre Dame senior Melody Gonzalez, having two parents from Mexico, had traveled to Tijuana many times while growing up in Santa Ana, Calif. She picked up people from the airport. She bought things. But a recent two-month summer stay at...
Red and Blue Catholics and More: U.S. Catholic Church Has at Least Three Constituencies
Some people seem to think that Catholics are as evenly and bitterly divided as the U.S. electorate appears to be in the run-up to the November presidential election. Political commentators have been telling us for months that this election will...
SOA Protesters Won't Face Metal Detectors
When thousands of demonstrators descend on Fort Benning, Ga., the end of next month to protest U.S. military training of Latin American soldiers, they will not have to go through metal detectors local officials said were necessary to protect against...
Starting Point
The bulletin board on our first floor is the "main" board for in-house notes. It holds reminders of schedules and dates, complaints, thank-yous, where-are-yous, and many other tidbits of the patina of monastic life. A board downstairs has more to do...
Student Minister Offers a View from the Dorms and the Study Halls
Strolling through the quad on the sprawling campus of St. John's University in Jamaica, the largest black neighborhood in the borough of Queens, N.Y., is a lot "like walking through the United Nations." It can also be "intimidating," said Jenna Gorman...
The Marvelous St. Fidgeta: Tales of a 7-Year-Old Martyr Are a Gem of Religious Burlesque
Finding myself in an unfamiliar Vermont Catholic church one early spring Sunday, I looked over the weekly bulletin that offered, along with the usual listings, details on saints whose feasts were coming up. St. Anne Line caught my eye--someone I'd...
The Unbearable Perils of Being: 'Vera Drake' Looks at Women's Dilemmas; 'I [Heart] Huckabees' Examines Existential Angst
Vera Drake was named best film at the Venice Film Festival of 2004 and will be on most best-movies lists this year, including mine. Director Mike Leigh ("Secrets and Lies," "Topsy-Turvy") is always on the side of the underdog. Here his London heroine,...
We Have Family in Iraq in Danger
The following is a letter from members of the Iraq Coordinating Committee, a collaborative effort of the North American Justice Promoters of the Dominican Order and the Dominican Leadership Conference, the networking body of Dominican religious leaders...
Yoga at the University: Center Trains Teachers
The encounter of West with East has a long tradition in the Jesuit order, dating back to the 16th century, when Francis Xavier, patron saint of the missions, journeyed to India and Japan, and when Mateo Ricci settled in China, taught mathematics to...